I will be teaching at the Custard Factory, Birmingham (UK) on July 2nd as a part of Resource, an ongoing training year for ministry in the emerging culture. Jonny has talked about it already and has more details. Its open to anyone who would like to learn. | was thinking about the emergent behavior of custard, and also baking powder (also invented by Alfred Bird) and how it relates to creating church in the emerging culture. Jesus had a lot to say about leavening agents and the Kingdom so this should be a good place to discuss it. Reading Roland Allen’s book (Spontaneous Expansion of the Church and the Causes that Hinder It- PDF) will help.

And yes, the building is the original Bird’s Custard factory which is now one of the largest art villages in Europe. Should be fun!!!

Custardfactory-looks cool

From Jonnys blog:

Re:source – Creating Church in the Emerging Culture

Date: Saturday July 2

Venue: Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham (directions on

Cost: £10 (lunch not included)

Time: 10:30am – 4pm

Fresh expressions | Emerging church | Missional church | New Mission Movements… whatever you want to call them something’s happening. God is beckoning the church into the future and maybe just maybe she is responding. A day of training, encouragement, inspiration and meeting others to include…

* Pall Singh – a visual meditative feast as East meets West, Asian meets alt worship

* Stories/postcards from the edges of what God is doing in a variety of emerging churches

* Andrew Jones (aka TallSkinnyKiwi) will present emergAnt – teaching on emergence and growth in new church movements; and Connectivity and Fuel – practical advice for ongoing mission – how to avoid drying up and getting isolated

* Jonny Baker and Andrew Grinnell – fresh worship, ritual, visuals and tunes

Who’s the day for?

Anyone currently involved or wanting to get involved in fresh expressions of church, mission in the emerging culture, or church planting who wants to meet some others who share the same passion, and get a bit of encouragement and input.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Kelly Laxson says:

    Hi Andrew,
    I have been reading your blog for a while and I doing some God stuff in Washington, DC. I am a woman and I am wondering if you could could point me to some other women who are involved with Emegening church. Seems like there aren’t a lot of female voices but probably because, like me, they are not speaking up as much…hmm…anyway, anything you can offer would be appreciated.

  • andrew says:

    hi kelly
    dont have space to list all the emerging church women who both blog and start churches – I know that there are also a lot of them in USA.
    Let me just name those in our apostolic/prophetic team and who function as our “team” and family.
    my wife (who blogs on motherhood at MumJones has just been reading about emerging church from our very dear prophetic friend Amy Chapman who has lived and worked with us on and off for ages. Amy blogs at the bearable light – amazing stuff and amazing women who was married in my backyard to my dear friend Derek Chapman. we were reading out Amy’s recent thoughts on church today in the car and i said to my wife “now THATS deep ecclesiology!”
    shannon hopkins works very closely to us.
    Others that come to mind (and the links on their pages will tie you in with the USA/UK scene:
    and then the list becomes hundreds so i will quit there.

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