Today’s religiously and socially plural society is in some respects very similar to that of the early Church. Being Christian was not “normal”, nor popular, and there were plenty of gods and sacred buildings to choose from. Yet in this context Christians found ways to form people as disciples, rather than “mere converts”. Such is vital today.
Martyn Atkins is a Methodist minister, lousy guitarist, book and music nut, Leeds United supporter and currently serves as general secretary of the Methodist Church.