It was very exciting to see the 2,500-seater Caird Hall in Dundee extremely crowded on Sunday when I had the joy of preaching to believers from 31 churches across the city and beyond.
The man in the street probably thinks of the church as an ancient structure on the corner, frequented by a few elderly and harmless people who have nothing better to do than sit in cold, draughty old buildings. The only […]
Church planting, it has been observed, is the most effective form of evangelism. Some statisticians have done the sums and worked out that you get more individuals saved through church planting than from any other form of evangelism. Sadly, however, […]
Calvinists are not famous for their admiration for or appreciation of Charles Finney, but here is one believer with a preference for Reformed doctrine who applauds this contribution. Last week I received a copy of Charles Simpson’s occasional Pastoral Letter […]
Some people throw up quietly. I don’t know how they do it. When I am sick I’m noisy! The whole house knows about it. It’s an occasion; an event. I am told that vomiting is one of the most violent […]
When leading people into major transition don’t leave things open-ended; lead them into full participation. Give clear steps which they can take to demonstrate concrete ownership so that the church feels it is moving on together.
As leaders ponder their vision and prayerfully dwell in the future, they must make decisions that will result in letting go of things that were previously important. You must discern what is no longer relevant and put it to death. This can be very costly.
Leadership is rooted in integrity. People will (rightly!) watch your lives, looking for consistency of words and actions. Honesty and truthfulness, demonstrated by promises kept and faithfulness in things small and great, will build credit into the leader’s account.
In recent weeks I have visited churches in the midst of major transition. One church is aiming to prepare its people for multiplying its services so that in the near future they will become two congregations meeting at different times.