Elders should be above reproach

I’ve been sharing a few thoughts about aspects of church life over the past few days to help those who are seeking to plant or replant churches think through the practicalities of church life.  In this previous article, I wrote about elders and what they should do, today I want to talk about what eldersContinue reading “Elders should be above reproach”

Relax, refresh, restart

I’ve been writing a few articles about churches and life after lockdown.  In them, I’ve included some potentially provocative comments about traditional midweek church ministries. Please don’t get me wrong on this. I’m not saying that you must never run these activities.  I simply have a twofold point. The first is that a lot ofContinue reading “Relax, refresh, restart”

Learning to See – That important detail

On a couple of occasions, I’ve been asked for informal advice about a legal matter. Sometimes it has been to do with employment law, once or twice about family law and often to do with immigration and asylum.  Often people start with a lengthy story of every single possible grievance or defence that might haveContinue reading “Learning to See – That important detail”

Recreating the home group and restoring the prayer meeting

Discussing with a few people the demise of the prayer meeting the other day, I was struck by a thought.  The problem is with our home groups. One of the main reasons that you won’t seem many people at traditional prayer meetings is that they have been replaced by Home Groups. The problem is thatContinue reading “Recreating the home group and restoring the prayer meeting”

What if people don’t come back to church?

This article from Thom Rainer is a sobering read. Although written from a US perspective, I think it is likely to be very true of the UK situation too. Certainly, there are things I recognise as I read the article. I want to add a qualification and then consider how we respond.  The qualification isContinue reading “What if people don’t come back to church?”

Following to be part of something (Matthew 4:18-25)

She was beautiful, smiley and when I started to talk to her I was more attracted still as her winsome personality shone through too. I was smitten. I would willingly have gone anywhere with her. If that meant moving away to live, work and go to church some place else then I would happily haveContinue reading “Following to be part of something (Matthew 4:18-25)”

Lessons in lockdown 1. Reach and Engagement are not the same

In the early days of lockdown, people were quickly talking about a possible revival. Surveys suggested that a high percentage of people had accessed online church content, the number of views of our Facebook and Youtube streams were double, if not quadruple our normal Sunday morning attendance. The problem is that there is a hugeContinue reading “Lessons in lockdown 1. Reach and Engagement are not the same”

Food from around the worldwide web

Evangelism and discipleship must advance side by side – We are going to be talking to Jeremy Marshall on #AfternoonTea today. Here he is interacting with another friend, Steve Kneale about evangelism and discipleship. Responding to Dominic Cummings The news in the UK this week has been dominated by the Dominic Cummings affair. Here areContinue reading “Food from around the worldwide web”

HUP

How important is ethnic diversity to a church? At Bearwood Chapel, we place a great emphasis on this. People within the church have explicitly prayed that we would reflect the neighbourhood around us. Nb 3 there are parts to this. FIrst is seeing it in attendance and there id movement on this though there areContinue reading “HUP”

When God doesn’t heal (Will God heal me part 2)

This is part two in our look at the question “Will God heal me?”  You can find the first discussion here. What do we do when we long for healing, have prayed for healing and it doesn’t seem to happen?  Here are some notes from the discussion which you can watch below. This can beContinue reading “When God doesn’t heal (Will God heal me part 2)”