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Crappy New Year!!

Crappy New Year!!

By Nathan Young, 11 Jan 2018

It’s the first Sunday of the year. I step into the freezing cold empty church hall and my heart sinks a little at the prospect of setting out all the equipment, leading the service, speaking to people afterwards. I’m not looking for your sympathy – just giving you a quick peek into my mind....

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What can our churches learn from a North East Pub

What can our churches learn from a North East Pub

By Ian Williamson, 13 Dec 2017

From the age of 16 to 30 years old I was involved in the local public house trade, starting off as a glass collector, then barman, moving up to manager and finally, after running away with the takings and getting the sack, I became a bouncer. My time ...

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Making things difficult for the working class

Making things difficult for the working class

By Ian Williamson, 17 Nov 2017

Why don’t the working class come to church? A research report conducted by Tear Fund on 'church attendance' in the UK tells us that church attendance is associated with those of higher social grade; that the highest church attendance is by professionals and ...

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Is banter offensive?

Is banter offensive?

By Ian Williamson, 06 Oct 2017

I have grown up in a family and working class culture with banter and humour (often dark) central to all we do. Weddings, funerals, success, failure, pain and suffering, whatever situation we found ourselves in, banter and humour was used to comfort, bring joy, keep u...

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Shy kids get nowt and some brash ones miss out too!

Shy kids get nowt and some brash ones miss out too!

By Ian Williamson, 12 Sep 2017

I have two self funded trainees working with me at New Life Middlesbrough, one has been brought up in a Middle Class Christian home, has attended a number of large, wealthy churches, has been part of the CU at Uni and has a number of professional Christian friends. Th...

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How You Can Support Indigenous Gospel Workers in Middlesbrough

How You Can Support Indigenous Gospel Workers in Middlesbrough

By Ian Williamson, 14 Jul 2017

Chell Ford is one of our indigenous members and is wanting to train with us full time from September 2017. The exciting thing about Chell being indigenous to the area is that she is   has lived on the estate her whole life and has dozens of contacts in the town. ...

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How Kevin Bridges and Peter Kay can teach us to preach to the working class!

How Kevin Bridges and Peter Kay can teach us to preach to the working class!

By Ian Williamson, 12 Jul 2017

When I started my theological training with the Yorkshire School of Christian Ministry, I felt like a fish out of water and after the first day I was ready to give up and go home. I come from an unchurched background and the majority of students there...

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Why did 40 church leaders visit New Life Church Middlesbrough?

Why did 40 church leaders visit New Life Church Middlesbrough?

By Ian Williamson, 07 Jun 2017

On the 19th-20th May, New Life Church hosted its first CiHP Conference and saw over 40 delegates representing churches from England, Scotland and Wales. It was exciting to see so many people with a heart to reach the lost on council estates/housing schemes but it was also sad to be reminded of th...

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Why we don’t need preachers or teachers joining New Life Church Middlesbrough

Why we don’t need preachers or teachers joining New Life Church Middlesbrough

By Ian Williamson, 14 Apr 2017

Why we don’t need preachers or teachers joining New Life Church Middlesbrough We are currently looking to add a couple of gospel workers to our team, we are advertising via the FIEC Jobs section and we are appealing through social media and p...

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Why should Christians consider moving to Middlesbrough?

Why should Christians consider moving to Middlesbrough?

By Ian Williamson, 29 Mar 2017

Why should Christians consider moving to Middlesbrough? A recent article on the BBC News Website started its story with this:"Middlesbrough, an industrial town on England's north-east coast, gets a bad press. It's oft...

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