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Time to Rethink your Church Website?

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace … (Colossians 4:5,6 NIV) Our website is our most easily accessed 24/7 communication face to the world. Are we being wise in our use of it? It is obvious that the gap between Christianity and contemporary culture is growing wider. So there is more and more possibility that people who do not have a Christian understanding, when they overhear Christians talking to each other [as in sermons], will misunderstand the significance of what Christians say, and be...

Longevity: Playing the Long Game in Ministry

Many pastors, particularly newbies, have a noble aspiration to stay long term in a church. I think it is safe to say that most of us know the value of serving long-term in one place. It gives us the privilege of journeying with people as they travel through different seasons of life—something not possible with short-sprint ministries. It also provides the opportunity to bring about deep and long-lasting change in a church. For many of us, long-term ministry is a dream that turns into a nightmare. Then the harsh realities of pastoral ministry hit us like a speeding freight train....

Conferences – Jewels, Junk and Junkies

In WA, the Perth Gospel Partnership recently ran our 2 day Annual Conference for Christian leaders—church pastors, ministry leaders and would-be pastors. I would like to offer some reflections on the value of pastors’ conferences. But ‘truth-in-advertising’—I was one of the organisers and MCs of the conference so I do not have a disinterested perspective. It was a two-day non-residential conference with about 180 people, hosted by a local Baptist church (building and catering). Attenders were almost all connected to the PGP (the WA Chapter of TGCA), the majority of whom are employed in various forms of church or para-church...

Concerns with Complementarianism Today

The belief that God made men and women equal in value and dignity, and distinctive in certain responsibilities and roles, is a conviction which has historically been the normal position and practice of the church across the world. However, in recent decades, this complementarian position has become a storm centre. Some of that debate comes from changes in our wider society which have pressured and challenged the church. There has also been much debate within the church. We want to please and honour God, but that means knowing God’s will for a situation. So, understandably, we ask, “What does complementarianism...

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