How we relate to leaders

We’ve taken time in recent posts to show that leadership is not about hierarchy, inner circles, power or control. Leaders are not to Lord it over the church, nor to rely on their position or charisma to push things through. Church leadership should not be authoritarian.  Leaders and teachers are gifts to the church and so we should focus on being gifts rather than on status and titles (cf Ephesians 4:11). Continue reading

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Male and Female He created them

“Why are all the elders in your church male?” This is a question that you will get if you are complementarian.  I have written on what I believe the Bible teaches on male and female relationships in the home and in the church in two e-books available from our publications page: Continue reading

Do I have to choose? Both and v either or

You have got two – or even three – different urgent priorities. All are important, all are worth doing. Which do you choose?

Common wisdom says you have to prioritise. However,  there is a good argument for doing all of them. Why do I say that?  Continue reading

Paul’s “Women Problem” and #churchtoo (Part 2)

The question we started to answer was this: “What do we do with 1 Timothy 2:15? How does it fit with Paul’s theology?”

1 Timothy 2:15 says:

15 But women will be saved through childbearing,  assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty

To answer the question, we really need to answer 3 questions.

  1. What is Paul’s overall Theology?
  2. What exactly is Paul saying in 1 Timothy 2? How does verse 15 fit into the context?
  3. What exactly does 1 Timothy 2:15 mean?

In this article we are going to look at Paul’s theology. Continue reading

What is the church?

In his book “Sojourners and Strangers” Gregg Allison argues that before we describe The Church “functionally” (what it is there to do), we need to describe it “ontologically” (what it is).

I wonder

1.       How we would describe what the church is?”

2.       How this might affect our approach to church life? Continue reading

Leadership jottings – Systems thinking and process improvement

A good leader has a “systems” mind.  By systems I don’t necessarily mean “IT.” Rather, every organisation functions as a system with inputs, processes and outputs. A good leader has an eye on the whole system. This enables them to be proactive in spotting and responding to potential problems rather than just fire-fighting. Continue reading

What kind of leader?

In a democracy, we use elections to choose our leaders. This means that the questions we ask are not just about parties, ideologies and policies. We want to choose the right people and so character is important. In a General Election, there is a double decision to make. We vote for a specific candidate and we will want to think about their suitability but we also know that our local decision will affect the national picture and who eventually becomes Prime minister.

In this article, we look at the characteristics that God looks for in a leader. We are going to do this by looking at Deuteronomy 18. We need to be careful in handling this passage because first and foremost this is about the leaders that God chose for his people Israel. This means that we won’t want to just apply it straight to a modern secular state. However, I think there are some helpful principles here. Continue reading