Pioneering Imperative

Yesterday was a milestone day at New Vine Baptist Church. For the first time we gathered the staff of our three congregations together for ministry to God and to each other. Later in the day we asked ourselves the question, “What is it going to take to grow into a network of 20 ‘New Vine-y’ churches in the next dozen years?”  (more…)

The antidote to ‘ennut’

Every now and then to impress people I slip in a Latin or French expression. My favourite is a little French word ennui, pronounced ‘ahn-wee’. It describes a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from lack of interest. In other words: boredom. I’ve experienced this state of being at times and I don’t think I’m on my own. I’ve always detected that a not insignificant part of all the congregations I’ve been in, to be suffering from this sense of boredom. On every Sunday morning that I preach, without fail, there are people asleep before I’ve even started my opening lame joke! (I feel comforted by people asleep before I’ve started rather than afterwards.)  (more…)