Thinking about men

Over the past few days I’ve been thinking about men.  A lot. That’s not something I do very often.  It’s also something that people in churches don’t do enough of. This consideration of the male of the species was as part of my training for ministry and was hugely challenging. To get us thinking we Read More …

writing about writing

When I don’t write often I find it hard to write often. Does that make sense? Writing is a habit.  It takes practice and persistence.  At least that’s what I find. I’ve been a bit out of practice recently.  I tell myself I’ve been busy, and that’s true, but it’s not an excuse.  Not really. Read More …

Spill the Beans 10

Spill The Beans Issue 10 is now available for download, and takes us from 1 December to 2 March 2014, encompassing Advent, Christmas, Epiphany all the way to the Transfiguration. Over the season of Advent we focus on the bible passages from the prophets, before turning to the gospel readings for the remainder of this Read More …

Spill The Beans Conference

The big, long awaited Spill the Beans Conference is just around the corner!  Come and find out more about Spill the Beans, how it works, why it works and how you can use it in your church. Saturday 31st August Wellington Church on University Avenue, Glasgow. 10am – 4pm Cost £8 (includes lunch)  for application Read More …

Follow me… Why should I?

We follow those who lead, not for them, but for ourselves. (Simon Sinek) In his TED talk Simon Sinek tells why the ‘why’ is important. Much more important than the ‘what’ or the ‘how’. I work for a Church. I think my job is about the ‘why’ but very often it has little to do Read More …

Recovery in the Church – from here to where?

I’ve been thinking a bit more about the Recovery Model as a helpful tool for churches. In this post I will consider three of the elements, that recovery: is a journey rather than a destination does not necessarily mean getting back to where you were before happens in ‘fits and starts’ and, like life, has Read More …

redefining success

“In the west, we encourage goal setting. In fact, we’re obsessed with goals – that end point we are striving so hard to reach. We jump through hoop after hoop, stepping-stone after stepping-stone, sacrificing everything just to get to that finish line. But once we get there, we realize our thinking was flawed. Now we’re unhappy Read More …