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“A generation of Christians reared among push buttons and automatic machines is impatient of slower and less direct methods of reaching their goals. We have been trying to apply machine-age methods to our relations with God. We read our chapter, have our short devotions, and rush away, hoping to make up for our deep inward......
Last night I was messaged with a link to a news item on Premier.  The headline is “Sunday’s can be devastating for church leaders” and the piece is written by Sam Hailes. It appears Sam is quoting from Steve as he spoke at a dinner promoting his up coming seminar for church leaders on management and......
Employing someone to lead childrens, youth, family work in the local church and community is a big commitment – to the successful applicant, the church, the children and young people you are already working with, families and the local community.  It needs to be taken seriously, it should not be undertaken as an experiment .......
I have often been asked about stats related to children’s, youth and family ministry – sometimes they are hard to find or ambiguous, or just er, made up!  So, I have pulled together what I consider to be the most reliable stuff (and these are all based on UK research). Some of these are self......
Lead Yourself – Nobody Else Will. I have been working since 1986.  That is 29 years so far.  The best boss I have ever worked for was a Lt Col. in the army back in the early 90s.  I was an idiot.  This guy, John Powell was his name, picked me up and worked with......
This post is not about the expectations of a 12 year old joining a youth ministry programme.  This post is about our expectations as those leading youth ministry of 12 year olds. What will they do?  What do they know?  Will they hack it after “just” being on the receiving end of children’s ministry? We......
Ethos, Pathos and Logos. We have Aristotle to thank for these.  The art of rhetoric is not new or recent and goes right back to ancient Greece.  The challenge when thinking about these three keys and public speaking is they are all about persuasion.  Bringing people round to a way of thinking or challenging beliefs......
Ever heard that phrase, “mountain top experience”?  I don’t know if it is directly linked to the transfiguration of Jesus (on a mountain) and the experience of those who witnessed it . . . but, there are a few things I have been reflecting on – from that story and also from Jesus’ discussion with......