Why commitment to a local church matters

In conversation with one of the people who has decided to open up his church during lockdown, he was quick to talk about the positives because he was seeing growth during the past few weeks following the decision.  I asked him whether this growth was from hungry unbelievers desperate to find Gospel food, from discontentContinue reading “Why commitment to a local church matters”

Panel of Nans

Sarah’s Grandma had a knack of predicting accurately the winner of the X Factor and of Britain’s Got Talent each year. It made me think that a fantastic spin off show would involve getting 4 grandmas to sit as the judging panel for the next talent contest -hence the show title “panel of nans.” IContinue reading “Panel of Nans”

What are deacons (not)

I’ve just took part in an interesting conversation with other pastors which started out with a question about how we train deacons in the church. This led to further questions about what exactly is a deacon? Fascinatingly there didn’t seem to be a uniform opinion on this.  So, I thought it might be worth thinkingContinue reading “What are deacons (not)”

Re-mapping the Gender Role debate

We tend to describe the debate about gender roles in church and the family as divided between egalitarians and complementarians.  However, I have been wondering whether this properly captures the nuances of the discussion.  So, here is an attempt to remap where the agreement and disagreement is. I am starting with the assumption that theContinue reading “Re-mapping the Gender Role debate”

Leadership is not about the committee you attend

Imagine if the way that your family functioned was that the husband/dad went down to the garden shed and made some decisions. Maybe he called round a few other men to join him for this meeting. Then afterwards, they came out and pronounced their wisdom. You can be by conviction a complementarian and still feelContinue reading “Leadership is not about the committee you attend”

Recovering from Biblical manhood and womanhood – a review

I finally sat down to read Aimee Byrd’s book Recovering From Biblical Manhood and Womanhood today (birthday present). You may recall that a few weeks back I had written in defence of Aimee following some rather unpleasant goings on in an online facebook group. Well I thought it was important to sit down and readContinue reading “Recovering from Biblical manhood and womanhood – a review”

Abuse and The Church: Changing the Culture

Always Reforming I’ve shared a few articles recently reflecting on the less pleasant side of church life.  It should sadden us that the church (locally, nationally and internationally) often seems to fall short of what it should be as a haven of hope and safety. However, at the same time it should not surprise us. Continue reading “Abuse and The Church: Changing the Culture”

Abuse and the Church -does plural leadership help protect?

There has been a growing acceptance of the importance of having plural leadership in churches and this can be a big help to encouraging healthy accountable churches. Many churches now emphasise team leadership and Brethren and some Baptist and Presbyterian churches have appointed several elders to lead. However, just appointing a group of leaders doesContinue reading “Abuse and the Church -does plural leadership help protect?”