All posts by Mez McConnell

Mez McConnell, is the Senior Pastor of Niddrie Community Church (Edinburgh, Scotland) and the founder and Ministry Director of 20schemes. He has been involved in full time pastoral ministry, both church planting and revitalisation since 1999.

The New Urban Crisis: Jesus Didn’t Start ‘Upstream’

This is the final post of a three part review of Richard Florida’s book, ‘The New Urban Crisis: Gentrification, Housing Bubbles, Growing Inequality and What We Can Do About It’. PART 1 | PART 2

The New Urban Crisis: When Nothing Is Trickling Down

This post is the second in a three part review of Richard Florida’s book, ‘The New Urban Crisis: Gentrification, Housing Bubbles, Growing Inequality and What We Can Do About It’. PART 1 Last time we

The New Urban Crisis: Jesus, The City & The Poor

This post is the first in a three part review of Richard Florida’s book, ‘The New Urban Crisis: Gentrification, Housing Bubbles, Growing Inequality and What We Can Do About It’. Anybody reading my Twitter feed

6 Lessons The UK Church Needs To Learn To Reach Schemes & Council Estates 1/6

PART 1: GROWING NEIGHBOURHOOD CHURCHES Did you know that less than a third of 18 year olds went to university in 2016? Even if we include those who took a gap year that means that

Why Most of What You Believe About Poverty Is Wrong

The Alternative by Mauricio L. Miller This book was recommended to me recently as a bit of a ‘game changer’. It would have to be pretty special to beat Brian Fikkert’s, ‘When Helping Hurts’, but

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How Should We Handle It If Somebody Under Discipline From Another Church Starts Attending Ours?

I have done a four part series on the topic of church discipline in earlier posts so I won’t be visiting old ground here (if you want to read it click here). To summarise: As

first church hire

Why My First Church Hire Was A Woman, And Yours Should Be Too

When I first moved to Niddrie Community Church almost 10 years ago I spent the first 6 months or so getting to know who was in the congregation (it was very small). I wanted to

Complete Strangers

Why You Should Let Complete Strangers Stay In Your Home

For a man’s house is his castle, et domus sua cuique est tutissimum refugium [and each man’s home is his safest refuge]. This was established as common law by the lawyer and politician Sir Edward

A Transatlantic Elegy For An American Hillbilly

I got a tweet from an American friend a while back. “Give this book a try”, he wrote. “It’s a New York Times bestseller and everybody is going on about it. I’d be curious to

Killing Our Sin Before It Kills Us: A Book Review

So, it’s been a while. I can’t remember the last time I wrote a book review on the site. It’s not down to a lack of reading, more a lack of time these days. But,