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At Oak Hill we are still grieving the death of Mike Ovey, but we now need to look forward and build on his excellent work.

God has blessed us with servant-hearted students, a strong faculty, and an excellent Acting Principal in Dan Strange. So we are very much ‘open for business as usual’. This gives us time and space to reflect on how best to fill the gap that Mike has left and how we can serve the church in the coming years.

Mike and Dan together formed a strong and complementary Leadership Team. They had recently begun to refresh our strategy and this included plans for building more intensive dialogue with our sending and receiving stakeholders and our alumni, with Mike taking on a more outward-facing role and Dan taking more day-to-day executive responsibility. Mike died just...

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Jeremy Anderson
Jeremy Anderson
24 February 2017

 
 

‘Brilliant morning ‪@OakHillLondon. They really know how to put on a free lunch. Great hearing from people who love being Anglican!’

So said one person on Twitter who was among the 34 guests attending the ‘Why get ordained in the Church of England?’ event on Saturday 18 February.

The idea behind the mini-conference was not so much to promote training as an ordinand at Oak Hill, but to take one step back, and to ask whether it is worth training for ordained ministry at all. After all, as one of the speakers, Rev Mark Pickles, put it: ‘Isn’t the church in decline both numerically...

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Jake Eggertsen
Jake Eggertsen
21 February 2017

 
 

Sometimes missionaries are accused of having poor or non-existent ecclesiology – they just don’t seem to understand how important the local church is.

Often, we missionaries have to hold our hands up and say, ‘Guilty as charged!’ We have a tendency toward being lone rangers, not listening to the local churches that send us, nor to the local churches in the countries in which we serve. We think we know better.

But without local church, mission is meaningless. It’s local churches that know us, send us and receive us, call us, guide us, pray for us, support us, hold us accountable and welcome us home. Mission can’t and mustn’t exist without local churches, because the church is Christ’s body on earth and the articulation of God’s divine wisdom (Ephesians 3:10, 4:1-16).

So here’s a...

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Dave Baldwin
Dave Baldwin
20 February 2017

 
 

‘Persuade me of the importance of theological education for women’ is one of the questions I encounter most frequently. Women come to our open and interview days interested in pursuing training for gospel ministry, but are often slightly perturbed because someone they respect and trust has cast a shadow of doubt across their plans by dismissing the value of rigorous theological training for women.

It’s not that they’re saying women shouldn’t do ministry, but rather that they don’t really need the kind of training a theological college such as Oak Hill might offer.

This is worrying for the future of Christ’s church in this country. Statistical research indicates that congregations in the UK contain more women than men; women who need to be taught and discipled, equipped and...

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Mel Lacy
Mel Lacy
08 February 2017

 
 

Now the shared conversations are finished and the bishops’ report has been published, Matthew Sleeman pauses for a moment to reflect on how might we live in light of it. He asks: Has any thing changed fundamentally? How do we read canon law differently? And, indeed, should we?

Last week, the Church of England’s House of Bishops released a report for General Synod on the subject of marriage and same sex relationships (Marriage and Same Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations, GS 2055). Having spent time over the weekend reading the report, I welcome its affirmation of the Bible’s understanding of marriage. But many other questions remain, especially looking ahead. Some of these issues the report recognises, some it might well create. How, then, should we look ahead, with...

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Matthew Sleeman
Matthew Sleeman
08 February 2017

 
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