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Our First Lady

May 15th, 2016

Rev Kate Coleman has become Britain's first, black female president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, an appointment that knocked her for six. 

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Leading Inside-Out

April 1st, 2008

The character of church leaders is under scrutiny today, as never before.  For members belonging to small communities, who a leader claims to be, is at least as important as what a leader says or does.   Indeed, the moral authority of any leader to influence the lives of others for Jesus sake, regardless of gender, generation, culture or ethnicity, is inextricably bound to their ability to lead well from the inside-out (i.e. self-leadership before leading others).

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The ‘Ups’ and ‘Downs’ of ‘Family Cells’ (from a committed advocate)

January 1st, 2008

It takes time and experience to recognise the cycle of atrophy that even cell groups, committed to the task of relationship building and discipleship, can sometimes experience.  For us, the high energy associated with church planting or the formation of new cells can be lost, if a cell remains together unchanged for any length of time.  Indeed, without the injection of particular ingredients, cells have the potential to become boring, stagnant and lacking in vitality.

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The Very Good, the Bad and the ‘Fairly’ Ugly! Reflections on a Year as President of BUGB

March 1st, 2007

Over the past year, during my presidency, I have travelled hundreds of miles by car, train and even by plane (I gave up cycling a long time ago!)  I have eaten many hot meals, some of them excellent (I remember a particularly good meal prepared by one church with its very own resident chef) and I have eaten some cold meals too.  I have been welcomed into some newly and creatively built or renovated church buildings and in other cases some sadly decaying ones.  I have travelled as far west as Haverford West in Wales, as far east as Southend, as far north as Newcastle and as far south as the Isle of Wight.  I have met some remarkable people doing some amazing things for the Lord.

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BUGB Interview on Church and Race

October 1st, 2006

Can you describe your experiences of growing up as Black, female and African in Britain?  Were there any instances of racism that left a significant impression on you?
My experience of growing up as Black, female and African in Britain has been a mixture of privilege and utter despair.  Privilege because I was raised in the colonial heartland.  It’s been fantastic to have something of a dual heritage and to benefit from being part of British life in this way.  I have always felt that I was part of this nation, this land and this people.

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Size isn’t everything!

October 1st, 2006

Mission in the UK is either in dire straits or remarkably healthy depending on who is being asked, which ethnic group is the subject, the subculture reflected upon and the generation under consideration.  Whether the UK Church is growing or in decline, is not an easy question to answer.  Most surveys only use the rubric of size to determine successful mission activity and ‘church growth’. 

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The beauty and power of Kate Coleman’s book is that common pitfalls are called out, enabling the reader to understand and feel understood, no longer isolated in her trials; partnered with envisioning the reader and providing tools to move forward positively into all that God has for her.