Category: Church in Hard Places

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 the

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

VOICES: Who Do I Listen To?

The new 9Marks Urban Series – First Steps Of Discipleship, is designed to help people think through the big questions in life in an accessible and practical way. VOICES: Who Do I Listen To? is

WAR: Why Did Life Just Get Harder?

All too often, our heads can feel like they are caught in a dark, lonely battle between what we want to do and what we know we should. God feels distant and we feel dirty.

20schemes Christmas Challenge Fund 2016

After the success of last year’s Christmas Challenge, which brought in nearly $20,000 for gospel ministry in Scotland’s poorest communities, we’re again asking you to consider supporting 20schemes this Christmas time with the Christmas Challenge

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

Learning How To Do Church In Scotland's Schemes

It’s Monday morning; the staff and interns are bleary-eyed from the weekend past, sleepwalking through their morning routine, all thanks to 10 days of intense activity which, on the run up to it, was prophetically

Old Donkeys Needed!

I once heard the story of a people group in somewhere like the Himalayan mountains who used donkeys to carry their belongings and supplies. Their journeys often traversed narrow mountain-passes where treacherous precipices guaranteed fatalities