About this Site
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The aim of this site is to provide a gateway to all of the best resources and ideas for
urban mission and ministry in the UK in the 21st Century. The initial version has been put together by Greg Smith of William Temple Foundation in consultation with colleagues from other organisations including Paul Keeble, Erica Dunmow and Stuart Murray-Williams. As a portal site to a huge range of urban mission material, it will never be complete, and we hope it will be constantly expanding. If you know of important organisations, literature or other resources that we have missed please use the contact form to send details to us and we will eneavour to add them as soon as possible.
The site relies almost entirely on hyperlinks to websites and other online resources that are curated by third parties. If you spot any broken or non functioning links or have any problems with us flagging up pages you have published, please do get in touch.
We would also love to hear from you with comments and reactions to this site - feedback positive or negative will help us to improve it.
What is Urban Mission and Ministry?
Urban mission and ministry as we understand it, covers Christian outreach in word and action in contexts which have at least one of the following characteristics,
a concentrated settlement with a large population - maybe 50,000+
a diverse population in terms of social class, ethnicity, religion
concentrated high levels of poverty and deprivation.
In many situations, especially in the poorer areas of the largest cities, these three features will intersect. However, there are many other types of areas meeting only one or two of these criteria, which fall within the scope of our reflections. Each place will have distinctive local characteristics and it is important for urban mission practitioners to study the features of British cities and towns where they live and work, in all their variety.