Tag Archives: church planting

All the ones that didn’t stay

I may have said this before but church planting, and church leadership generally, can be tough. As I heard Andrew Wilson say, with reference to Mark 6:48, it can be like rowing a boat into a headwind. Painstakingly slow. You need a tough skin and

The Curiosity Index (06.04.2017)

Tomorrow we’re off to South Carolina so expect intermittent service of the Index next week. Get More Done By Working Less This, describes me, far too often: “While we work 8 or more hours a day, most of that is just busywork.” Why I’m an

3 mistakes to avoid before going full-time

You’re a church leader working two jobs, you have a family and your church is growing, there are pastoral challenges and the Sunday sermon is regularly being written late on Saturday night. You’re living with that constant sense of guilt that something important is not

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

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

Lessons for church planters from the book of Ezra

I don’t know if I’ve ever consider the book of Ezra (also Nehemiah, Haggai & Zechariah) as helpful resources for church planters but a recent reading taught me a number of important lessons. First a  little bit of background; after years of rebellion Israel & then

Introducing: Tallinn

Over the past 12 months I’ve had the privilege of travelling to several cities in Northern Europe. All of them in significant need of more gospel-centred churches. (In the series: Copenhagen) Tallinn Take the overnight ferry from Stockholm and you can wake up in the