The Author

Mez McConnell is the senior pastor of Niddrie Community Church. He is the director of 20Schemes, a church planting and revitalization initiative in Scotland. He is also Co-Director of the Acts 29 initiative Church in Hard Places. Mez is the author of Preparing for Baptism: A Personal Diary (Grace Publications Trust) and Is There Anybody Out There?: A Journey from Despair to Hope (Christian Focus). He’s married to Miriam and has two daughters. You can follow him on Twitter.

Hard Places Aren’t Trendy, But They’re Worth It

Steve Timmis talks with Doug Logan and Mez McConnell about planting churches in hard places.

Why Hard Places Need Hardy Churches

There is nothing remotely romantic about pastoring in a

We Can’t Change People—and Why That’s Good News

We can’t change anyone. Our programs can’t change them.

Why Misrepresenting Jesus Harms the Poor

A small band of Christians turned up 14 years

Ding Dong the Wicked Witch Is Dead! A Pastor’s Response to the Death of His Childhood Abuser

I just heard that my abusive stepmother of almost