Right across the world there is a drift from the country to the towns and cities. Ireland is not exempt from this trend and is witnessing the expansion of existing population centres along with new commuter towns springing up in their shadow. Simultaneously, we see rapid decline in both numbers and missional influence of many of our existing congregations in the old urban centres. The Urban Mission Network exists to stimulate conversation, thinking and new models aimed at reversing this trend through meetings of those involved in urban ministry and regular e-bulletins.
Earlier this year the Presbyterian Church in Ireland launched a panel dedicated to the development of urban mission throughout Ireland.
Part of the panel’s work is to launch and maintain an Urban Mission Network intended to:-
• support those working in urban situations
• stimulate new thinking about the contemporary Irish urban context
• spotlight resources relevant to urban mission
Network offers a new way of connecting within the Presbyterian family. It is not a decision-making body like presbytery or a board of the General Assembly. Based around the single unifying issue of involvement in mission in urban areas, the Urban Mission Network will offer an informal opportunity to support and learn from one another through face-to-face gatherings, web-based resources and e-bulletins.
This first e-bulletin further explains the thinking behind the Urban Mission Network and what it offers to the church and its mission at local level.
Why not use the material and the questions posed as the basis of a discussion about your congregation’s local, urban mission in your Kirk Session or Mission Plan group?
To listen to the talks given at the Urban Mission Gathering: Tim Keller Unplugged click the link below
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