ChurchesGrowth is measured by a spiritual, not material, increase.Support other churches rather than duplicate their mission.Take risks with new ventures and end something that has served its purpose.Protect children and the vulnerable. Care for them in a way that best suits their needs.ChristiansForemost in every Christian is the desire for a deep relationship.Must each be … Continue reading SIMPLE LESSONS FOR CHURCHES AND CHRISTIANS
People have spent a lifetime trying to elaborate the salvation message. The gospel itself is simple, yet takes a lifetime to practice.Without it, we are the guilty judging the guilty. Success is an extremely dangerous temptation to Christians. It's always one step away from hypocrisy. There is no higher class Christianity.There is no perfect Christian … Continue reading SUCCESS
If you hear of a new Christian movement or someone claiming God has spoken to them, what is your reaction? Personally, I tend to be sceptical. I can understand the response of the first people who observed the actions of Jesus. Having the authority to cast out evil spirits can't have been commonplace. The Bible tells us people … Continue reading WHOSE AUTHORITY?
This is an extract from a book called Living L’Arche by Kevin Scott Reimer. The development of goals happens in fits and starts, in large part through time spent with the core members of L’Arche. Accordingly, I asked caregiver assistants to write down 12-15 personal goals in order of greatest importance. I separated assistant responses … Continue reading SETTING GOALS
Often I am frustrated with big church gatherings because of the struggle to find a deep spiritual connection. Instead, they leave me feeling unsatisfied. Perhaps this is because many modern churches are extremely cliché. The herd instinct where people are lost in a structure and big gatherings. Finding and keeping deep relationships can be hard. The … Continue reading WHY IS CHURCH BORING?
John Taylor first published Enough is Enough in 1975. This book is from the early days of the environmentalist movement and makes a theological case for resisting consumerism and looking after our planet. Things have to change. We cannot go on as we are. Whether we look at our situation in the light of the Bible's visions and … Continue reading CAPITALIST CHURCH ETHOS
People gather desperate to experience Jesus, the Holy Spirit enters and a tangible presence of God is felt. There's a spirit-filled buzz as vision and mission are birthed; a church is formed. As the founders intentionally pursue their mission, fruitfulness and effectiveness are evident alongside the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, it is common, that over a period of … Continue reading LIFE CYCLE OF A CHURCH