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Come and find out what the good news of Jesus looks like in the North of England, and whether there’s such a thing as a “northern gospel”! The Yorkshire Theological Educational Partnership invite you to the launch of Fuzzy Church: Gospel and Culture in the North of England, a new book by Nigel Rooms and Elli Wort, on Thursday 17 June at 4pm.

At this launch event Mark Powley (Principal of St Hild College) will interview Nigel and Elli about Fuzzy Church, the Rt Revd Alison White (Bishop of Hull) will join in the conversation, and there will also be opportunities for the audience to ask questions. The event will be held on Zoom, click here to view, (Meeting ID: 883 7433 1146, passcode: 709395).

In Fuzzy Church: Gospel and Culture in the North of England, Nigel Rooms and Elli Wort analyse what the North actually is, and why we need to study our context if we want to understand more about God and God’s ways. They look at the current religious climate in the North where many churches are closing. They explore how their detailed research among northern churches demonstrates a gospel characterized by fragility and freedom, but full of authenticity, community and humour. They describe “fuzzy” churches where the boundaries of the church and its worship are less fixed and where there is more of a flow between churches and their world. They discover that closing churches might provide the “compost” for what God is doing next.

​Nigel Rooms works part-time developing a process for deep cultural change in UK Christian congregations over the long term with the Church Mission Society, and Elli Wort is Director of Studies with Church Army, equipping their Commissioned Evangelists to share God’s love and transform their communities through faith shared in words and action.

For more information on Fuzzy Church: Gospel and Culture in the North of England and available to buy, please click here.