Every church has its fair share of conflict. What sort of church would it be if it didn’t. Sure it would be nice but very strange. Of course if you’re in such a church it must mean you’re dead because the only church without conflict is the perfect and purified church in heaven. However when […]Read More So who runs the church?
When I left The Chinese Christian Church Milsons Point to go to Moore College I was determined never to go back to a Chinese church. I had had enough of the crazy Chinese churches. I swore, with hand on my heart, the Chinese church was not for me. I was going to become a Sydney […]Read More It’s a good time to be in the Chinese church
Why is it that something so simple can become so complicated, like growing a church? It seems that you need a PhD in Church growth strategy. I tried reading the ‘bible’ on church growth – Centre Church by Tim Keller, and I’d have to say it was tough going (Ok maybe I’m just stupid, which is […]Read More The simple (though not easy) way to grow the church.
In past blogs I offered some reflections on the idea of Ministry success. More recently I’ve been doing some reflections particularly on 1 Cor 3:8. If God alone is the one who gives the numbers and makes people respond what then is there for me to do? If God is the one who decides, in […]Read More Rethinking the idea of success in ministry
Pornography is a billion dollar industry that is the scourge of society, destroying the lives of countless people along the way. Tragically and sadly, the Christian community is not immune to its reach. I’ve known and have seen key leaders fall from grace because of this and other sexually inappropriate behaviour. Not surprisingly there is […]Read More Dealing with Pornography – the missing link
It is a generally accepted assumption that once you have a theological degree you are fully qualified for full time ministry. In many ways I can understand why this is the case. In our Reformed Evangelical conviction our priority is the ministry of the Word and prayer. This is why we spend so much time […]Read More Why seminary study is important but not sufficient to prepare people for pastoral ministry.
I remember speaking to a young pastor who recently started at a new church. He had just been there for 6 months and was excited about the possibilities before him. He had ideas of what he wanted the church to be like. 2yrs later I caught up with him again and he was frustrated. He […]Read More Changing a church can often be like watching paint dry and that’s ok.