Who, us? We could not possibly plant a church

This weekend our little church is commissioning a family to go and plant a church 300km away. We can’t afford to do this. Not them – two of our best leaders, best givers, and best friends. Not now – as we’re still recovering from two other recent plants and as two of our interns also leave to become pastors elsewhere. Not us – a little church of perhaps 50 on a Sunday. What are we thinking?! Well, I’ll tell you. (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…)

Church Planting: Western Style

We are experiencing unprecedented population growth and prosperity in Western Australia. God is putting a great opportunity before us. In the words of CJ Tinsley, “We must evangelise or fossilize, we must become a mission force or a mission field.” (more…)