But above all we need an addiction to danger. We must yearn for the deep water. We need to be ready to risk everything. Because what actually are we afraid of? The Gospel teaches us that whoever loses their life for Christ’s sake will find it. If we risk everything, we will gain everything, and in any case nothing can take away from us the triumph of the cross or the worship of the Church.
Last week General Synod backed a drive to create new churches on estates throughout the country. This movement has been growing for some time: see https://estatechurches.org/ and it was good to see it receive overwhelming support, especially as this challenge is very close to the serving, risk-taking and radical hearts of deacons. https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/general-synod-backs-drive-create-new-churches-estates However, the … Continue reading NEW CHURCHES ON ESTATES: +Philip North at General Synod
7 steps to become a Church of and for the poor From a talk by Philip North, Bishop of Burnley at New Wine United 2017 In his talk at New Wine, entitled, "Hope for the Poor", Philip North, Bishop of Burnley, pointed out that we are seeing the slow and steady withdrawal of church life from those … Continue reading +PHILIP NORTH: how to become a church for and of the poor