West Smethwick Replant

It’s about three years ago that I had a call from a chap called Steve Horton from Sheffield. He wanted to meet up with me to talk about the local church situation in the West Midlands. He’d just been asked to start looking after evangelical Congregational Churches in the area (Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches)Continue reading “West Smethwick Replant”

The Guilt Driven Church or the Grace Saturated Church?

Over the next few days we’ve something a little different on #TheDailyDose . I’m taking a break from working through a book in order to look at a mini topical series.  Over the past few months, we’ve been challenged following the Fletcher, Smyth and Timmis scandals to look at our church culture. What kind ofContinue reading “The Guilt Driven Church or the Grace Saturated Church?”

Prayer Update

Just a quick update from us for prayer. Over the next few weeks, we’ve got some important conversations happening with churches about potential roles.  In addition, I’ve got several preaching engagements during early June. Two appointments are supporting local churches here in the Midlands including one at West Smethwick Congregational Church on the 13th June.Continue reading “Prayer Update”

The Pastor with a thorn in his side -watch the launch event

On Wednesday evening I took part in the launch event for “The Pastor with a thorn in his side.” This new book presents seven stories of pastors who have experienced depression. The aim of the book is threefold: To encourage pastors who are themselves facing depression To help churches know how to love and supportContinue reading “The Pastor with a thorn in his side -watch the launch event”

Being Human – New series on faithroots starts this week

The original (and an ongoing) aim of Faithroots  was to help people think through how doctrine/systematic theology applied to life. My concern was that we seem to separate Christian teaching into heavy weight more academic stuff and practical self help stuff. But if what we believe affects how we live then first of all, theContinue reading “Being Human – New series on faithroots starts this week”

New Horizons – Spring Update

Dear friends, Here’s an update for those of you who like to stay in touch with our plans and pray for us. Admittedly, when we first shared with you late last year that we were moving on from Bearwood Chapel, we hoped that by Easter, things would be much clearer about where we might endContinue reading “New Horizons – Spring Update”

Book update – The Pastor with a thorn in his side

Some of you will know that I recently contributed a chapter to a book coming out in May about pastors facing depression. The aim of the book is not only to help fellow pastors cope with depression and their churches to support them but to encourage a wider conversation about mental health and the church.Continue reading “Book update – The Pastor with a thorn in his side”

Coming soon – “The Pastor with a thorn in his side.”

Over the past few years, I’ve heard more and more stories about pastors who have battled with depression. I was aware of one or two guys that had suffered in the past but it wasn’t really talked about much. Then guys like Steve Kneale began to write publicly about their experience which encouraged others toContinue reading “Coming soon – “The Pastor with a thorn in his side.””