Podcast Episode 13. Developing Discipleship Online & In-Person (with Nick Charalambous)

Overview For many churches, discipleship has become a one-off course that you run, but the Great Commission puts it right at the heart of the church’s mandate. How do we do that more effectively? Now with the rise of online ministry, how do we effectively disciple people in an online setting? About Our Guest Nick […]

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Podcast Episode 12. Planning for Christmas in uncertain times

Overview Christmas is a difficult season to plan for as a church. Planning for Christmas when you’re not sure what the COVID restrictions will be is even harder. The great news is that you can still get planning, regardless of the rules at Christmas time. By planning the foundations, the variables such as platform and […]

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How to lead your team to consensus, not compromise

On 27th March 2019, The UK’s Parliament started their now famous ‘Indicative Votes’ – MPs voted on 8 separate issues in order to solve the Brexit conundrum. After unceremoniously rejecting both of then-Prime Minister Teresa May’s Brexit deals, Parliament took control and put forward 8 ideas, voting on them with a simple yes/no vote for […]

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This is the secret weapon every church desperately needs

I grew up in the era of Pearce Brosnan being James Bond. Goldeneye was the classic, and the Bond Car was peak-Bond – a BMW Z3 fitted with stinger missiles. Who knows where the engine would fit with all of the technology going on, but that’s not the point. The point was, James had a secret weapon whenever he […]

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Podcast Episode 9. Leadership Development (with Simon Jarvis)

Overview Leadership Development is a much talked about subject, but so little thought goes into systematising it. We often put it down to a natural born gift, or believing the cream will rise to the top. However, this rarely happens. As church leaders, it is our responsibility to grow the people within our care, including […]

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Podcast Episode 7. Church Mergers (with Jim Tomberlin)

Overview Church Mergers have often been thought of as a generally negative thing. We conjure up ideas of large churches eating up congregations, and the number of churches declining. However, if done properly, a church merger can be an exceptionally healthy thing. Jim Tomberlin is the master at helping churches merge in a healthy way […]

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4 simple ways to help people see the bright side of online church

“It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this?” The immortal words of The Killers were definitely not written about the state of Online Church services, but the sentiment certainly applies. It all feels like the premise to a Romcom. The love affair of the church with online services started in early March. It was a strange meet cute. […]

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3 biggest ways to reach more people for Jesus

‘Church growth’ is a divisive phrase. For some the word is exciting. A church that’s growing has a buzz, more people coming to know Jesus, fuller auditoriums, more leaders. For others, this phrase talks about turning church into a corporation: it’s all about getting numbers for numbers sake, organisational growth without spiritual growth and looking […]

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Podcast Episode 4. Re-opening your church building post-lockdown (with Lorne Campbell)

Overview With Lockdown restrictions starting to ease, the church doors are able to be opened once more. However, there is so much more to opening the church than just unlocking and starting as per usual. How your church carefully considers how to re-open its building in a legal, responsible and ethical way will help your […]

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Podcast Episode 2. A mission statement is your church’s compass

Introduction Mission Statements tend to get hidden away in some dusty corner of your website. They tend to be filled with generic statements that are long and cumbersome. But what if the Mission Statement could be the reference point for every programme, activity and decision in your church? Mission Statements seek to answer the key […]

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You’ll love these 4 powerful church metrics

Dragons Den is a classic show. In one episode the then-dragon Duncan Bannatyne stated a well-used phrase, “revenue is vanity, profit is sanity”. And he’s right. In a business, It’s not about the money that you make, it’s about the money that you keep. Vanity measures are important. Tracking revenue is really important, but when […]

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How to stop hogging all the decisions

Decision-making is a difficult endeavour, and as church leaders it’s so easy to default to hoard all of the decision-making power. After all, it can be difficult to know who should make the decision, and then trusting someone else to make that decision can be tough. However, we also know intuitively, that delegation of decision-making […]

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You will love these simple church strategies

Peter Drucker is famously attributed to the quote, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” – Here’s the bad news. Peter Drucker didn’t say it. Here’s the even worse news. The quote isn’t true. The thinking is that you can have all the plans you want, but the culture dictates what will happen. Surely, get the culture […]

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How to be part of the future church, not the past

In Lewis Carol’s classic novel, Through The Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, Alice, previously having been to Wonderland, climbs up on the mantlepiece and goes through the mirror and goes into a world where everything is reversed. Sound Familiar? On 23rd March 2020, the U.K. followed much of the rest of the world and […]

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How a mission statement can stop you walking in circles

This article was originally published on Premier Christianity Blog Have you ever watched The Island with Bear Grylls? A group of strangers get stranded on a deserted island with little more than the clothes on their backs and are expected to survive for a month. Inevitably, they valiantly trek into the jungle to find food. […]

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