TOAM: Interview with Nigel Ring

Nigel Ring is a great hero of mine. I love the way he has faithfully served the ministry of Newfrontiers for decades. He has been so loyal, so humble, and so willing to lay his life down that the ministry of others might develop to the full potential. He has personally run every Downs, Stoneleigh and Together On A Mission event. No wonder Terry Virgo dedicated his new book Spirit-Filled Church to this man. But as I point out at the beginning of this interview, he did steal away my favorite … [Read more...]

Why your church doesn’t feel like family

Mark Driscoll is at his very best in the following clip. Ever wondered how family and mission entwine, especially in a growing church where you don't know anyone? Ever wished for more intimacy and a greater relational feel in your church? Ever felt neglected and rejected in your church? Ever felt like your church was not your home? Watch this clip and be prepared to be blown away. I love the way he begins: Family is a category of relationship that the world knows nothing about. What's better … [Read more...]

The Author Editor Relationship

Woe to either the author or the editor who must work with someone with whom they do not trust or respect. For an editor, editing a writer you love makes the job so easy and fun. And for the writer, having an editor who “gets” what you’re trying to do also makes life so much easier.via Nick Harrison’s Blog » Blog Archive » Authors and their Editors. … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]