I became a presbyter in the Methodist Church in 1962. I served in Methodist circuits in Sheffield and inner London. In 1973, whilst remaining a presbyter, I became a senior lecturer in community education at Westhill College, Birmingham. During that time I set up the National Centre for Christian Communities and Networks, the Christians in Public Life Programme and the Human City Institute, all in Birmingham. I have written a good deal about the Christian Community Movement, lay ministry in public life, schools as learning communities and urban renewal (see publications below). In 2005, after retirement from Westhill College, I decided to move out of presbyteral ministry to become a member of the Methodist Diaconal Order.
1955 - 1958 St. John's College, Oxford - M.A. Modern History 1958 - 1959 Barnet House, Oxford - Diploma in Public and Social Administration 1969 Ph.D. Sociology - Sheffield University - 'The sociology of community and its relation to urban regeneration' 1980 - 1982 Birmingham University - M.Ed 'Community Education for a Multi-ethnic Society'
- 1962 - 1967 Methodist presbyter in Woodhouse, a mining community on the edge of Sheffield in the South Yorkshire coal-field
- 1967 - 1973 Methodist presbyter in West Greenwich, South East London
- 1973 - 1995 Senior Lecturer in Community Education, Westhill College, Birmingham
- 1984 - 1986 Founder and Director of the National Centre for Christian Communities and Networks (NACCCAN), Birmingham
- 1992 - 2001 Co-ordinator of the Christians in Public Life Programme
- 1994 - 2000 Founder and Director of the Human City Institute, Birmingham
- 2005 Became a Methodist deacon and member of the Methodist Diaconal Order
- 2008 - 2010 Course leader - Mission in the world of work - Cliff College, Derbyshire
- 2008 - 2006 - 2011 Convenor of the Methodist Diaconal Order's 'Faith and Work Group'
The meaning and changing forms of community. The kingdom of God as a communal concept. The nature and form of the church in a post-Christendom era (what I call 'the diaconal church'). Liberating the laity for mission in the world of work. Changing forms of church leadership. Schools and other institutions as learning communities. The Christian contribution to urban regeneration through the creation of 'human cities'. Current focus - 'The Kingdom at Work Project'- Engaging in audit and action in the workplace.