I hate it when people start talking about ‘passing on the baton’ to the next generation! I’m not doing it. It’s not that I don’t love ‘em and it’s not that I’m insecure, but I’m simply not going there. The only place I can see that happening in scripture is when someone’s about to die! I’m not planning on it so I’m not performing the ultimate plan for it.
What does the church in the 21st century look like? Many are looking for the answer and searching to re-invent church to make it both potent and relevant to our world.
Not everyone in church life is in the Premier League. There are many who play outside of that league. Churches are filled with people who play in the Championship League, League 1, League 2 and a big number that only play in the pub leagues on Sundays. Dave Gilpin explains his findings.
In America, if you want a sure fire way of winning on the stock market, stay at home and watch golf on the TV. The analysts have figured out that every time Tiger Woods plays in his home country, share prices soar the following day.
Entertainment has always been associated with either the superficial side of Christian living or the downright worldly side but it is never officially associated with serious Christian living. We all crave entertainment, but, alongside charisma, money and creativity, it’s been sabotaged by the spirit of religion and made to pay a debt it did not owe.
Learn how to master the art of Culture Creation for growth in your church. After almost 20 years in full time ministry, Dave Gilpin gets angry at the colour that dominates the Christian sky-line…’beige’.
If someone asked you what the vision of your church is, would you reply with goals and statistics, or with the type of person you’re looking to see emerge? Dave Gilpin investigates the pressures leaders are under to fabricate vision in order to fulfil the profile of a ‘visionary’ leader.
There’s a cult of perfection out there. There’s an idea that to walk with Jesus is to never fail, never experience increasing trials and never bleed one drop of blood. Dave Gilpin begs to differ.
Most people get saved or get serious between the ages of 15 and 25. Every church that has a genuine desire for growth, ought to fully resource that area of church life.
“Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” They ought to be! Your ability to see your future should be greater than your ability to accomplish it. Dave Gilpin takes some hear’ say phrases and looks at the leadership truths behind them.
Exhausted that’s good! Exhaustion has appeared on the stage of ministry as an unwelcome intruder. To be worn out, whacked out, worked up and wrung out seems to be bad news. Or is it?
Most preachers are too intense for the 21st century. Don’t get me wrong. They’re good – very good – but stodgy, oh so stodgy! Dave Gilpin looks at how to bring out the funny side of your leadership.
Dave Gilpin carefully selects only a handful of things that annoy him about the ministry! Preached at Christian City Church’s European Conference (C3i), Dave spends time emphasising the difference between his own expectations of the ministry and the reality of the ministry.
Dave Gilpin looks at what he’s looking for in a ground breaking movement set to influence the United Kingdom. In this article, he looks at five non negotiables that must be in place to stop movements and denominations treading water and become ‘one hit wonders’.
Dave Gilpin explains in no uncertain terms why he’s not going to be passing the baton on to the next generation. In fact, he states that if you want to demobilise half of the church – keep using relay race analogies!