Caring for our leaders

Key priority #5: Invest in leaders Investing in the care of leaders ‘Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”’ – Mark 10:45 As we continue our series exploring our seven key objectives during 2016, I want to spend a few moments looking together at the really important subject … Continue reading Caring for our leaders

Everyone finding their place

Key priority #3: Mobilise every member to play their part This is the third installment in our new series looking at seven key objectives for us as a church in 2016. Over the past six years we’ve essentially doubled in size as a church. On the Sundays I’m hosting or preaching, it’s a wonderful joy for me to look around the room and see countless stories of … Continue reading Everyone finding their place

Creating a culture of invitation

Key priority #2. Develop a culture of invitation Two weeks ago we started a new series here in Life News, exploring the seven key objectives that we believe, as a church, we need to go for in 2016. Last week we looked at the vital importance of Sundays. This week I would like us to explore what it means to be a community with a culture … Continue reading Creating a culture of invitation

Sundays: A display of the beauty of the church

Yesterday I started a new series looking at our seven key objectives for the coming year – areas on which we, as a church, are going to be focusing during 2016. This week I want to take the first of these and try to simply unpack it in a little more detail. Key priority #1. Develop excellence and growth at our Sunday meetings It is really important that we … Continue reading Sundays: A display of the beauty of the church

Immanuel

‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name “Immanuel”‘ (Matt 1:23) Familiarity can so quickly lead to the loss of awe. I think this is especially true with the Christmas message. For example, hearing the word Immanuel should send shudders of joy and excitement surging through our bones! Why? Let me try to explain: Immanuel, as many of us will … Continue reading Immanuel

A Topsy-turvy person

A week ago we started a three part series, looking at the topsy-turvy nature of Christmas. What I mean by this is, have you ever stopped for a moment and considered how topsy-turvy, upside-down and back-to-front the story of that first Christmas really is? It may be familiar to many of us, but there is nothing normal about the story. Let me show you the third of three … Continue reading A Topsy-turvy person

A topsy-turvy story (part 2)

Yesterday we started a three part series looking at the topsy-turvy nature of Christmas. What do I mean by this is? Well, have you ever stopped for a moment to consider how topsy-turvy, how upside-down and back-to-front, the story of that first Christmas really is? It may be familiar to many of us, but there is nothing normal about the story. Let me show you what I mean with … Continue reading A topsy-turvy story (part 2)

A topsy-turvy story (part 1)

I wonder how many times the story of Christmas has been told, acted, sung or written about in the past two thousand years? It must be in the billions by now! However, have you ever stopped for a moment and considered how topsy-turvy, how upside-down and back-to-front, the story of that first Christmas really is? It may be familiar to most of us, but there … Continue reading A topsy-turvy story (part 1)

First Things: Being Present as a Dad

Last week I wrote about the importance of being present with others. Over the course of my sabbatical, God wonderful did an amazing work in my life around what it means for me to be a dad. Seriously, if the only thing that had happened over the course of my sabbatical was this one significant shift in me, I would be utterly grateful to you all for … Continue reading First Things: Being Present as a Dad