Bonhoeffer uses a similar phrase 'worldly Christianity'. It's J Gresham Machen that I want to line up most closely with. See his Christianity and culture here. Having done commentaries on Proverbs (Heavenly Wisdom) and Song of Songs (Heavenly Love), a matching title for Ecclesiastes would be Heavenly Worldliness. For my stance on worldliness, see 3 posts here.

LTS Placement

The LTS placement scheme is a fairly new thing and for the first time this year we had two students on it – one from Germany and one from Madagascar, both of who are already being mentored by me and have become church members.
The placement was February 21-March 13 and over the three week period I tried to involve them in a number of activities typical of ministerial life in this particular church in North west London.
There were organised activities on 11 of the 21 days of placement, not including activities on the three Lord's Days of the period. Some days have been busier than others.
The time-table was:

Week 1
Mon Feb 21
We attended the TSG reading group at the John Owen Centre to discuss Ted Donnelly's book Peter, eye witness of his majesty.
Wed Feb 23
We were involved in two quite different meetings for the elderly at two different locations. There was also a midweek meeting in the evening at which I spoke.
Thurs Feb 24
In the morning we did some door to door work in flats near the church
(We were prevented from tract distribution on the Saturday owing to inclement weather)

Week 2
Mon Feb 28
We spent the morning looking through the books and other items in the pastor's study, discussing this aspect of the ministry
Wed Mar 02
In the morning we paid a visit to the regular meeting for Mums and tots in the church then went on to do some further door to door work. In the evening one of the men spoke at the midweek meeting.
Thur Mar 03
Pastoral visit to church members
Fri Mar 04
In the evening both came to help with the clubs for children and young people.

Week 3
Mon Mar 07
In the morning we travelled down to the Westminster Fellowship, where we heard and discussed the message on Biblical theology and Covenant theology.
Wed Mar 09
We were involved in two quite different meetings for the elderly at two different locations. There was a midweek meeting in the evening at which the other man spoke.
Thur Mar 10
In the afternoon we went to Childs Hill School where we were involved in taking an assembly together. We focused on John 3:16. In the evening we were at the regular church officers meeting.
Fri Mar 11
Pastoral visit to a church member. In the evening both came to help with the clubs for children and young people.
Lords Day Mar 13
One read the Scriptures in the morning and the other in the evening.

Thus we were able to get a flavour of various elements of the work. The
fraternal
preparatory
evangelistic
pastoral
administrative
The variety of situations encountered included interaction with young people and the elderly, churched and unchurched people, activity in church and out. It included opportunity to be involved directly in preaching and leading worship and to attend a church officers meeting. There was also plenty of time to talk about the ministry in an informal way.
I hope they enjoyed it. I certainly did and learned a number of things from it.

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