Living God's Future Now - 18 July 2021

'Living God’s Future Now’ is our mini online festival of theology, ideas and practice.

We’ve developed this in response to the pandemic and our changing world. The church is changing too, and - as we improvise and experiment - we can learn and support each other.

This is 'Living God’s Future Now’ - talks, workshops and discussion - hosted by HeartEdge. Created to equip, encourage and energise churches - from leaders to volunteers and enquirers - at the heart and on the edge.

The focal event in ‘Living God’s Future Now’ is a monthly conversation where Sam Wells explores what it means to improvise on God’s kingdom with a leading theologian or practitioner.

The online programme includes:

  • Regular weekly workshops: Biblical Studies (Mondays fortnightly), Sermon Preparation (Tuesdays) and Community of Practitioners (Wednesdays)
  • One-off workshops on topics relevant to lockdown such as ‘Growing online communities’ and ‘Grief, Loss & Remembering’
  • Monthly HeartEdge dialogue featuring Sam Wells in conversation with a noted theologian or practitioner

Find earlier Living God’s Future Now sessions at

Regular – Weekly or Fortnightly

Tuesdays: Sermon Preparation Workshop, 16:30 (GMT), livestreamed at Please note there will be no Sermon Preparation workshop on Tuesday 6 April.

Wednesdays: Community of Practitioners workshop, 16:30 (GMT), Zoom meeting. Email to register.

Fortnightly on Mondays: Biblical Studies class, 19:30-21:00 (GMT), Zoom meeting. Register in advance: 2021 dates - Gospels & Acts.

  • 26 Jul: Lecture 14 Parables and The Kingdom of God


* Our Sermon Preparation workshop and Community of Practitioners are currently having a summer break *



Culture Clinic: Monday 19 July, 14:00-15:00 BST, Zoom. Register here. Culture Clinic is the new monthly offer for anyone and everyone looking for support in developing their church cultural engagement - from setting up a gallery space, developing space gigs, hosting comedy or movie nights. The clinic offers 'how to'... help. Always practical, useful, full of ideas and tactics. The clinic is monthly 1:1 support with Sarah Rogers - HeartEdge Culture Development coordinator.


Reconciling Mission: Building Bridges across Europe
Tuesday 20 July, 14:00 (GMT)
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In this webinar, we will explore how Christians might contribute to overcoming current tensions by building bridges across some of the boundaries within Europe. Participants: Alastair McKay is director of Reconciliation Initiatives, Brother Matthew is part of the Taizé Community in France, Cornelia Kulawik is a pastor in Berlin-Dahlem, who is on the board of the Community of the Cross of Nails, Germany, John Witcombe is the Dean of Coventry, and +Robert Innes is the Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe.

How to Try: Design Thinking and Church Innovation
Tuesday 20 July, 19:00 (GMT)
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Lorenzo Lebrija, director of TryTank, a lab for church growth and innovation, has developed a straightforward framework for experiments in new ministry based on research and interviews. His book gives tools and templates for how to do just that, and to find God in the failures as well as the successes. Lorenzo will be in conversation with Jonathan Evens and Andy Turner.


Reimaging church spaces
Thursday 22 July, 19:00 (GMT)
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What are the implications of the HeartEdge 4 Cs for church buildings? How can our buildings be used as places of worship, a resource for community development, spaces for cultural expression, and sites for commercial enterprises? What place should concepts such as ‘Living Heritage’ and ‘Heritage for All’ play in thinking about the use of church buildings? With input from Phillip Dawson, Consultant for FBM Architects, Kathryn Harris of Nick Cox Architects, Nigel Walter, founding director of Archangel, and Revd Robert Thompson.


Jesus Is Just Alright: A Rock Agape
Friday 23 July, 16:30 (GMT)
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We will aim to further demonstrate the potential for use of rock and pop music in mission and ministry by extending the Jesus Is Just Alright series and offering an experimental Rock Agape in Zoom. The Agape meal is a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry.