Hello! Welcome to the very first blog from me on davegilpin.com. It’s always good when you start something new – I’ve just got to make sure that it stays well out of the rhetoric that pastors and leaders find themselves droning on with when they lose their spark!
Dave Gilpin believes that the healing revival in Lakeland, Florida could be making people a little less well rather than making them better! In this controversial article he looks at the supersizing of the Christian faith and the health risks it poses.
Sometimes men are able to feel wrong simply for being a man! This podcast sees Dave Gilpin playing in defense of the male species. He looks at everything from the top ten things you’ll never hear a man say to the reason that men are always wrong and women are always wrong!
When things are financially tight in church life, or even in your personal life, it could be a sign that you’re actually smack bang in the middle of God’s will. Sometimes we just need a jolt. Our propensity for routine and familiarity slowly leads us away from noticing changes in season and changes in the mind of the Holy Spirit. When forced to really hear what the Spirit is saying we finally wake up and move out into new territory in God.
Within everyone’s mind are cities of habit, trains of thought, fields of dreams and the occasional floods of emotion. Dave Gilpin sets out to map the mind and explain why we think and act the way we do.
Not everyone in church life is in the Premier 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.
New volunteers and staff members that are seconded to be a part of a dynamic and effective team in the life of your church often go through seven stages before the ‘Team Thing’ really clicks and the authority of God really emerges.
You can’t stop people leaving your church. You can try to minimise it by more effective care and discipleship, but you can’t stop it.
Sometimes men are able to feel wrong simply for being a man! In his latest book Dave looks at everything from the top ten things you’ll never hear a man say to the reason that men are always wrong and women are always wrong!
If great teamwork holds the key to a great future, how does one go about creating the ideal team? Why is it that the team we have varies greatly from the team we want!
Everyone needs a critic. I’ve done a lot of stuff that I have thought at the time was brilliant only to return to it a few months later to realise it wasn’t as brilliant as I thought it was. It’s a human foible to believe too much in our personal ability to hold both details and perspective accurately at the same time. Everyone needs a second pair of eyes!
Most Christians think that failure is a bad thing. I beg to differ. Why is it that we spell faith as R.I.S.K.? If by faith we can order mountains to rocket off into the distance, why have there been whole mountain ranges that just haven’t budged, even when we’ve been full of faith!
Is heaven more fun than your church? Cheekiness is to have fun with social boundaries and to overstep certain parameters with a twinkle in the eye. Cheekiness is ‘naughty’, but, in the words of Paul de Jong from Christian Life Centre in Auckland, naughty but not ‘naughty naughty.’
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!