Unlearning being a pastor

Okay, I admit it. I find home groups hard work. As a pastor, it was always that sense of being on duty, of being responsible for what happened. Your mind was constantly alert, even when not leading the group. Was everyone engaged, did anyone seem uncomfortable, was anyone acting in an inappropriate way to makeContinue reading “Unlearning being a pastor”

The year we were given

2020 was not the year we asked for and not the year we expected.  A lot of people had focused on the big number year and its association with vision as a significant milestone to aim for. We all had 2020 visions.  Others also because of the symmetry of the year had planned big weddingContinue reading “The year we were given”

Is it ever a good thing to lay people off?

We were sat in the meeting room off of the open plan office again. We had been through too many of these conversations. It was frustrating because I’d seen something in the lad during his apprenticeship and given him a job in our team.  However he had coasted after that, he seemed lethargic, disinterested andContinue reading “Is it ever a good thing to lay people off?”

When you have to make someone redundant

In a previous article, I wrote for those who are experiencing being made redundant.  Today, I want to write about our responsibilities when we are the other side of the desk. If you are in a leadership position, then there is going to come a day when you will face the prospect of having toContinue reading “When you have to make someone redundant”


Can you meet with the Trustees urgently about the financial situation?” “Are we looking at redundancies?” “We need to talk options…” That’s the gist of a conversation I was having a few weeks back.  Like quite a few churches in our context, we’ve been encouraged over the past ten years to see Gospel growth butContinue reading “Redundant”