By Stewart Cutler
ctrl-alt-del/churchMay 03, 2022
Decision 3: Time Off
I took one whole week off in 2020, even though I know that time off is good for me. So, why? What was going on? And was it just the covid pandemic?
Decision 2: Children
Just like all the adults surrounding them our children had suddenly found themselves at home. School had been closed, along with everything else, and they were grappling with that too. What could we do to help?
Decisions : Season 3
Decisions. I've made lots of them over the past two years. But what did I choose? And why? And how has that worked out? Join me as a revisit some of the big ones and the not so big ones that were more important than I thought!
decision 1: online worship
When lockdown began 2 years ago I, and every other church leader in Scotland and around the world had a decision to make: how will we worship? Stewart reflects on his decision to pre-record services at home and what the benefits and costs of that decision were and still are.
Donald Macaskill is the Chief Executive of Scottish Care, the representative body for the care sector in Scotland. Donald has been the voice of the care sector during one of the most difficult years imaginable, advocating for staff, residents and those requiring care at home. We talk about a reimagining of the narrative around ageing and how we can all be involved in changing how we think about the value of older people in our society. twitter.com/DrDMacaskill https://scottishcare.org/blogs/
Michael Harvey is married to Eike and they have three adult children Ben, Kirsty and Lydia. In 2004 Back to Church Sunday was birthed and Michael started to work with churches throughout the UK and eventually throughout the English speaking world and to his surprise started to notice a healing component in mission. He has spoken to thousands of church leaders and congregational members in his Seminars and has to date seen hundreds of thousands of Christians mobilised to invite, resulting in 1 million+ accepted invitations. He launched the first National Weekend of Invitation in June 2018. During the pandemic he launched the Acorn Faith process. He is author of the books Unlocking the Growth, Creating a Culture of Invitation and his latest book is Invitation to Heal. As an itinerant speaker and has a ministry across 18 countries and 5 continents. He is a member of the College of Evangelists
Acorn in the time of the Virus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lcw16Z_y-k0
Acorn Faith Community on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/933478613810194/
Unlocking the Growth and Creating a Culture of Invitation in your Church Books https://www.unlockingthegrowth.com/resources/
This week on ctl-alt-del/church we welcome Lawrence Moore, a mission & discipleship consultant living in Salford, UK. Lawrence says "Jesus didn't come to zap us all off to heaven; he came to change the world - and for the poorest, most marginalised first. I help churches to discover and follow this radical Jesus, and to make Jesus-shaped differences in the places they live and work. Why do I do that? Because people are hungry for those kinds of people and churches. Churches have no business taking up space, time and money unless they're recognisably like Jesus. I'm also passionate about the music of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen. And I'm a helpless Apple evangelist - just love their stuff!"
Paul Beautyman is the founder of Youth Work Journeys. With years of experience in churches, projects and teaching, Paul talks to Stewart about supporting people, about the changes in church and his hopes for Youth Work Journeys.
Stewart talks to Lorraine Darlow, National Learning and Development Coordinator for the Methodist Church in Scotland, about supporting ministry in these times.
Roddy Hamilton, as well as being minister of New Kilpatrick Parish Church, is a brilliantly creative human being who gently challenges us to be the worshiping community we are called to be... and for the purpose we are meant to serve...
Stewart talks to Liz Crumlish, guide on the Path of Renewal and encourager of pioneering with the Church of Scotland, writer of wonderful liturgy, and about to be Deacon in the Scottish Episcopal Church.
Richard Tiplady is currently Director of Mixed Mode Training with the Scottish Episcopal Institute having worked with Christian education providers and mission organisations for many year. He has a wealth of experience and insight which he shared with Stewart (and his two dogs - sorry about the barking!) in this week's episode.
Stewart talks to Suzi Farrant about how children and young people can show us the way to be church, if only we would let them.
Stewart talks to Martin Johnstone about his ministry on the edge and how that passion for those who are so often excluded and marginalised has led him to work with The Trussell Trust, Christian Aid and The Poverties Truth Commission as well as some unexpected roles in the administration of the Church of Scotland.
Professor Paul Middleton of Chester University speaks to Kenny and Stewart about important stuff like his interest in early church martyrs, complaining about sermons on Facebook and getting a latte after church in episode 16 of ctl-alt-del/church.
On the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide artist Iain Campbell shares his journey to Srebrenica to learn about the genocide that happened there 25 years ago and to meet those who have been campaigning for justice ever since. Iain also shares his experience of being artist in residence at St George's Tron church in the middle of Buchanan Street in Glasgow where he painted the stories of the Gospel of Luke and how art can help us explore and learn.
Scott McCarthy, minister of Garthamlock and Cragend Parish church in Glasgow's East End talks to Kenny and Stewart about Asset Based Community Development, empowering people through Bible study and avoids talking about his love of Dundee United.
Stewart speaks to Dr Bex Lewis about being stuck in New Zealand, living with cancer and being a Christian online.
From her website https://drbexl.co.uk: Sussex-born Bex has a background as a cultural communications historian and digital practitioner, with a PhD in Second World War posters, in which she wrote the history of Keep Calm and Carry On (before it was famous). She is a ‘digital resident’, geographically based at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing, with a particular focus upon the third sector, and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Place Management. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University. As the Director of Digital Fingerprint she is a speaker, writer and facilitator, including the workshop ‘Social Media for the Scared’, and is author of the popular Raising Children in a Digital Age (2014), which has been translated into Chinese and Italian. She is working her way towards being Professor of Communications and Digital Culture.
Episode 12 features Graeme McMeekin, head of Tearfund's work in Scotland. Graeme talks to Kenny and Stewart about how coronavirus has affected the poorest communities in the world and what part we can play in making a difference.
Graeme McMeekin is the head of Tearfund's activities in Scotland. Tearfund is a christian international development agency and Graeme shares with us his work...
Rhona Graham is the minister of Tron St Mary's Parish Church in Glasgow. She talks about taking low tech and high tech approaches to ministry, home haircuts, couch to 5k and pastoral care by phone. https://tronstmarys.org.uk https://www.facebook.com/tronstmarysparishchurch/
Alan Gibson, minister of Motherwell South Parish Church, talks to Stewart and Kenny about how the ministry of his church has changed since the coronavirus lockdown. We talk about online worship, new models of pastoral care and what growing and learning in faith might look like in the future.
Martin Fair, minister of Arbroath St Andrew's is the new Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Martin has stepped into that role in the middle of these unprecedented times. He talks with Stewart about how that has been so far and what challenges and opportunities that might present both for him and for the church.
Susan Brown, minister of Dornoch Cathedral, former moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, dog owner and creator of excellent morning reflections talks about life and ministry in lockdown.
Stewart talk with Shuna Dicks, minister of Cults Parish Church in Aberdeen about life and ministry in lockdown.
Scott E Burton
This week Kenny and Stewart talk to Stuart Love, minister of Clincarthill Parish Church in the southside of Glasgow about church in lockdown.
What happens when everything stops? What do you do? What are your priorities? How do you make church work online?
Stewart, Minister of St Ninian's in Stonehouse talks with Ross, Minister of Hamilton Old, Lynette, Locum of Hamilton South and Quarter, and Aaron, member of Townhead in Coatbridge talk about the weeks leading up to lockdown and what happened next for them and their churches.