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A pastor velcroes people together image
A pastor velcroes people together

A great metaphor for ministry: A shepherd is one who “velcroes” people together, as it were, so that they can pastor one another. The role of the pastor is to connect undisciplined people with disciplined ones so that they learn how to discipline themselves. It is to connect those who

Hospitality doesn’t mean open-home image
Hospitality doesn’t mean open-home

  Contrary to popular belief, this qualification doesn’t mean that the pastor and his wife should have potlucks at their house for all the people in their church. Nor does it mean that pastor’s homes should be a revolving door for people in the church to come and

Every would-be church planter should do adopt-a-block image
Every would-be church planter should do adopt-a-block

So says Andrew Heard in this video of when/if you should get assessed: When should you be assessed? from Geneva Push on Vimeo. It gives you experience in mission, it tests whether you have a public-service or self-starter mentality to ministry and you might see conversions!  

Staff meeting transition: from TODOs to reports image
Staff meeting transition: from TODOs to reports

At some point you’ve got to move your leadership meetings beyond talking through every decision and action together. You’ve got to move away from the leader keeping track of everyone else’s jobs.One way to make this shift is to stop team meetings from tracking TODOs. Instead

What even ARE ‘Pauline Teams’ and what do they DO? image
What even ARE ‘Pauline Teams’ and what do they DO?

A fellow leader of the Vision 100 network here in Tassie, Brian Vaatstra, has blogged about the importance of ‘Pauline Teams’ for the future growth and speed of church planting efforts. He writes: I believe that structurally, what our movement needs is the implementation of ‘Pauline Teams’, along the line of

First Year Contacts is a waste of time image
First Year Contacts is a waste of time

I’ve just tidied up our databases. Removed over 100 dead names. Slashed from a database of 200+ names to 90 names. Now some of these are hangovers from before I took over the ministry. That’s fine. But I suspected many were from our O Week contacts. So I went back through

N+1: Setting up for the church meeting image
N+1: Setting up for the church meeting

I blogged a while ago about N+1. Here’s a great example. Have you ever complained about how ugly your church’s venue is? Maybe do a half-hearted effort decorating a little? A pretty image on the overhead projector screen? Ever had your ushers and setup people complain about how

I’m buying some DVD courses image
I’m buying some DVD courses

I’ve never used them before. Used Introducing God once. I’ve never been bothered. Seems too complicated. Set up AV, order participant booklets. When I was with church, I’d rather focus our mission efforts around live evangelistic sermons and interactive Bible studies. I just didn’t see why

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