How do I Mobilise my Church?

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Does your church find it easy to share the good news? Dave Mann shares inspiration and ideas here.

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What does God think about Girls and Women?

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Sarah Harris unpacks how 1 Timothy 2 can be an empowering text for women in the church.

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Commander to the Commander, Apostle to the Apostles - God's Upside-Down Kingdom

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Jesus said the first would be last, the weak would be strong, and the best leaders are servants. These are part of the upside-down kingdom of God. There is another. God often chose women when human societies expected men. Beulah Wood takes a look at some of the female leaders of the Bible.

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Speaking Life into the World

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You only have to read a little about Jesus’ life to see his compassion for people and ability to bring about change in lives. Can we learn from this? Gary Colville considers this here.

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It's All About Restoration - Addressing Conflict In Church

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The church is God’s amazing gift to a needy world. But it’s populated by a whole heap of sinners, who may be forgiven and given opportunities for multiple new beginnings, but are nevertheless fallible sinners— actually just like me and maybe even you. And so from its very beginning, followers of Jesus seemingly on a Spirit-led journey, have fought with each other. Rodney Macann shares some biblical reflections on conflict resolution.

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Building Re-Creation into your Life: The Blessing of Sabbatical

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It may just be a psychological game that my mind and body plays on me, but like an athlete in a race who crashes over the finishing line, sabbaticals have always come at the right time for me. Craig Vernall shares his insights about sabbaticals.

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Seeing The Bible At Work

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When we ask not only "What does the Bible mean?" but also "What does it do?" we can see God at work as the Bible engages those who read and respond to it.

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On the way and in the fray

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Does 'being Baptist' have relevance today?

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Criticism in Christian Community

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Is there a place for criticism in Christian community and if so, where and how?

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Navigating The Road Well

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Church leadership can be demanding: the call of Christ plus real or perceived expectations from others and self can result in ‘hallowed hyper-activity.’ Seeking physical, emotional, spiritual and relational well-being is key to serving sustainably.

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Business CEO Or Welfare Professional?

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Strengthening the emotional resilience and sustainability of church leaders... for the long haul.

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When We Don't Know Where To Go

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The way God works can be a mystery. And it is in times when we are forced out of our depths, that we realise our need for God to show up. Eric Mailau of Urban Neighbours of Hope shares just one example of this.

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Whose Church are we Building?

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Do our perspectives about growing the church need some adjusting?

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A Legacy of Others

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Did you know that our gospel records could have looked very different if it wasn’t for the selfless leadership of Barnabas?

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We have a Story to Tell

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To lead well requires many attributes, skills and practice. But Christian leadership requires that we know love.

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Lawnmowers and Sacred Cows

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To receive praise is an affirmation. But leaders have a responsibility to handle this well, so as to remain tender before God. Craig Vernall reflects.

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Encouraging One Another through God’s Love

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I was born in a small village in Myanmar. I have eleven brothers and sisters and because of the size of our family and the cost of living, when I was six, my parents sent me to the Christian Boarding School with some of my brothers.

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Unpacking Difficult Scripture - Matthew 20: 1-16

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The man in Matthew 19 was young, rich and righteous. No doubt his place of honour in society made him the envy of other young men, perhaps even the envy of Jesus’ disciples. Is this why a parable about envy follows Jesus’ encounter with this man?

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Leading Meaningful Conversations

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Moving past the everyday conversations, to a place of spiritual depth.

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Five ways to Love your Pastor

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I have heard many Pastors describe working for a church as a ‘tough gig.’ Who would have thought? Why would it be difficult to be employed by the church? Surely churches should be the most thoughtful, gracious, generous and encouraging places in which to serve. After all, almost everyone in the place is a Christian. The entire set up is organised around Biblical insights. Everyone is committed to living and loving like Jesus. Who wouldn’t want to be a Pastor?

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Seizing the Moment

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We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10 New Living Translation).

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Reflections on a double life

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I think that as pastors (and all of us in fact), we need to be careful that we don’t become so immersed in church that we don’t see or maybe don’t want to see what God is doing in the world.

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Back to the Creed

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Over the past two years, while pastoring at Tauranga Central Baptist, I have had the privilege of baptising seven teenagers and young adults. I have struggled with the question of the amount and type of teaching that should take place before believers are baptised, especially those who have not been raised in church-going families.

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Pyramid Paradigms

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We are all shaped by the environments that we indwell and at times we need God to reshape our outlooks. Forty years in the desert tending sheep should be enough to change anyone’s outlook on life, right? A bit excessive? Well, maybe not.

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Empowering Strengths

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Blue Bradley shares his thoughts about leadership in God’s Kingdom (and a few other nuggets of gold along the way).

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