Church doesn’t have to be complicated. Mostly when people think of church, they think of the more complicated versions. Weekly Sunday services – with musicians and singers, a minister who prepares and preaches a sermon, pews and notices and morning tea and children’s programs – then of course youth groups, women’s groups, charity programs, small group networks…. and when you’ve done it one week you start organising the next one. Imagine starting a church like this! I know some people who have and it’s a huge process that requires a lot of time, vision, planning and clever, capable people, not to mention a pastor with serious credentials (ministry qualifications, years of experience etc). Most of us would never imagine that we could do something like this. Even many pastors, like myself.Details
Over the last couple of years I have been inspired many times over by the stories I am hearing of God working in new and fresh ways. More and more people are rethinking what it means to follow Jesus and be the church of Jesus in our communities. Not just in one denomination, but seemingly in…Details
Happy New Year! Here’s a short audio clip with some great insights from Steve about praying for our groups. The beginning of the year is a perfect time to set some healthy habits like this. Never underestimate the power of prayer.
I have some interesting conversations in my work as a highschool chaplain. Yesterday I had a good one with one of the teachers at school about cultural differences. It came about because she wanted to support the chaplaincy program by putting on a morning tea and inviting the other teachers. For me that would have…Details
There were many interesting and important discussions during my years studying theology, but the one I remember the most clearly was on the topic of church. Specifically, what makes a church a church? I figured I knew the answer to this question. I’d been to many churches in my life and knew how it all…Details
How long should a group go for? A year? 5 years? Most leaders don’t even consider this question. Usually we start a group and then expect that it will continue indefinitely, til death do us part. But there might be some benefits to having an end point. Have a listen to this short 7 min podcast to hear some of…Details
Last weekend our Pathway group decided to hold an ‘induction service’ for one of the group who was starting a new role as a minister with a local church organisation. In case you’re not sure what an induction is, it is simply a chance to stop and pray for people who have been called into ministry, and to ‘set them apart’ for that important work. It usually involves reading some relevant passages of the Bible, hearing about the specifics of this new role and then praying for a ‘blessing’ on this new minister.
That all seems like good stuff, however once we got to planning the day some uncomfortable thoughts began to emerge.Details
“I miss the village I never had. The one with mothers doing the washing side by side, clucking and laughing hysterically, tired in body but quick in spirit. We’d know each other so well: annoying one another from time to time, but never staying mad long because the truth is, we need each other.” Here’s…Details
OK, you’re a leader of a group, but there are other leaders out there. Have you ever thought about how you could connect and bless someone else? Here are some of Steve’s thoughts on this. And let us know some of the ways you’ve connected with other leaders. http://ourpathway.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/leaders-can-i-support-another-leader.mp3 To download this to listen to later,…Details
Here’s a small portion of an interview I found a while back. Mike Breen is a pastor who developed the LifeShapes material for spiritual growth, and it’s well worth checking out the ideas if you’re a church leader and haven’t heard of them before. I was interested in this little bit for what it said…Details