Urban Expression is a network of church planting teams working in the margins, mainly in urban areas around the UK. The Mennonite Trust and Urban Expression share many Anabaptist values and as such have long worked together in these marginal contexts.
Urban is the new normal in a world where the vast majority live in cities, including inner city areas, outer housing estates and other marginal communities. UE believe that these urban contexts are where Christian mission in Britain has been at its most creative over the past two centuries. But church life in many marginalised neighbourhoods is weak.
- Because the social and spiritual needs are enormous
- Because the urban context is changing and many churches struggle to adapt
- Because Christians have steadily moved to the suburbs and continue to do so
- Because we sometimes use inappropriate models of mission
So under-churched urban contexts continue to challenge Christians to engage in pioneering and creative mission.