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Category: BLOG: Leadership

JESUS: What was He REALLY Like?

  A Messiah in my Image? Leadership according to Jesus. Years ago I wrote a controversial little song, where the chorus went: Is your Messiah made in your image? Is your Jesus under control? Is your religion made for your glory, or His? The Bible is, of course, a plumb line for us all of…
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2012-08-03 0

Why we chose a church with bad music!

  I recently read this simple little blog, and one response to it, and it seemed so natural, rooted, mature. I felt it expressed something of a call to remember simplicity in all our “attractional” platform driven churches. I’m not advocating it as a model…just a reminder: Shaun Groves writes: I’m often asked to speak…
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2012-07-03 0

Why Build a Church Building?

When ever we set out to build a church building, it must have a great context to for it to flourish. Churches don’t exist to build empires, self promoting monoliths or ego inspired monuments. Neither are they simply “community centres”, no more important than the local gym. But beyond needing to increase seating capacity and…
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2012-07-03 0

The Greatest Mountain? The Greatest Battle!

  “60% of UK churches no longer have a corporate prayer meeting.” When I read that stat I wondered about writing a blog “RIP: The British Prayer Meeting”, or “How to revive prayer in a contemporary church setting” etc etc. My worry was no one would click through to read the blog. Unfortunately, the stat…
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2012-06-15 2

5 Principles of Church Growth

A few thoughts on church growth in a Western setting…. One of the ways we show a love for God and for the people He loves, is to have a passionate, organised, Spirit inspired attitude to reaching lost souls for Christ and growing them into disciples – which means growing our churches. I have noticed…
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2012-04-13 0

Cameron Praises the Christian Fight Back!

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s “Christian Fight Back” speech, made at Downing Street to Christian ministries from across the denominations 3 April 2012. In it he praises what he calls “The Christian Fight Back….”. Remarkable! Here is the full script: “As you know, we have receptions here for Diwali, for Eid, for Jewish New Year,…
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2012-04-04 0

A Pastors New Year Resolutions

1. I will not obsess about how many people turn up each week. I will aim for a healthy church, and God can grow the church. 2. I will not end up a part-time Christian while in full time ministry. 3. I will remember I cannot do everything, so make sure my “not to do”…
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2011-12-31 0

The Kind of Church I want to go to

Lord, can I go to this church please….. I want to be part of a Church that embraces both Spirit & Word, contemporary excellence AND powerful outpourings of God’s Spirit: … where there is an ebb and flow of the Spirit/Word dynamics. One week you might think you’re in a Joel Osteen meeting, the next…
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2011-12-31 0

Why Cranky Christians Criticise Christian Celebrities – PLEASE STOP!

One of our Prime Ministers, in recent years, proclaimed that Britain is a Christian country, and that the Anglican church should spearhead a revival of Christian morality. The statements were brave and almost unprecedented from a PM in living memory. While many Christians were celebrating his bravery, some immediately engaged in friendly fire, picking holes…
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2011-12-17 0

Sunday, Grumpy Sunday

I realise this may be an utter surprise to those who don’t lead churches… but us pastors can have bad, bad days. Often, Sundays! Now, lots of things make me grumpy. I know it shouldn’t be so, but sometimes Sunday isn’t so much holy for me, as grumpy. Here are the top ten things that…
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2011-11-18 0

Unity is not THE Answer

There are endless unity meetings I could be in. As a minister I could literally spend most days in some networking meeting or another. But I feel we actually have a job to do in reaching millions of souls (not reaching each other!)…..and I have discovered…. 10 things Unity is not… Unity is not a group…
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2011-06-23 0

Church Health Check!

The following is a compilation of Health Check lists from denominations around the world. Amazing how similar so many are: Eight Essential Qualities of Healthy Churches: Natural Church Development 1. Empowering leadership 2. Gift-oriented ministry Development 3. Passionate spirituality 4. Functional structures 5. Inspiring worship service 6. Holistic small groups 7. Need-oriented evangelism 8. Loving…
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2011-05-28 0

A Worship Leaders Secret Weapon!

Many seek to lead worship and yet they do not have a heart after the presence of God. This is always obvious in their ministries, as you cannot pretend to have something you do not have. You cannot lead people in rapturous worship when you have no personal worship life. You cannot obey the Spirit…
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2011-05-26 0

Honey; I Blew up the Charismatic!

Jarrod was recently interviewed regarding the Gifts of the Spirit in the 21st Century church: Do you believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still being exercised in the Church in England today? I believe many churches are seeing a small level of prophecy and hearing God’s voice, and some see a level of…
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2011-04-26 0

Building a Growing Church

Church Growth Concepts I was recently questioned by a denomination about the growth of our church. From 2005-2010 our church doubled in size, which I realise is not particularly remarkable, except for the fact that we are based in the city with the lowest church attendance in the UK. Below are some of the answers,…
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2011-04-26 0

Worship: Beat the Myths, Find the Glory

I have discovered the greatest hindrance to a move of God can be quite simply right between my ears! My arrogant senses of right and wrong, godly and secular, acceptable and unthinkable. My religious education. My British culture. They can all hinder the divine, eternal culture of heaven from piercing through the dull temporal culture…
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2011-04-23 0

Smith Wigglesworth Prophecy for Britain Coming to Pass!

In 1947 Smith Wigglesworth prophesied the following: “During the next few decades there will be two distinct moves of the Holy Spirit across the church in Great Britain. The first move will affect every church that is open to receive it, and will be characterised by a restoration of the baptism and gifts of the Holy…
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2011-04-18 0

Mentoring 10 Steps

1. The Invitation Be clear about what you are offering the protégé. Be sure it is exactly the sort of mentoring relationship you can both sustain and want. How much time and support can you realistically give? Unfulfilled expectations on both sides lead to disillusionment and ultimately, relational breakdown. Don’t make rash, emotional promises. 2.…
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2011-04-14 0

Join the Media Revolution!

Easter 1997. I was sitting in my apartment having spent all week at the revival in Pensacola. The week of meetings was over, but I had that ‘God-sense’ that something more was still to take place. I lay on the sofa, my feet up on the end arm rest and my head propped up by…
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2011-04-14 0

Release Glory in Your Church!

As I ponder the ebb and flow of the movement of God’s Spirit in churches today, my mind is drawn to an email I received a few years ago. I had spent several days teaching a South African congregation about the presence of God, and then experiencing something of God’s glory with them. I left…
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2011-04-14 0