Why, How, What…

Why? How?  What? Why do we do the things we do in the way we do them? I wonder what the most important part of the question is?  Is it the things that we do?  Is it the way that we do them?  Or is it the why? For me the ‘why’ is the most Read More …

encouraging community

  I love when someone asks,”Can we do ….?”.  Mostly the answer is easy… YES!!!  (And why are you asking me? It’s YOUR church!) A Burns Supper… a family meal with poems, dancing, song and speeches.  And this is what it looked like.  150 people of all ages enjoying haggis, neeps and tatties, the talents Read More …

Night Church

For five minutes or a couple of hours on the first Sunday of the month people come and sit in a candlelit church. Sometimes it is the simplest idea that catches the imagination. Providing a place of sanctuary and stillness is one of the gifts the church can provide to a busy world full of Read More …

Playful Church

I’ve just spent a few days at college considering play and creativity in the context of church. I have lots of notes and thoughts, but the one that has stuck with me is about space to play and create art. Play is at the centre of creativity. Play is about trying things out.  It’s about Read More …

Could SOUP in your church change the world

Who else needs your space? My churches hosting co-working revelation got me thinking… Church halls have often been a hive of activity with anything from Boys’ Brigade to dance classes and slimming clubs. That’s all good. But who are you missing? How can you help your community to engage with each other and make things better? Read More …

Church as Co-working Space

I came across an article about church as a space for co-working yesterday. It was one of those moments when you think that something is so obvious you can’t believe everyone isn’t already doing it! We know that working patterns have changed.  Loads of people work from home now.  That’s great.  You don’t have to Read More …

What’s next?

Does church maintain the status quo?  We talk a good game about transformation and renewal but are we organisationally set up to avoid it? Broken Rhythms This isn’t a new question for me. I remember thinking about it when I was training for youth work at Jordanhill in 1991.  Apparently other people had been thinking Read More …