Loyalty (part 2) Fully Persuaded

Last week we discussed loyalty and how to maintain loyalty in a church or organization.  Today I want to continue that thought by discussing something called “fully persuaded”.   I think most people have realized that to be a leader means to be accused.   If you are in leadership, the only way to stop them talkingContinue reading “Loyalty (part 2) Fully Persuaded”

Loyalty (part 1)

One of the most important keys in living a successful life is learning the principles behind loyalty. We live in a generation which has largely forgotten the principles of loyalty – and therefore has forgotten the keys to qualification to success.  In a day in which people denigrate local churches, rebel against legitimate authority andContinue reading “Loyalty (part 1)”

The Reality Gap (part II: the danger of Idealism)

Ever been to a perfect church?  Ever heard a perfect sermon?  Ever been in a perfect time of worship?  Ever received a perfect offering?  Ever had a perfect leader’s meeting? I doubt it.   Nothing done on earth is perfect.  You might as well admit it as the evidence is totally in your face screamingContinue reading “The Reality Gap (part II: the danger of Idealism)”

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)”

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!”

Social Media

One of the key facets of planting a church is social media.  We have a very tight social media strategy that involves key posts every day of the week. On Monday, we celebrate the weekend.  If people are becoming Christians, getting healed, or have stories of how God has helped them, then that is shared.Continue reading “Social Media”