Book Review: Creating Community

North Point Community Church is, I’m told, a big church. I confess I know very little about them, what they believe or don’t believe.  However they do have a strong focus on small groups. Creating Community: 5 Keys to building a small group culture is their ‘how to do what we do’ book on small groups. And let me air this gripe right away, Andy Stanley’s name is not on this book because he wrote it but because his name is higher profile. This book is written by Bill Willits so it was a…

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Articles 

Encouraging female leaders

Let me share two convictions I have about church. I am convinced that the Bible teaches that churches should be led a team of elders of suitably qualified men. I am convinced we need more women leaders in the church. Now I often face the challenge that those two are either in contradiction or that I don’t really believe the second one or that the leadership I’m talking of would be so limited as to not to really count as leadership at all. I understand that the debate about the role of…

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Church 

Discipleship, community and church

I have become convinced that leaders need a laser like focus on disciple making. Think about it, if you don’t have that focus on disciple-making who does? We live in a culture that is consistently and forcefully shaping men & women but not into the image of Christ, our people need us to be consistently encouraging them on in their discipleship. I have also become convinced that we need to discover ways of being church that are readily replicable, can be led by bi-vocational leaders, can foster community and can encourage people to…

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Church 

The Coming New Normal

Carl Trueman recently took up the theme of the bi-vocational church leader in a post called The Coming New Normal and as usual makes some excellent points. He believes that, Bi-vocational pastoring will become more common, if not standard, in the next decade Now it’s not the first time that Prof Trueman has jumped (unwittingly) on my bandwagon but he has.  So if you’re someone who thinks ‘by golly he’s right’ about the new standard for church leaders then look no further, here are some posts which might help: The Bi-vocational leader Five…

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Church 

5 things to do before you give up being bi-vocational

This is the third post in a mini-series about bi-vocational leaders in churches (The bi-vocational leader & 5 reasons why I’m happy to be bi-vcoational). There are many leaders in many churches who work two jobs and for many there comes a time when they wonder whether life wouldn’t really be better with just one job and go full-time for the church. There have been several times in my life where it’s not just felt like two full time jobs but has actually been two full-time jobs and I can…

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