Social Styles – comfortable roles in church

It is more than a month since my last post in the long-running Social Styles series. I am not sure if anyone is interested in the rest of this other than me, but hey whats stopping me wittering on about this a bit before I go on haitus. Incidently, you will notice a couple of visiting bloggers around these parts in the next little while- I hope you enjoy them!In my last post I showed how the social styles could in some ways reflect the 4 gospels. It is interesting to consider what types of … [Read more...]

The Passion that will change the world (Acts 20)

This morning I preached a sermon entitled "The Passion that will change the world" based on Acts 20 and 1 John 5: 13. It was used of God in helping some who were unsure of their salvation. The audio and notes are available, and at the beginning of the mp3 file is the testimony of a member of our church who recently realised he had never actually made a committment to Jesus. If you are less than 100% sure you are a Christian on your way to heaven do have a listen to this sermon and if it helps … [Read more...]

Teamwork, the Great commission and the great command- task and people, ask and tell: changing the world

I am in the middle of a blogging series at the moment about teamwork that will change the world. I want you to see that both the categories of people I have spoken of and the two dimensions they are based on are reflected in some way in the bible. I showed in the last post that the four categories are reflected in the four gospels.Now, I will show you how "ask", "tell", "task" and "people" are all dimensions that are familiar to the bible. The great commission sets us a task- to GO … [Read more...]

4 Gospels, 4 Social Styles: teamwork in the bible

Regular readers of my blog will know I am in the middle of a series on social styles in church. I would like to suggest in this post that the four social styles I described in the last one are reflected in the styles of the authors of the four gospels. We can see this from the way each of them choose to start their gospels.Analytical Luke "It seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you"This suggests the slow … [Read more...]

Social Styles: different ways of interacting within a team

This post follows on from one entitled recognising differences, and is part of a series entitled "Churches that change the world"The social styles system takes two dimensions that describe how we relate to other people and uses it to define four types of people.1. The Amiable is a person who is focussed on people rather than tasks and who has a tendancy to ask rather than tell. Often seen as quiet and unassuming. They are warm friendly listeners who highly value friendships,Enjoy being in a team … [Read more...]

Teamwork that will change the world- identifying differences

In the last posts of my long running series, I argued that churches led by teams of very different people will change the world and began to discuss what teamwork that will change the world looks like.The key point is simply this, that people differ in many ways, but that a simple but helpful way to categorise people and think about how they interact and how I can best serve others in my interactions is the Social Styles model. In the introduction to my teamwork series I linked to a … [Read more...]

Controlling Personalities in the Church

Wittenberg Gate has two posts about dominating people in the church. The first describes individuals and the second what happens to a church when it is lead by an overly-dominant person. The bible never intended for the church to be lead by one dominant individual with no accountability. This is why team leadership is so vital. … [Read more...]

It is teamwork that will change the world

In what may seem like a digression from my series on the church I now plan to spend some while speaking about teamwork.A couple of previous posts may help to give useful background, firstly one on barriers to community, and secondly one on the one-anothers of the bible. These posts are part of a theme on the importance of teamwork to the church, which is itself the thing that will change the world.Why is this so important? Because it is my belief that at its essense church is team. We … [Read more...]

Churches lead by teams of very different people change the world

It is important to note that the churches in Acts were led by teams. This was such a crucial thing to Paul that there was an occassion when he refused to preach when a door was open to him because his team were not with him.This point is so vital that I intend to dwell on it for several posts, in a sub-series "leadership teamwork that changes the world"For today suffice it to say that the bible nothing of the modern concept of one man exclusively leading. Teams need a leader for sure, and Paul … [Read more...]

Churches who's leaders are genuine, spirit filled and full of faith will change the world

"..he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith" Acts 11:24A good church starts with good leaders. There simply isn't any substitutefor a good man who is filled with the Spirit and trusts his God.Leaders must have the gentle servant heart that Barnabus demonstrated.They must not be self-seeking. They must care, and have learnt exemplarycharacter. If your leaders do not reflect Jesus to you then there issomething very wrong.Leaders cannot rely on their own strength. It is vital … [Read more...]