Category: "Blog"

The Bench – my greatest mistake in ministry was to remove it

Traditionally if you want to mobilise the church, you encourage people to get off the stands and get onto the field – to stop being spectators and start becoming participants of the greatest game in history – the rise of God’s Church in the 21st Century.
Yet, there’s a little place that’s rarely talked about, rarely noticed and rarely appreciated by either players or spectators – it’s called THE BENCH.

Dear 2009, I’m Leaving…

A personal letter from Dave Gilpin to 2009! Written at the start of 2010, he’s determined to live in the present – not the past. God’s ‘good perfect and pleasing will’ for this year, not according to last year’s experiences but God’s fresh grace and provision. Here goes…!

The Postal Strike Hits Again (Music Video)

Daves latest preching series called ‘The Postman’ which looks at the Holy Spirit being likened to a postman has come under threat through the lastest postal strikes. Dave understands that some of the post is now being delievered by a white van men right accross the country… So he’s written a song about it… it’s called ‘White Van Man’. It’s all about the Holy Spirit delivering little parcels of faith, hope and love through the letterbox of our hearts!

My God Story – the little beginnings of a faith life!

I admit it – at times I exhibit juvenile behaviour! Christmas has always been a favourite time of mine to relax, step out of the box and do some really silly things. As a minister, you have to be pretty grown up and pretty responsible most of the time, so on Christmas day, for many a year at around 2.30 in the afternoon, myself and my former associate pastor used to start giggling like two naughty school boys as we organised ourselves to make silly calls to members of the congregations who could possibly take a joke!

Live Painting – Social Commentary

Dave Gilpin paints and talks about his changing heart, politicians, Katie Price and the world in which we live.

Fly on the Wall – Editing HopeCityTV

Each week Pastor Dave and some of his team have a live debate on current office dilemma It will give you a real life look in on the staff and workings of Hope City Church? Amusing and hopefully insightful. If you have any thoughts to add to the discussions –

Read more

Live Painting – Introduction

Dave Gilpin paints live and talks about how he started painting and how most people’s paint sets (or gifts) lie in cupboard somewhere in their lives. It’s time to get them out and splash them on the canvas of our lives.

I’d Rather Be An Artist Than An Art Critic

Dave shares some of the wisdom of his recent messages preached at Hope City Church. From vision to practical issues, the weekly blog will keep you in touch with all that’s going on in Dave’s mind.

Fly On The Wall – Mr Fix It

After last weeks debate on the future blogging style of Dave’s videos, some of his team have been reassembled for the latest Hope City Office dilemma based on the cost of employing heart before skill. This time it is in the case of our maintenance team. We do appreciate them and want to publically thank them for all their hard work!

Dave Gilpin’s Blog

I’m so looking forward to having you all at the BLink Leadership Summit in only a short time now! For so many, it’s the best thing they go to because it’s one of the rare round table conferences that looks at the engine room of church life in the company of pastors and their core tem only – book in today – you’ll love it!!

Fly on the Wall – Future Blogging…

Dave and some of his team have try and work out the future of his video blog… Should it be short insights into Dave’s lastet revelations and thoughts on church life or a live look into the workings of Hope City Church? Amuzing and at times ironic. If you have any thoughts on the matter – let us know…

‘Fullness of Christ’ HD Music video

The amazing new debut worship album from Hope City Church is designed to help you in your devotional life by providing an inspiring yet chilled blend of both music and song. This is the brand new video for ‘Fullness of Christ’. I think you’ll love it!

The Humility Challenge

Dave continues with his theme of ‘Humility’. It is an essential key to becoming like Christ and to our future. God needs to teach, train and equip us but pride often stands in the way. Often you find yourself in a position where people seem to rise up to oppose you – Dave argues that God allows them to frustrate or hinder you in order to cause us to humble ourselves. God gives grace to the humbe so surely we neeed to grow in the attributes of humility – not pride.

The Four Faces Of A Champion Church

Dave Gilpin talks to leaders on how to choose to look through the four faces of a champion church including: The Face of an Eagle – I See, The Face of an Ox – I Can, The Face of a Lion – I Will and The Face of a Man – I Trust. It’s time to out on your champion outfit for the great things ahead.

Unpacking Faith Living

In the week following Hope CIty Church’s incredible First Fruits Sunday – Dave Gilpin looks at living the faith life. There is always something else to be believing God for. When God’s resources are unlimited there is always more to be tapped into – according to our faith, be it unto us! it’s according to faith though so don’t be snooting around someone else’s well. Dig your own!