the latest issue of anvil journal is out today and themed on pioneer ministry and innovation. paul bradbury is the guest editor and has done a great job. i am loving being an editor of anvil together with cathy ross because we have worked out it is more fun and less work if we invite other people to edit issues (though we do edit some ourselves!). it also makes for a richer journal overall. it has honestly surpassed my expectations for what we would do with it.
innovation has become a live topic in missions at the moment - it's certainly an area i love instinctively and i have blogged about innovation a few times (scroll down here see four pieces on innovation). mike moynagh's latest book explored innovation so it's great to have him contributing an article on the six processes of innovation. paul bradbury's article is a taster of his forthcoming book - i have had a sneak preview of the book which is fantastic. he considers the old testament prophet ezekiel as an example of the kind of leadership which might spark our imagination - leadership in exile from a place of relinquishment. i have seen some discussions this week about ordained pioneer ministry and think paul's thinking really offers some clues for people puzzling that out. richard passmore, whose thinking is always so interesting, talks about the growth of fresh expressions in third spaces in cumbria and how cultivating newness can be helped by a second operating system. i confess to a vested interest as we are working with richard to help develop it - watch this space. i also loved the quote "i may not be doing anything as mad as richard but i'll give this a go"! then there are some reflections on practice from lucy moore and katrina moss and an article on the role of enabling or advocacy to support pioneers and innovators. all topped up with the usual book reviews and it is free, downloadable as articles or as a whole and nicely put together by the comms team at cms. anyway enjoy and massive thanks to paul who is becoming one of our best reflectors on pioneer ministry (as well as being a practitioner of course) in this country i think.