Jim Punton   -   his life and influence

Material produced by Jim

Jim preferred to communicate by talking rather than in writing. Although his writings have had a great influence, they are not extensive. When he did produce written material he did so very thoroughly and in great detail. As a result of that he was rather notorious for missing deadlines!

This page provides access to some of Jim's material. Some of it is articles he wrote, some published transcripts of talks he gave, some audio tapes.

Most of the written material below is in PDF format. Most of the PDF files here have been produced by scanning from original material which Bob Johnston has.

Jim's best known publication is "The Community of Shalom, God's Radical Alternative" which was first published in Frontier Youth Trust Review No6 in 1977. It is based on a paper Jim prepared for the FYT conference at Leicester in 1975.

Like most speakers Jim believed in re-purposing material and some of the "Community of Shalom" material appears in the book "The Messiah People" published by Hot Iron Press, which is based on talks given at Post Green Community. Also the Community of Shalom material makes up a large part of the talk Jim gave to the Cambridge University Christian Union on Sat 24th January 1976 which is available on their web-site along with two other talks by Jim.

Written Material

The Community of Shalom, God's Radical Alternative

Where published
in Frontier Youth Trust Review No6 p13-22 (believed to be 1977)
Republished in booklet series Frontier Focus by FYT about 1987
Republished in Gap, a Journal of Christian Youth and Community Work (Australia), Issue 1-84, p7-16

This is probably the best known of Jim's writings. It explores the biblical concept of Shalom.

r e a d

Reading things into the Bible

Where published - in Outreach - the magazine of Scripture Union (England & Wales) January/March 1976 p10

The Bible is often forced into the mould of our preconceptions.

r e a d

Codes and Communicators

Where published - in Outreach - the magazine of Scripture Union July/September 1976 p10

This brief one page article is about the meanings of bible words and the inadequacy of the "codes" we use to translate them.

r e a d

Human Communication

in FYT Review, Autumn 1972, pp17-20

a look at the theory of communication

r e a d

The Base Church

In Advent magazine (Shaftesbury Project in Scotland) No4, Spring 1985, p1-7

This material is also in Appendix F of "Mission and Young People at Risk - a challenge to the Church" by Terry Dunnell

There is a typescript version also which says it is an edited transcript.

r e a d


in Frontier Youth Trust News Winter 1972 p3-11 originally presented at the FYT conference in Nottinghan in 1971 NOTE: the editorial introduction to Frontier Youth Trust News Winter 1972 says that at the paper for the Nottingham conference had further sections.

Republished in booklet series Frontier Focus by FYT about 1987

typescript versions exist also

This major paper, using a large range of reference sources, includes sections on - The Nature of Mission, The Assignment of Mission, The Agent of Mission, The Goal of Mission etc.

r e a d

The Messiah People

Hot Iron Press, Birmingham 1993 97pp

transcipts of talks given by Jim at the PostGreen Community
We have scanned the first chapter of the book - The Messianic Vision r e a d
(the tapes from which the book was compiled are available - see bottom of this page)

this book is sometimes available via Amazon - its ISBN is 0 9519492 2 5

Sexual behaviour in Bible times

in Frontier Youth Trust Review No2 p13-18

A detailed exploration of how the Bible views various forms of sexual behaviour

r e a d

Warning: He is Still At Large! - How some youth see Jesus

First published in Outreach, the quarterly magazine of the English Scripture Union movement. Jan/Mar 1975 with the title "Youthscene"

then republished in Frontier Youth Trust Review No5 p2-5

Jesus as - clown, black, revolutionary, liberator etc. Written not long after the height of the "Jesus Movement", and needs read in that context.

r e a d

Youth Work and Community - An Urban Ghetto - New York

in Frontier Youth Trust News p6-7 Autumn 1971

Jim describes some of his experiences working in New York.

r e a d

Camping Just for Kicks

in Gap a Journal of Christian Youth and Community Work (Australia) Issue 4-81, p6-7

(a transcript of a talk Jim gave in October 1980 at The Master's Workshop in Melbourne - edited by Mal Rowe)

r e a d

A Revolution in Process - the causes of unemployment call for radical change

in TR magazine Spring 1981

r e a d

Christian Witness to the Urban Poor (Lausanne Occasional Paper 22)

(Lausanne Occasional Paper 22) Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization The report was drafted by members of the "MiniConsultation on Reaching the Urban Poor" held in Pattaya, Thailand from 16-27 June 1980 under the Chairmanship of Rev. Jim Punton. Final editing was by Dr. Colin Marchant.

The Lausanne Committee website says: "The Lausanne Occasional Papers (LOPs) are historically important documents that have emerged from global consultations involving widely recognized evangelical leaders. The LOPs have been placed in the Lausanne Website to make more accessible and understandable the historical context and development of the various aspects of world evangelization."

