Mission with People who are Spiritual but not Religious

On 17 July 2018, Church Mission Society’s Pioneer Mission Leadership Training programme hosted a specialist day with practitioners from all over the UK, as well as the US, who shared their wisdom on how to engage with the growing number of people in the Western world who describe themselves as spiritual but not religious.

The day was aimed at giving regular churchgoers and pioneers in mission the confidence to enter into conversation with spiritual seekers. We also wanted to spark imaginations such that environments will be created where an exploration of Christian spirituality can begin and eyes will be opened to how embarking on a relationship with Jesus might give life greater meaning and security at a time of perpetual change. We hope offering these talks as audio resources will further that aim.

Following are some book and article recommendations for those who are interested in understanding more about mission among people who identify themselves as spiritual but not religious.


Do Christians know how to be spiritual? – John Drane

The Shaken Path – Paul Cudby*

Burning Religion – Phil Wyman*

Using the Jesus Deck – Penny Horseman (Grove books)

The Spirituality Revolution – David Tacy

Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes – Nancy Ammerman

Mission-Shaped Evangelism – Steve Hollinghurst

Equipping your church in a Spiritual Age – CTBI

Forest Church – Bruce Stanley

Wild Lent – Rachel Summers

The Celtic Wheel of the Year – Tess Ward

Blogs, articles and websites

These will give you some insight into “spiritual but not religious” ideas and movements:

The New Age of Astrology – Julie Beck, The Atlantic

21st Century Spirituality – BBC Stories

The tarot revival thanks to Brexit, Trump and Dior – Didem Tali, BBC Business

Two Poems for Winter Solstice – Adam Ranger, A Druid’s Journey

Worshipping the green man – Andrea Campanale, Sacred Space Kingston*

Phil Wyman*

God of Green Hope

Ruach Cards

Mystic Christ

Eden People

Churches Fellowship for Psychical and Spiritual Studies

*Denotes speakers at the Mission With People Who Are Spiritual But Not Religious conference on 17 July 2018 at CMS in Oxford

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