Revd Ian Adams

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Revd Ian Adams

Ridley Associate

Ian is a poet, writer, photographer and retreat leader. He is Mission Spirituality Adviser to Church Mission Society, and a Fresh Expressions Associate. He is the creator of the daily Morning Bell on social media, and partner in the Beloved Life project.

"Brutality all
around; softening begins
here, pebbles rolled smooth."
from Unfurling poems
by Ian Adams

He has a particular interest in finding words and images that may enable Jesus to be encountered in a demanding world. A favourite metaphor for Ian comes from jazz, an art form which continues to evolve through the playing of visionary musicians who are both deeply in love with the tradition, and always innovating to allow the music to unfold and expand.

Ian is passionate about the need for nurturing lives rooted in love for God, for neighbour and for the earth. Attention, stillness and prayer are, he suggests, the essential foundations for such a life. As we explore this path he says that we may rediscover our deep union with God, our at-oneness with all, and a renewed desire to help reshape the world for good.

Current work

Current work

Ian is Mission Spirituality Adviser with Church Mission Society:

To find out more about Ian’s work with Gail Adams and the Beloved Life project:

Explore Ian’s other creative projects:

Personal background

Personal background

Ian trained at Ridley Hall in the 1990s and was a curate and team vicar in the Diocese of Oxford. In 2004 he co-founded and led the experimental Anglican community mayBe. He was a tutor and chaplain at CYM Oxford 2007–2009 and subsequently taught at CYM Bristol and Cambridge.

From 2009 to 2015 Ian was Missional Community Developer at CMS, then becoming their Mission Spirituality Adviser. From 2011 to 2013 he co-taught the Fresh Expressions Mission Shaped Ministry course in Devon, and regularly teaches on mission and spirituality for churches and dioceses.

In 2017 and 2018 Ian was a pastoral tutor at Ridley Hall, and taught Pioneer Learning and PC3 Context-based Training at Ridley and in the Federation. Since the publication of Unfurling, Ian has been performing his 'poems of life, love and faith' in churches, cathedrals, cafes, pubs and festivals.



Canterbury Press

  • Wilderness Taunts: revealing your light (2016)
  • Unfurling: poems (2014)
  • Running Over Rocks: spiritual practices to transform tough times (2013)
  • Cave Refectory Road: monastic rhythms for contemporary living (2010*)
  • New Monasticism as Fresh Expression of Church (contributor 2010)
  • Fresh Expressions in the Sacramental Tradition (contributor 2009)

*also Liturgical Press USA 2010

Church House Publishing

  • Reflections for Sundays Year C (contributor 2018)
  • Reflections on the Psalms (contributor 2015)
  • Reflections for Lent (contributor 2013)
  • Reflections for Daily Prayer (2013–14)


  • Future Present (contributor 2018)
  • Temenos (with Ric Stott 2018)
  • Seeking Light: Advent (2016)
  • Peace Be With You: Easter (2016)
  • 40 Temptations: Lent (2016)
  • Give Me A Drink: 21 sketches for mission (2015)
  • Come and See: a guide for beginning & sustaining a missional venture (2013)
  • Stations of the Resurrection (with Si Smith 2013)
  • Advent Calendar (with Si Smith 2011)

Magazine articles

  • "Spiritual Practices for Children" (for Premier Childrenswork 2014–16)
  • "A Kind of Jazz: tradition and improvisation" (for CAC Radical Grace 2010)

Social media

  • Morning Bell: daily resource on social media (2009–present)