Rethinking church and mission – What is the local church’s role?

Stephen Kneale kicked off some thinking about the local church and mission with few blog posts recently.[1]

Eddie Arthur has followed up with a post looking at what Mission Agencies can and in his experience do contribute.[2]

The fascinating thing is that in the follow on conversation there hasn’t really been much disagreement from the following propositions. Continue reading


Creation, Mission and Worship

Because we live in a good world which a good and purposeful God has made, this helps us to understand a little bit more about why we are here and what God has made us for.

The Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Confession of Faith asks the question

“What is the Chief end of Man?” and the correct response is “To glorify God and enjoy him forever.”

This answer is rooted in the story of Creation. If God is purposeful, then we have a purpose too and our purpose relates to him. Continue reading

The provocation

I’ve been posting a few articles around whether we make “both/and” or “either/or” decisions. Part of my reason for this is to help us think about how we make decisions which consider all possibilities.  This is an example of using a provocation to challenge assumptions. Continue reading

Both/And: Types of Worker

Jim Collins famously states in Good to Great that leaders should prioritise getting the people they want in their team on the bus first and then work out which seats they should sit in. In other words, look at character, competence and chemistry, build a team with the right people and then assign detailed roles. Continue reading

“Either/Or” is a strategic decision

I’ve been talking a little recently about what you do when you have two things you need to do that have the same priority. We can very quickly get pushed into making an “Either/Or” decision when in fact, we need to and can do “both/and”. Continue reading

Do I have to choose? Both/and V either/or (part 3)

“It’s all well and good saying that you need to do ‘both and’” you say. But what about when we can’t afford to do both and. It will cost more money than we have, it will take more time than we have.  That of course is where you plan and prioritise. But you are not prioritising one thing over another in terms of necessity, you are looking at the order in which you are going to get things done.  Here are some thoughts to help. Continue reading