Now is both an exciting and challenging time to be a Christian leader. We’re faced with the task of re-evangelising our society, but in the context of a nation that has largely forgotten or dismissed the basic message of Christianity. In an age when Christianity is seen as irrelevant or even destructive, how can we lead communities of faith that will live out the good news of Jesus Christ?
At Trinity we’ve found Matthew 6:33 to be helpful in answering that, as it urges us to ‘seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness’. Through the Beatitudes in Matthew 5, we know that Kingdom life involves humility, dependence on God’s comfort, gentleness, hunger for the right ways of God, mercy towards others, purity in deeds and motives, a passion for peace and a willingness to face opposition, even persecution, for his sake.
We want those Kingdom values to permeate every area of our lives, affecting how we live and work each day, how we learn more of God and how we lead his people in being a light to the world.
At Trinity, we believe that God has given us the task of shaping leaders who live these kingdom characteristics in community for a missional church. So that’s what you’ll be signing up for if you join us: becoming rooted in a diverse, lively, messy family of people striving to become Christ-like leaders, encouraging one another to pursue God and His Kingdom so that more people can know the joy of relationship with him.
What lies in our hearts directs our lives. Loving God and being devoted to him is not something that can easily be faked – congregations are rarely fooled.
Leaders who want to ride the rough and the smooth of life and ministry, and still remain devoted to God above all other things, need patterns of prayer and worship which will help sustain them across the years. That’s why we’re so intentional about our disciplines of prayer and worship at Trinity, not only learning more about their histories, forms and purposes but practising them together daily.
As a community we pray our Bible; we pray our theology; we pray our mission and ministry. But, ultimately, we pray because of the amazing presence of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who meets us when we come before him, giving a point and a purpose to it all.
The call to live like the Kingdom is near doesn’t stop when you walk out of Trinity’s doors; it’s a lifelong journey of passionately pursuing God and encouraging others to do the same.
So even though you’re no longer with us day-to-day, we still want to support you as you continue to live, learn and lead in Kingdom ways.
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“Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt”. –Deuteronomy 10.12-11.1 Last week I travelled by train from London to my home in Bristol, having attended one of the Queen’s Garden Parties. The train was late, it was crowded, and there was a lot of stress in the air. The […]
Trinity alumnus Paul Bradbury has recently written Stepping Into Grace, a book born out of his experience in pioneering mission. Using the narrative thread of the story of Jonah, the book argues for a ministry rooted in grace and more contemplative living—so that who we are becoming in Christ provides a foundation for our participation […]
As part of their training, all of Trinity’s ordinands serve in a 20-hour community placement, in addition to their church placements. Ordinand John White served his community placement last year with the organisation Bridges for Communities, which offers training for those who want to become bridge-builders in their local communities. John reflects below on the […]