READ So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. Acts 6:7 THINK This is quite a remarkable verse! In the book of Acts, where advance and growth ooze out of most chapters, we’re told here that when the church in Jerusalem fixed an organisational challenge, they saw the rapid spread of … Continue reading GETTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT PLACE DOING THE RIGHT THING

Leadership Reflection: Have you got gospel friendships?

2 Cor 2:12-17 12 When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though the Lord opened a door for me, 13 I had no rest in my spirit because I did not find my brother Titus. Instead, I said good-bye to them and left for Macedonia In these verses we see how vital friendships in ministry is for the Apostle Paul. Note that … Continue reading Leadership Reflection: Have you got gospel friendships?

Leadership in the church

I’ve just started reading Alec Motyer‘s commentary on Philippians in my morning devotions. The following long-ish quotation is an amazingly clear picture that is painted of leadership in the local church. I would encourage you to read the whole quotation: The impression we receive in the New Testament is of local churches loosely federated under apostolic authority, with each church managing its own affairs under … Continue reading Leadership in the church


On Sunday I spoke at Kingsgate on Eldership in the local church. “the New Testament offers more instruction regarding elders than on other important church subjects such as the Lord’s Supper, the Lord’s Day, baptism, or spiritual gifts. When you consider the New Testament’s characteristic avoidance of detailed regulation and church procedures (when compared to the Old Testament), the attention given to elders is amazing.” … Continue reading Eldership

The Restoring Power of Criticism

Last night at the grow bag, we at Kingsgate, were looking at what it means to be Faithful, Accountable, Servanthearted and Teachable (FAST). Today as I read from weakness to strength by Scott Sauls, he nailed the importance and priority of allowing criticism to be a tool in the hands of a loving God to change and transform us.   “Writer and philosopher Elbert Hubbard … Continue reading The Restoring Power of Criticism

Jesus’ upside down view of leadership

The following quote from Scott Sauls, although it uses America as the comparison with Jesus’ leadership worldview could so easily be replaced by the UK or the Western World in general. Feel provoked: “In America, credentials qualify a person to lead. In Jesus, the chief qualification is character. In America, what matters most are the results we produce. In Jesus, what matters most is the … Continue reading Jesus’ upside down view of leadership

Important Update: Leadership Transition at Life Church

As many of you know the family and I will shortly be moving to Kingsgate Community Church (Great Yarmouth). However in order for this to be possible we’ve been praying and talking lots about what’s the right shape for the leadership team here at Life Church. On Wednesday evening we shared some really exciting news with the church family that we are exploring my dear … Continue reading Important Update: Leadership Transition at Life Church

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