Ten you may have missed

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Yesterday I published a list of this year’s top ten most read blog articles. It’s often a surprise and sometimes frustrating to see what does and doesn’t make it towards the top of the list. Sometimes you find that people are more interested in a particular subject than you would be, sometimes, something you expect… Continue reading Ten you may have missed

Trickle Down Gospel?

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Government economic policy in the UK has led to renewed discussion of the term “Trickle Down Economics”.  The term comes from the belief supposedly held by some that if we simply permit the wealthy to get wealthier then that wealth will eventually “trickle down” to the less well off. I say “supposedly” because I’m not… Continue reading Trickle Down Gospel?

Safer Churches e-book

Here in one place are the studies and discussion questions helping us to think through what it means to plant safer churches Planting Safer Churches I would encourage Church leadership teams to work through these over a series of sessions. I am also currently preparing a series of YouTube videos to accompany the discussions

Planting Safer Churches

This may seem like an unusual title.  On the one hand, we would hope that churches are safe, loving and accepting places.  This is where the Gospel is preached and where people whose lives are being changed come.  On the other hand, can we really expect church to be safe? Isn’t there something intensely dangerous… Continue reading Planting Safer Churches

How can you pray for fruit from the Commonwealth Games outreach?

Thank you to all of you who have been praying for evangelistic outreach during the Commonwealth Games.  Please don’t stop praying.  Here are some ways in which you can be praying after the event has finished. For all who received Gospels and New Testaments.  The main form of outreach was by conversation and by offering… Continue reading How can you pray for fruit from the Commonwealth Games outreach?

Ministry nuts and bolts: What the pastor needs to know about asylum and immigration

This will vary depending on context but if you are serving in an urban context, then the issue of immigration is likely to play a significant part in your ministry.  What are the kinds of things you need to be aware of and thinking about? First of all, I think it will help you to… Continue reading Ministry nuts and bolts: What the pastor needs to know about asylum and immigration

Ministry Nuts and Bolts: What does the pastor need to know

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I’ve recently wrote about things that church leaders need to know about and be trained in beyond the narrower limits of theological and even pastoral care education and training. I followed this up with a specific article about finances.  This prompted some feedback asking for further articles looking at practical aspects of leadership from safeguarding… Continue reading Ministry Nuts and Bolts: What does the pastor need to know

Multiplying and planting – how do you decide what to do?

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One question that comes up when thinking about planting is whether or not we should have a particular model/approach in mind. What will a new plant look like? This includes questions about the style and  structure of a plant but also the exact nature of the beast. Is it actually a new church you are… Continue reading Multiplying and planting – how do you decide what to do?

Swifter, smaller, simpler

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Our church family have just been on a weekend away. We are part of a family of churches that originated out of the same plant and are seeking to reach Birmingham with the Gospel.  The church holiday brought the three congregations together. During the weekend, one of the speakers talked about our vision as a… Continue reading Swifter, smaller, simpler