Role of the Pastor 2: Comfort

Psalm 23 says “The Lord is my shepherd… your rod and your staff they comfort me”.  A shepherd is responsible for comforting the sheep.  I’ve heard pastors say “I’m not here to make you comfortable” which is true in one sense, but at the same time a pastor – a shepherd – is there toContinue reading “Role of the Pastor 2: Comfort”

5 Things I Want to Tell Everyone About to Pastor

5.  Work hard.  Don’t be that guy who is last to church, preaches, let’s everyone else take the slack, ducks out early.  Seriously – just don’t.  People will tell you pastoring is hard work, and it is – but don’t become a prima donna.  Get in there and help set up the sound desk, stayContinue reading “5 Things I Want to Tell Everyone About to Pastor”

10 Great Quotes on Leadership

10 Great Quotes on Leadership 10. You manage things; you lead people. —Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper 9. The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. —Max DePree 8. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. —WarrenContinue reading “10 Great Quotes on Leadership”

5 Ways to Grow Your Church in 2014

  I am currently – yes, on New Year’s Day – completing our church’s charity return for 2011-2012.  I am currently compiling data from December 2011, which is two whole years ago.  We are now running at 3 times as many people, 4 times as much income, and 5 times as many volunteers.  That’s notContinue reading “5 Ways to Grow Your Church in 2014”

10 Reasons You Should Be at our Christmas Carol Service This Sunday

10.  Because Chris ‘n’ Von, that’s why (see http://www.chrisandvon.com for more info) 9. You could win a soup bowl set in an amazing raffle that is free to enter (you could also win a tablet computer) 8. Because Santa is paying us a visit – on a supersleigh 7. Because Christmas is full of eventsContinue reading “10 Reasons You Should Be at our Christmas Carol Service This Sunday”

Loyalty 8: Signs of Disloyalty 5 – the Backstab

This is the final posting on signs of disloyalty, but there will be a couple more posts on the concepts and the importance of loyalty coming up!  My name is Benjamin Conway, and I pastor the Tree of Life Church, and you are going to have a great time reading this blog! So far weContinue reading “Loyalty 8: Signs of Disloyalty 5 – the Backstab”

Loyalty 7: Signs of Disloyalty 4: POLITICS!

The next stage of disloyalty after turning critical is turning political.  Political people damage a church and need to be handled carefully and firmly.  You know when you are boiling a kettle, before it boils over you see and hear the steam escaping.  That is the political stage – it doesn’t boil over yet, butContinue reading “Loyalty 7: Signs of Disloyalty 4: POLITICS!”

Making Great Relationships – A Key to Fulfilling Your Destiny

Hi there, my name is Benjamin Conway and I am the pastor of Tree of Life Church, and the founder of the Tree of Life Network.  Every week I pen a Bible study for our elders to use in their homes to disciple and lead people into walking in their dreams.  This week I feltContinue reading “Making Great Relationships – A Key to Fulfilling Your Destiny”

Loyalty 6… Signs of Disloyalty 3: Criticism

Hi there, my name is Benjamin Conway, and I am the pastor of Tree of Life Church in Dagenham.  We are currently looking at the topic of Loyalty – something you need to cultivate as a leader.  As soon as someone gets to the passive stage of disloyalty (stage 2, as discussed here), you needContinue reading “Loyalty 6… Signs of Disloyalty 3: Criticism”