The booklet is available on the Lausanne Committee web site
Go to the booklet (pdf) - external site

The appendix to the booklet, on Hebrew words for the poor, can be found at the Lausanne Committee web site
Go to the appendix - external site

Reaching the urban poor - Agenda Guidelines for Study Groups - for Thailand 1980

Lausanne Committee for World Evangelizaation

Jim was International Co-ordinator of the pre-COWE study groups on Reaching the Urban Poor. He produced this document for the pre-COWE study groups.
r e a d

Revoluntionary Love in Action

in Grassroots mgazine May/June 1982 p3-4 based on a transcript, edited by Wenche Hunt 2pp

r e a d

Review of the book "Liberation Theology" by Andrew Kirk

in TR magazine, Winter 1979 p20

the relationship between the Church, the Kingdom and the World

r e a d

A Community for The King

Paper originally presented at the FYT Leicester Conference in 1975

FYT pamphlet 8pp duplicated
Republished by FYT 1987

the relationship between the Church, the Kingdom and the World

r e a d

Towards a Training Strategy


10pp duplicated undated, but believed to be late 1971

We hope to have this available soon.


On Being magazine, Australia April/May 1977 p42-43

An extensive interview with Jim, while he was on a five month visit to Australia early 1977

Inportant material here on Jim talking about what brought him to his radical understanding and stance"

[this is produced from is a very poor photocopy; anyone got a better version?]
r e a d


An article in "The Lion Handbook of Christian Belief"

small article entitled 'Shalom', Jim Punton, in The Lion Handbook of Christian Belief (Tring, UK: Lion Publishing, 1982, pp. 314-315)

r e a d

Claims Made By Jesus

6pp duplicated

An Introduction by Ian Milligan
(The introduction has a link to Jim's material)

The Kingdom of God - Concordance 8pp duplicated

List of Old and New Testament references to the Kingdom of God

r e a d

What is Frontier Youth Trust

A description of FYT by Jim

Published in the SU Scotland magazine Tell in Autumn 1972.

r e a d

Shalom through Jesus

in Outreach, the magazine of Scripture Union, April/June 1976, p10

a 1 page article on the occurrences and meanings of the Hebrew word "Shalom" in the Bible.

r e a d

Enoch and Elijah: Where Are They Now?

By Jim Punton and Anthony Buzzard

Written for the Conditional Immortality Mission (now known as the Resurrection Fellowship).

Available at www.focusonthekingdom.org
GO to that article - external site

ETERNAL DESTRUCTION: the end of Evil in the words of the New Testament

Concordance Study by Jim Punton

The Resurrection Fellowship, 1984

an Introduction by Ian Milligan
(The introduction has a link to Jim's material)

Evangelical Views on Mission and Development (viewpoint)

by Andrew F Walls and Jim Punton (1975) 11pp

Christian Aid

This booklet is mentioned in Google Books but the compiler of this page has not yet been able to trace a copy.

Audio material

Many of Jim's talks at events were recorded. Examples include his talks at the Greenbelt Festival, his talks at university Christian Unions, his talks at the Postgreen Community, and at Shaftesbury Project conferences.

We have a small selection of that material available.

** Greenbelt Festival**

Greenbelt 1979 (26 August) Jim speaking on "The Kingdom and the System"

a 2.5 minute clip from this talk    (Click or touch the black triangle to play this clip)

Greenbelt 1982 Jim speaking on "Poverty in Britain"

a 20 sec. clip we've made from this talk

Greenbelt 1983 Jim on a panel responding to questions after a talk from another speaker.
   play    a 45 sec. clip.

** Shaftesbury Project - Scotland **

Scottish Conference, Crieff, 1983 - Jim speaking on "The Good News about the Kingdom of God"
   play    a 2 minute clip of this material.

** Cambridge University Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (CICCU) **

A talk Jim gave, titled "Vocation", to Cambridge University Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (CICCU) on Sat 24th January 1976 can be found here - http://media.ciccu.org.uk/download/185    

   play    a 1 minute clip we've made from this talk

There are also two other talks by Jim at the CICCU media site.
The other two are titled "Who's lost?" (January 1977)
and "Prayer" - play a 1 minute clip we've made from this talk - in this clip Jim talks about "mission" being an attribute of God.

We are hoping to get some of these tapes fully converted to MP3 format and to make them available.

** Tapes from Jim's talks at the Post Green Community **
(mp3 format, high quality, big downloads)
  The Messianic Vision 51MB 36 minutes  download or listen
  The Messianic Task 80MB 57 minutes  download or listen
  The Messianic Mind 101 MB 1hr 12 minutes  download or listen
  The Messianic Fellowship 105MB 1hr 14 minutes  download or listen
This is the audio material from which the book The Messiah People (Hot Iron Press, 1993) was compiled. Our thanks to Bill Farra of the Community of Celebration for making these files available.

Please note that the audio material listed above is only what the compilers of this page have access to. We believe that there is lots of other material - for example other tapes from Greenbelt, tapes from Dundee Street Level, tapes from Post Green, etc.

Please get in touch if you know of other Jim Punton material. Both written and audio. You can get in touch via the comments page.