Biography

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.

Education

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'

Positions Held

Research Interests

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.