The previous article gave some data on how people came to us over the past 8 years. The other side of the coin is that people are leaving at different times. Continue reading
I was just having a look at the different routes by which people found there way to us over the past 8 years. The headlines are: Continue reading
I mean specifically visitors who come to see you as a one off not people who are looking to join you. I’m also not talking here about people popping in whilst on holiday or church tourists having a break from their own church. Rather, I mean specifically where someone has intentionally come to spend some planned time with you in order that you can learn from each other. Continue reading
Last week, we talked about the pressures that we face which might discourage and even overwhelm us. We saw that the churches, John was writing to were under intense pressure too. They were the minority in a cruel, Godless empire. They faced opposition and persecution. We will see some of that this week.
However, you know, often the greatest pressure that causes discouragement, despondency and even suffering does not come from the outside but the inside. How many people have experienced tearful, sleepless nights because of what was said to them by another believer or the fall out at the church meeting? How many have ended up just drifting along aimlessly due to a lack of good teaching and discipleship. How many have ended up burnt out and given up because of bullying in the church (and you know, sometimes that’s because of overbearing leaders but sometimes it because of bullying members who oppose leaders because they see their own status threatened). Continue reading