Come over and help us

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In Acts 16:9-15, Paul has a dream where a man from Macedonia appears to him and asks him to come and help them there in their Gospel witness.  It’s the start of September and that means the start of the academic year.  This tends to be one of the two or three times a year… Continue reading Come over and help us

Why I don’t like using quotes in sermons

I recently saw this little quote on Twitter. I think the general sentiment is true for preachers in that a bigger point is being made.  We need to ensure that the voices heard and examples used in church are not limited to narrow group of people within the church.  Do we use illustrations about women? … Continue reading Why I don’t like using quotes in sermons

Swifter, smaller, simpler – How can we help?

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I’ve mentioned this theme a few times over the past few days.  It refers to the current focus/desire of the church we are part of to see a greater impact on our city through planting and multiplication.  It resonates strongly with what I’ve been praying for, talking about and seeking to encourage and help with… Continue reading Swifter, smaller, simpler – How can we help?

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

A vision for urban West Midlands Church planting

My current focus is on encouraging church planting into the Urban West Midlands. My desire is not to see one church growing big but to see a city that is full of churches bringing Gospel light to needy neighbourhoods. My specific concern is for those areas that are often less reached with the Gospel.  This… Continue reading A vision for urban West Midlands Church planting

What does your church value?

I’ve been writing a few articles on things like mission and vision statements.  There is the risk that such things can feel corporate, slick and fluffy. However, if a mission statement is really simply “Matthew 28:19-20 with a date stamp and a postcode” then what we are doing is helping the church apply God’s word… Continue reading What does your church value?

A vision for your church?

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The other day, I wrote about mission statements and value statements. I also mentioned that it can be helpful to draft out a slightly longer statement describing what you might call the vision for the church. This is not about arrogantly making grand claims about what you are going to achieve. Everything will be in… Continue reading A vision for your church?

It couldn’t be me

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I’ve written and spoken quite a bit about the need for people to come and help get churches planted on our estates and in our inner cities. I’ve also talked about the possibility of people starting to do this whilst benefitting from training for Gospel ministry. One thing I’m mindful of is that a lot… Continue reading It couldn’t be me

Planter speed up – the core team isn’t coming

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Dan Steel has written on the Acts29 site encouraging church planters to slow down and work more on building a healthy core team before they plant.  I’m loath to disagree with Dan, he’s an experienced pastor and planter who knows what he’s talking about. I also think that there is much in his article to… Continue reading Planter speed up – the core team isn’t coming