Category Archives: Church

Church planting essentials: Setting your pace

Starting a new church is hard work in case you didn’t know that. The early years of a new church are often marked by that ‘one step forward, two steps back’ dance that small churches do. Now we’re growing, now we’re not. Which if you’re

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Christians, the early church & child abuse

One of the great tragedies of our day is that the church (and I use that in its widest form) has increasingly become known as a place where children have been abused. There are too many scandals, too much secrecy, too many cover ups of abusers

Don’t neglect communion

The second most popular post on my blog over the past ten years (and by quite some margin) is this one – Scriptures for Communion. When you add in the third most popular Invitations to the table not to mention Bread & Wine as a covenant meal, A

Interview on bi-vocational leadership

Recently I was interviewed by Andy Peck for The Leadership File on Premier Radio in the UK. We discuss the pros & cons for both the leader and the church of working bi-vocationally. I ended with the plea that church leaders should not see being paid

Relational Mission: Starting new families

Last year I started (but never finished) a look through each chapter of Mike Bett’s book Relational Mission: A way of life. As a reminder here are the links to the previous 5 A real family Raising sons & daughters Everyone a witness The prayers of many

How is a church on mission organised?

I’ve long been helped, inspired and encouraged by the teaching of Jeff Vanderstelt. I must have saved about 30 articles that I went through yesterday as I thought through being a church on mission. Although I’ve already collected a guide to missional communities (purpose, reasons, rhythms

Church is a family

Swedes, when it comes to matters of faith are largely illiterate and sceptical. They don’t understand it and sometimes they fear it. Their concepts of what church should be is often restricted to their vague notions of the Church of Sweden; the church to which

Questions about preaching

I love preaching but I rarely do it these days. The number of times I’ve preached has dropped from almost every week five years ago to just a handful of times a year.  I do sometimes miss it and I always enjoy it when afforded