National Estate Churches Network

Reading List

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Christian Reading List

Finding the Treasure: Good News from the Estates

Al Barrett

Thanks to the generosity of both the editor, Al Barrett, and the publisher, SPCK, NECN will benefit financially from sales of this book

Being Interrupted: Reimagining the Church’s Mission from the Outside, In

Al Barrett & Ruth Harley

David Sheppard – Batting for the Poor: The authorized biography of the celebrated cricketer and bishop

Andrew Bradstock

Intelligent Church: A Journey Towards Christ-Centred Community

Steve Chalke

A Call to Act: Building A Poverty Busting Lifestyle

Martin Charlesworth & Natalie Williams

A Church for the Poor: Transforming the church to each the poor in Britain today

Martin Charlesworth & Natalie Williams

The Myth of the Undeserving Poor: A Christian response to poverty in Britain today

Martin Charlesworth & Natalie Williams

Everyday Church: Mission by Being Good Neighbours

Tim Chester & Steve Timmis

Good News to the Poor : The Gospel Through Social Involvement

Tim Chester

Unreached: Growing Churches In Working-Class And Deprived Areas

Tim Chester

Mission in Marginal Places: The Theory

Paul Cloke & Mike Pears

Mission in Marginal Places: The Praxis

Paul Cloke & Mike Pears

Mission in Marginal Places: The Stories

Paul Cloke & Mike Pears

Crossover City: Resources for Urban Mission and Transformation

Andrew Davey

Poverty: The Inclusive Church Resource

Susan Durber

Chav Christianity: Exploring What It Looks Like to Be a Working-Class Christian

Darren Edwards

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread : From Argos to the altar – A priest’s story

Father Alex Frost

Jesus and Jellied Eels

Jesus and Jellied Eels: Making sense of my life

Laurie Green

Blessed are the Poor? : Urban Poverty and the Church

Laurie Green

Urban Ministry and the Kingdom of God

Laurie Green

Fruitfulness on the Frontline: Making a Difference Where You Are

Mark Greene

Here I Am: Joining God’s Adventurous Call to Love the World

Andy Hawthorne

Faith in the Poor: Britain’s poor reveal what it’s really like to be ‘socially excluded’

Bob Holman

Urban to the Core: Motives for Incarnational Mission

Juliet Kilpin

The Word on the Street

Rob Lacey

Not Forgotten: Walking with Jesus in the Wilderness

Chris Lane

Ordinary Miracles: Mess, meals, and meeting Jesus in unexpected places

Chris Lane

Ministering Cross-Culturally: A Model for Effective Personal Relationships

Sherwood G. Lingenfelter and Marvin K Mayers

12 Rules for Christian Activists: A Toolkit for Massive Change

Ellen Loudon

Church Unplugged: Remodelling Church Without Losing your Soul

David Male

Church in Hard Places

Mez McConnell & Mike McKinley

Beyond the Good Samaritan

Ann Morisy

12 Rules for Northern Soul: Football, Punk, Jesus

David O’Brien

Pilgrims and Priests: Christian Mission in a Post-Christian Society

Stefan Paas

Together for the City: How Collaborative Church Planting Leads to Citywide Movements

Neil Powell and John James

Reimagining Mission from Urban Places: Missional Pastoral Care

Anna Ruddick

Seeking a City with Foundations: Theology For An Urban World

David W. Smith

A Gathering Momentum: Stories of Christian unity transforming our towns and cities

Roger Sutton

Invisible Divides: Class, culture and barriers to belonging in the Church

Natalie Williams and Paul Brown

Secular Reading List

Skint Estate: Notes from the Poverty Line

Cash Carraway

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class

Owen Jones

Estates: An Intimate History

Lynsey Hanley

Lowborn: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain’s Poorest Towns

Kerry Hudson

Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain’s Underclass

Darren McGarvey

The Fall and Rise of Social Housing: 100 Years on 20 Estates

Becky Tunstall