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Church Planting Essentials: Accurate measurements

Every church leader gets the numbers question, it comes with the territory. We can debate the merits of the question and the need for questions that probe quality and not just quantity, but if you’re a church planter, numbers rule your world. Let’s be honest, no church planter sets out to plant a small group, stop there and say ‘mission accomplished’. We may not be dreaming of a mega, multi or missional monster but I’d bet my house no-one in the West thinks getting eight or ten people is hitting…

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Church Planting Essentials: Patience

I know there are some church plants that just seem to explode into life almost the moment they began. Churches where everything seems to go just right and the line on the growth chart (because that is what we’re thinking about) just keeps climbing. I’ve never led one of those church plants. I’ve led teams where my family was the team, where every inch of ground is hard-fought for and growth (because that is what we want to see) happens slowly. It can happen gradually and it can take a long time coming.…

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Therapy, sin & modern idols

I’ve often heard Christians say they struggle talking about sin for fear of coming across as judgemental. It’s an understandable concern but a largely unnecessary one. Sin, not just as an action but as an idolatry, can be identified by its destructive consequences and you don’t need to step into a church to hear about. Step instead into the therapist’s office. Late last year the Guardian published this article about therapy in Britain today and the estimated one million people who visited a therapist. One of the therapists interviewed said, “The fundamental issue…

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Why should I?

Our family (and especially my wife) has long enjoyed the fruits of George Cadbury’s labours, yet his chocolate was not his greatest legacy. Cadbury, a devout Quaker, built towns, country parks, sports fields all in the interest, not of profit but of the lives of the men and women who worked for him. I was particularly struck by the quote above when visiting the Cadbury factory in Birmingham. Cadbury realised that there is a measure of freedom in how you choose to spend your money. This freedom increases with your wealth.…

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When being good is not enough

Just recently I was discussing with a few friends about the reason, according to Christianity, why Jesus died on a cross. We talked, for some time, about the reality, extent and problem of human sin. We talked about goodness and our own sense of morality and righteousness and that it is quite common for people to think they are good people. But what if good, just isn’t good enough? What if the requirement was, well, fantastic? Are you fantastic? And if you are and you make it to fantastic, with your fantastic…

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Book Review: The Bible in 100 pages

In the introduction to his book, The Bible in 100 pages: Seeing the Big Picture in God’s Great Story Phil Moore gives us some numbers on the Bible: “It was written across 2,000 years by at least 44 different authors in 3 languages in 9 countries in 3 continents.” In addition it is made up of, “66 books, 1,189 chapters and 31,102 verses.” All of which can make the Bible, for many, a daunting and often impenetrable book to read. Instead what is offered up here is a 100 page overview of the…

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Church planting essentials: Hospitality

Family. Church. When you think about those words what comes to mind? Are there any overlaps? It is quite possible that neither of them carry any positive associations for you, yet that only serves to highlight our deep need for a place where we are loved, nurtured, cherished and valued; a people who give us our identity and our place in the world, a people to whom we belong and who belong to us. Our conviction is that the church is the household of God (Eph 2:19 for example) and this shouldn’t…

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