Most of us get threatened from time to time over the growth of someone else’s church. To ease the pressure, we often ‘box off’ the other church by labelling it with a connotation that could mean underhanded leadership or easy believerism!
There is a rule that churches and their leaders are constantly trying to break – it’s the 80/20 rule. Good luck! I believe that it’s a universal rule and has never been broken in business, colleges or voluntary organisations anywhere in the world – ever! And it’s not about to be broken now by you!
Why is it that some people who used to paint the town red now spend their time painting their church beige? God hates beige. There’s an enemy lurking around your back door and his name is ‘average’.
Many of the miracles that are publicly testified to in church life are wilderness miracles. Shoes that never wear out, food that simply arrives at the door, and unusual signs in the heavenlies are all things to which we give God all of the glory, but is that the high ground of the miraculous or simply the nursery slopes of the miraculous that God has in store for our lives?
The central aim of every leader isn’t just to get vision, but to transfer the vision to the hearts of the people. If the leader’s vision becomes every person’s vision, the achievement levels will break all records. Vision creation is vital, but vision transfer is essential.
When you come into leadership, there is plenty of wisdom available though not always necessarily true. Dave Gilpin looks at some commonly known nuggets of wisdom and gets the real truth out of them.
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.
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.
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?