This is adapted from a talk I gave recently.
Many of us have been around our local church for a long time. Some of the people we see at church have grown up with us since childhood. Others may have joined while we were at school, where w...
The following is adapted from a talk I gave last year. If you want to know more, see Paul Tripp's excellent book, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands.
Look around the people at your church. What kind of people do you see?
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This is the second in a series of posts on a model for administering independent churches.
My previous post described the problem that independent churches face in their governance structures. Briefly, we want financial management, etc., to be the re...
This is the first in a series of posts on a model for administering independent churches.
Before we go on describing what the model is like, I will need to explain what I mean by an independent church, and why a different model may be useful.
It's been a long time since I've posted here. That's because I had, until now, nothing much useful to say. (Plus the fact I was writing reports and Board papers at work all the time, which diminished my enthusiasm for writing.)
Anyway, I've been mull...
Our congregation has an "unofficial" policy of vetting the lyrics of songs before admitting them for use in services. In general, we look at almost every song, regardless of source, and assess each on its own merits. I thought it would be u...
For some reason, whenever I talk to people about ministry, the discussion often ventures into "ministry platforms". I think I have been saying the same thing enough times for me put it down in writing, so that hopefully I don't have to repe...
Much has been made about gospel partnerships which reach out to a specific group of people. In these gospel partnerships, we have people from many different local churches gather together for a common cause---to proclaim the gospel to this particular...