Dealing With Worry 01: What is Worry?

Welcome to the Dream Academy. We are here to help you walk in your dreams through motivation, teaching, inspiration and challenge. Today is #teachingtuesday, and we are going to start a series on dealing with worry. Worry is one of the biggest dream-killers that exists. You need to learn how to identify and deal withContinue reading “Dealing With Worry 01: What is Worry?”

Role of the Pastor 6: Training

Part of your role is training the sheep.  You will be loved for feeding them, and hated for training them.  You are responsible for training the sheep to embrace and understand the culture of your church, how to behave at church, and how to live the Christian life.  The worst pastors are the pastors thatContinue reading “Role of the Pastor 6: Training”

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”

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”

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”

Loyalty 4: Recognizing Seeds of Disloyalty I

It is difficult to tell who will be loyal and who will stab you into the back.  Sometimes someone will swear blind they don’t know then go on to be your best leader (like Peter), others you give all the jobs to and they then are the ones who betray you (Judas).  However, there areContinue reading “Loyalty 4: Recognizing Seeds of Disloyalty I”

Loyalty 3: An Analysis of Loyalty

To read part 1 of this series, click here.To read part 2 of this series, click here. So far, we have discussed how to stay loyal, how to engender loyalty and that loyalty truly is the number one component to a successful ministry.  Today we are going to focus on the quality of loyalty –Continue reading “Loyalty 3: An Analysis of Loyalty”