Pastoring Asylum Seekers

One of the privileges I had serving in an urban multicultural context was the opportunity to pastor asylum seekers and other immigrants seeking leave to remain.  As well as those with what you might call fairly conventional asylum claims and those who were primarily economic migrants we also saw a number of people who wereContinue reading “Pastoring Asylum Seekers”

Christians don’t (shouldn’t) bear grudges

One of the saddest things in Christian life is when you meet or hear about people, sometimes within the same church who have not spoken for years. Similarly you can even discover churches where there has been rivalry going on since a split decades ago.  Sometimes Christians will disagree sharply. The Apostle Paul disagreed withContinue reading “Christians don’t (shouldn’t) bear grudges”

Red Herrings and church life

I’ve written two articles describing examples of what are in my opinion “red-herrings” when it comes to the UK’s COVID-19 response. I could be wrong in my assessment. I write as an amateur arm chair critic not an expert. However, the point I wanted to make was that often we risk being distracted by somethingContinue reading “Red Herrings and church life”

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)”