Happy New Year – dreams for 2014

As thoughts turn back to work after the Christmas  / New Year break with a mixture of relief and anticipation I wonder what the year might hold? I don’t do resolutions which are a guilt inducing way of setting myself up to fail, but my three personal dreams for the year ahead are: 1. Speak... Continue Reading →

UK Christians sexist?

There's an interesting debate opening on the web about the question, 'are UK Christian conferences sexist'? It started off when Rachel Held Evans in the US challenged the organisers of the NINES conference on twitter, (a summary of the tweets are on storify ) which has then prompted some UK folk to look at what... Continue Reading →

Youth work job

Poynton Baptist Church is looking for a new youth worker to start this September. So if you are interested in coming to work with me this is your chance! Details about the role are available by clicking the links below: Download Youth worker background information Download Youth worker spec Download Youth Worker application form If... Continue Reading →

Baptist Assembly and social media

So Baptist Assembly (BUGB / BMS) has begun with an afternoon of seminars and opening evening Celebration during which Chris Duffett started his year as BUGB president.I’ve blown hot and cold about the idea of a president over the years but one advantage is it helps us listen to people whose insights can get squeezed... Continue Reading →

Young people and church

Last week saw some interesting blogs (including Krish Kandiah's blog here) and twitter conversations about the statistics that suggest the church is haemorrhaging young people; despite significant investment into youth work.  Having read some of the conversation it seemed to me that it didn’t resonate with my own experience. So I spent half an hour... Continue Reading →

5 P’s of #leadership

A blog post caught my eye earlier this week where Rob Petrini suggested the two things a Christian leader needed to remember were process and perception. I’d not come across this before but it got me thinking; and so here are my 5 key elements of church leadership (leaving the question of the relation of ministry... Continue Reading →

Big Society

Interesting piece about Big Society here by Luke Bretherton (HT Andy) and the opportunity it presents for churches, which covers similar ground as a talk by Malcolm Duncan to BUGB Council earlier this week. As far as I’m concerned the jury is still out. In principle I like the idea of small government and communities being... Continue Reading →

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