“The glory of self-realization and the misery of self-estrangement alike arise from hopelessness in a world of lost horizons. To disclose to it the horizon of the future of the crucified Christ is the task of the Christian Church.”

Theology of Hope Jürgen Moltmann (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993), 338

A friend sent me the link to this TED talk yesterday. The main thesis is that good leaders make their people feel safe. They fight for their people and consequently their people fight for them. Frankly, I’m not surprised that this type of leadership is so powerful. To my thinking, it’s woven into the very fabric of the universe.

“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:28

4 Ways Your Church Can Partner With A Church Plant

Church planting can be a lonely business. In many ways, the church planter ventures out on his own armed with nothing but a vision and a prayer. Obviously that’s not entirely true, but it can often feel that way (trust me)! This article outlines four ways that your church can help church planters and their teams to get started on the journey.

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Over the last few months I’ve been seeking to raise support and gather a launch team from among the members of several established churches. “What?” you ask. “Shouldn’t you be trying to reach those who aren’t a part of any church?” Absolutely! A major desire of church planters should be to see people become Christians, not just take Christians from existing churches. 

This is an excellent video courtesy of the Village Church. No doubt your church will have its own story, but it is exciting to see what God can accomplish through those who are willing to step out in faith.

How to get organised and effective in under 2 hours a week

I like being organised. It’s probably part OCD, but disorganisation stresses me out. I also like being effective. Unfortunately, being organised does not always equal being effective. In this post I’d like to outline how I try to achieve both every week.

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Every Friday afternoon from 2-4pm I have a reoccurring appointment with myself. In my opinion, my overall effectiveness from one week to the next is directly proportional to how well I use this time. If I keep the appointment, I get truckloads of the right stuff done. If I ignore it, I may still get stuff done… but it’s unlikely to be the right stuff.

5 ways to train people in ministry

I am a big believer in training. I have regularly stated that I am committed to planting a church that plants new churches. That being said, the only way that we’re going to be able to do that is by developing leaders who can start ministries and plant new churches.

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One of the things that excites me most about planting a church next year is that I will be joined by an intern and some student ministers. In deciding to come on board, each of these have communicated a strong desire to be involved with our mission. Additionally, they’ve also expressed a desire to be trained.