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Dumb Yet Dumber, or Smart Yet Wise 1/2

I sat in a meeting talking about how we might be able to help women in hard places do women’s ministry. The thing is, I’m sitting there thinking, ‘This is crazy! What have we got

Stressed to the Max: How Does God Want Us to Deal With Stress?

This is part 2 of a 2 part blog series on the issue of stress written by Sharon Dickens (20schemes director of women’s ministry). In the previous post, we looked at what stress is, how

Stressed to the Max: How Do You Know if You’re Too Stressed?

This is part 1 of a 2 part blog series on the issue of stress written by Sharon Dickens (20schemes director of women’s ministry). How Do You Know if You’re Too Stressed? ‘Come to me, all

‘He Will Hold Me Fast’ – 20schemes Music

Introduction – by Sol Fenne A few years ago at a Niddrie Community Church weekend away we sang Matt Merker’s re-working of the hymn ‘He Will Hold Me Fast’. For us at 20schemes, this hymn

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

‘Reach Out’ – 20schemes Music

‘Reach Out’ is a song my wife and I have written together. We’ve both been playing music for years, and while we’ve been involved in writing music before with bands, this is the first song

Announcing 20schemes Weekender November 2017

We’re excited to announce that 20schemes will be running another Weekender mini-conference in November 2017 at Niddrie Community Church. Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th November 2017 20schemes Weekenders are always sold-out events and this Weekender,

‘This Is Grace’ – 20schemes Music

I wrote ‘This Is Grace’ after realising that for the past few months I’ve been going around encouraging believers in our churches to write their own songs and hadn’t until now written one myself. This

Don’t Forget Those Who Support Our Front Line Ministries!

In 2012, 20schemes was founded on a hope and a prayer. A hope that God would use the vision of two local church pastors to create, facilitate and resource 20 church plants or revitalisations among

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

‘Resting Place’ – 20schemes Music

Over the past few months myself and a small team have been working on writing, rehearsing, recording and shooting five music videos which will all be available to view on the 20schemes YouTube channel soon.

New Church Plant in Bingham and Magdalene

Bingham and Magdalene are schemes to the north of Niddrie in Edinburgh. We’ve been in discussions with a small church in Bingham called Southfield Hall about revitalising the work there and have had a team

Why Is The Christian Life So Hard? An Excerpt From ‘WAR: Why Did Life Just Get Harder?’

This post is adapted from the first chapter of WAR: Why Did Life Just Get Harder? by Mez McConnell, available on the 20schemes Store where all sales directly support the ministry. The early years Meet

Specialist Media and Communications Internship Opportunity with 20schemes

For a number of years now, 20schemes has been offering ministry internships in the schemes of Scotland that combine training and practice. We want to see individuals equipped and trained to use their gifts for

Sing To Him A New Song

  Music and singing is a unique and fundamental part of corporate worship. Unique in its distinction as the mutual and participatory act of worship. Set apart from the reading of the Bible, praying and

No, You’re Not Welcome To Our New Church Launch!

Not beating about the bush, let me give you this blog in a sentence: Thanks SO much for supporting our church plant. But unless you’re local to Gracemount, please, please, please DON’T come to our

Is God anti-gay? A Conference With Sam Allberry

It’s the hot topic of the moment. Christians, the church and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. And there is growing hostility towards those who hold a different