The Power of Saying No

As a church leader, I find myself getting invited to all kinds of different things: City-wide church prayer meetings, leadership gatherings, both local and city-wide, and many, many assorted types of conferences. Conferences on prayer, how to lead well, how to plant churches, apologetics, the list goes on. There are also para-church organisations that want... Continue Reading →

Handling Change

What are you like at making up your mind? I think I’m pretty good at it. Need to go left or right? Go left. Need to take the stairs or the lift, take the lift. Relax and watch telly or go for a run? Go for a run! Not really ... I’d probably choose to... Continue Reading →

Calibrate

I’ve been teaching and preaching in church for over 10 years now. I remember the very first time I was asked to preach in front of a crowd. I was on a short placement at a church in Yorkshire, while attending a Bible college in the Midlands, around 2004. I’d been a Christian for about... Continue Reading →

‘Honest to God’

A podcast conversation with Mark PeaseA number of months ago I recorded a conversation about life and leadership with Mark Pease for his new podcast, 'Honest to God'. Here is a link to that podcast and I hope it encourages you, especially if you are involved in local church leadership. anchor.fm/mark-pease/episodes/Episode-3---The-one-where-we-cant-stop-apologising-Mark-Kelly-e4j39t/a-aijsfk

“Plays Well With Others.”

In years gone by, I’ve generally been the first person to jump into a team building game. You know the kind, ”We need all 15 of you to get from this side of the room to the other, you can’t touch the floor, you have use of only three drinking straws and a cup, GO!” I’d give it... Continue Reading →

Dreaming of a Perfect Church (Part #3)

John 12:25 25 “The person who loves his life and pampers himself will miss true life! But the one who detaches his life from this world and abandons himself to Me, will find true life and enjoy it forever! In this passage from Scripture, Jesus is telling the crowd that following Him requires dying to ourselves or... Continue Reading →

Dreaming of a Perfect Church (Part #2)

Before I became a Christian, I didn’t know what Church, represented by the local church, looked like at all. Maybe I had a vague impression, though to be honest, Church as far as I was concerned was just a typical church building, I didn’t even get into the theology of it being a people! This... Continue Reading →

Dreaming of a Perfect Church (Part #1)

What’s your vision of a perfect local church? Do you have, or could you easily develop a specific vision for your ideal church’s architecture, it’s membership requirements, the worship style, community life, and all that. Does any of what you're thinking about look like the local church you may be attending right now? I think... Continue Reading →

God’s 24/7 Community

It's good to remind ourselves sometimes that Church is not just a Sunday service! Church is also all of these: A family of believers expressing the presence of God through gathering together, a shared relationship and outreach to others. A people of God, who share the same covenant through the blood of Jesus. A community... Continue Reading →

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