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Numbers have always mattered

Numbers have always mattered

The numbers: David Goodhew argues that numerical growth has always been central to the Church's mission

Dangers of the shallow end

Dangers of the shallow end

Spiritual growth: Laurence Freeman OSB says that churches should seek depth as well as width

Where the Spirit pleases

Where the Spirit pleases

The location: what happens if growth happens elsewhere, Stephen Spencer   asks

Looking for inspiration? Why not take a lead from the drug-dealers

Looking for inspiration? Why not take a lead from the drug-dealers

Listening: churches need to start from where people are, argues Nick Ralph

The cathedrals’ secret

The cathedrals’ secret

Cathedrals: Stephen Hance explains their recent success

What larger churches can offer

What larger churches can offer

Church-planting: Ric Thorpe describes the contribution that city-centre churches can make

My tips: Pete Broadbent

 Serve decent coffee: no more grotty instant in ancient teapots

My tips: Linda Woodhead

Most services are too long and too wordy. People want space to find God. Try not to fill it up with distractions

My tips: Parish priest

Introduce a nurture course

My tips: Philip North and Dan Tyndall

Keep the church building open seven days a week. People matter more than candlesticks

Interview: Helen Bate founder, Pictures to Share

Interview: Helen Bate founder, Pictures to Share

'Visual images have a great power with people with dementia'

Caption competition

Caption competition

AN IMPROMPTU tableau by the tomb of King John in Worcester Cathedral attracted some cultural references in our latest caption competition

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

Robert returned the little one to the nest

Parish and deanery minutes

A reader asks if the minutes of the PCC standing committee be available to PCC members

Diary

The Revd Sister Rosemary has never understood being frightened for fun

A bit of sparkle

Christopher Fielden samples Prosecco

Not fade away: the challenge for the Church

Not fade away: the challenge for the Church

Grace Davie examines the changes in Britain that have affected religious adherence

New home, new friends?

New home, new friends?

Retirement housing has come a long way in the past few years, providing more than just a roof over your head. Report by Jemima Thackray

Tales from the church bread line

Tales from the church bread line

In their own words: three people helped out of debt talked to Rebecca Paveley.

And Kieran Dodds photographed and listened to three foodbank users

Interview: Barbara Brown Taylor, priest, author, professor of religion

Interview: Barbara Brown Taylor, priest, author, professor of religion

'People expect the person at the microphone to have solutions. I don't have solutions'

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

Tony showed the churchwarden's wand was just a trick, honest

Out of the question

A readeres asks why Jesus is called an "apostle" in Hebrews 3.1

Diary

Serenhedd James's work with the Cowley Project takes him to Boston

The latest fashion

Jamie Cable is left swooning over the stately spires of verbascums

Crossword 1322

Crossword 1322

by Peter Chamberlain

Resurrection to redemption

Resurrection to redemption

Unity Spencer, an artist like her father, Stanley, describes a life in search of redemption

The journey, not the arrival

The journey, not the arrival

The Alban pilgrimage is now fixed in the calendar. Kevin Walton describes its impact

Interview: Hugh Williamson, Hebrew scholar

Interview: Hugh Williamson, Hebrew scholar

'I am appalled at how ignorant most churchgoers are about the Old Testament'

Caption competition

Caption competition

NOT sure what it was about this caption competition, but it seemed to encourage multiple entries. . .

Alto's Adventure

Alto's Adventure Snowman Platform: iOS, 9+ Technically Alto's Adventure is just another endless runner video-game. These offer an ever faster and harder challenge to stay alive while your...  Read More

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Leader: A work of the Spirit

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Sat 4 Jul 15 @ 2:32
Gospel of Jesus’s Wife is a forgery, say theologians http://t.co/vkev7qNTOk http://t.co/pXmzeXHgva

Fri 3 Jul 15 @ 21:18
"Angry and despairing" - are women being sidelined in the Roman Catholic Church? http://t.co/Ta9g31eFa8 http://t.co/mNYTEF6pqY