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Church Ministry on Council Estates

What does church ministry in some of the toughest communities in Britain look like? How can churches actively think about working in those communities?


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In this episode, Phil Topham (Executive Director) is joined by Ian Williamson (former pastor, now Executive Director of Medhurst Ministries) to discuss the challenges and opportunities of church ministry in deprived communities.

00:00 - Introduction
02:04 - Ministry in Middlesborough
06:49 - Long-term ministry in deprived areas
- Unique challenges for churches in hard places
12:40 - Have churches focused on social work more than spiritual work?
17:25 - Bringing the gospel to your old life
22:15 - Visible and invisible sins
24:52 - Paid staff in council estate church plants
28:02 - How can churches support ministry in deprived areas?

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