The Reality Gap (part I: what is the Reality Gap)

  HI there, I’m Benjamin Conway, and I am the pastor of Tree of Life Church – we meet currently in three locations across England every Sunday and we are looking to increase that rapidly! This is our blog for leaders and church leaders.  Our blog on church life is called http://www.treeoflifeblog.com and you areContinue reading “The Reality Gap (part I: what is the Reality Gap)”

Planning Your Preaching (Benjamin Conway)

Planning Your Preaching! One of the things that I often get asked is “how can I preach better?” or “how can I preach with a better response or better results?”  The fact is that preaching the gospel is the power of God – that’s how people get saved, get healed, get transformed.  Preaching is one ofContinue reading “Planning Your Preaching (Benjamin Conway)”

Overcoming the Mundane (or: Ministry can be boring, get over it!)

  One of the things that happens when you become a pastor or leader, especially when you go full time, is that the things of God can become mundane.  When you see the sick healed every weekend, the novelty wears off.   When you do church every week, and a couple of new people comeContinue reading “Overcoming the Mundane (or: Ministry can be boring, get over it!)”

Assimilation

  No – we are not talking about my favourite Star Trek baddie, the Borg.  We are talking about the process that must be in place for making new people feel welcome when they visit a Sunday service.  In the Tree, we call that process “assimilation” – people moving from coming to a church serviceContinue reading “Assimilation”

You Need People Who Believe in Your Dreams!

Every single human needs someone in their life who dreams big for them and isn’t intimidated or nervous if they succeed in abundance.  You need someone who loves you and knows you can make – and tells you face to face. We all need someone with flesh and blood to tell us on the outsideContinue reading “You Need People Who Believe in Your Dreams!”

What Do You Want? (part 1)

I am a grace man. Truly I am. All I want is the world to know about His grace and the complete work. However, when dealing with pastors who want to leave all church growth to God I get wound up.  I seriously want to spit bricks.  The United Kingdom is in too much ofContinue reading “What Do You Want? (part 1)”

Do Yourself a Favour!

It’s Easter Sunday tomorrow.   That is the single most important day of your calendar as a pastor and leader. People will come to church who have never been before or only been occasionally. There are many things you could do to make this service great.  Advertise, encourage people to invite friends, plan a newContinue reading “Do Yourself a Favour!”

Spirit Filled

It’s not enough for one man to be Spirit filled and flowing in the gifts. It’s not enough for there to be a man of God to come to and bring people to when emergencies and problems arise. The fivefold ministry must return to its Biblical purpose and mandate and equip people to minister and serveContinue reading “Spirit Filled”