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 […]

A Pentecost Sermon

This is my sermon from today, Pentecost 2013, preached at Dunfermline United Reformed Church.  The readings the sermon is based on are Acts2:1-21 and John 14:8-17. As always, your comments and thoughts are very welcome.

recovery is possible

It is possible to recover. It’s amazing how far people will go to disprove this, how powerful our negative voice can be and how programmed for fear we are. This negative perspective can overwhelm our collective planning and conversation. We do two simple things that ensure we almost always have conversations about negative things. The […]

a holistic approach to recovery

A holistic view In this section I want to look at the Recovery Model then begin to work through it point by point in the posts that follow. I realise that for some people suggesting an organisation is mentally ill is a bit of a leap but I want to assure you all that I’m […]

a mentally unwell church

In my series on Missing Generations I wrote about some of the organisation difficulties the church is experiencing, some of which are caused by the ways different generations think about the church, abut change and about development.  We tinker around the edges of change because we have an underlying lack of confidence in who we […]

Missing Generations (part 7)

What’s missing today is a high-quality discourse on rethinking the design and evolution of the entire system from scratch. The quality of the results produced by any system depends on the quality of awareness from which the people in the system operate. (Otto Scharmer) Since writing the first batch of posts on Missing Generations I’ve […]

Missing Generations (part 4)

I’ve been one for 20 years. It began around 1989 when I completed the Boys’ Brigade’s King George IV officer cadet training and became a BB officer. I’ve worked with young people and the adults who work with them for all of my adult life.  Most of this work has been in a church context […]