The Discipleship Journey

A few weeks ago I was helping a ministry team define their view of discipleship. I always find this process fascinating because the conversation usually start with ‘our model is Biblical’ and then they go on to explain what they…

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Philosophy and Discipleship

One of the first questions I ask a Christian leader when I start working with them is “What are you trying to achieve?” When they have finished outlining their intended journey I ask another question, “How is it going?” Most…

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Culture and Discipleship

Part of my ministry involves helping churches reach their full potential. That has meant interacting with a lot of very different churches. The first thing I try to work out at the start of these encounters is the culture of…

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Historical Discipleship

The pivotal events of the Christian faith – Jesus’ birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension – occurred almost 2000 years ago. Those same foundational events are still celebrated today as believers meet together regularly as a community, just as they…

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Isn’t it time to break the cycle?

In my early ministry at a seaside town in Queensland, Australia, I had a meaningful exchange with one of my young leaders which has remained in my memory. We were standing on a jetty, looking out at the river, when…

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Leadership & Discipleship

Over the years I have consulted with a large number of church groups on the area of leadership. As part of what I do I ask people to make a list of all of their leadership development problems and challenges.…

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The Gospel is a Person

A few years after I encountered Jesus personally, I became a volunteer in a ministry that preached on the streets. As part of the orientation process we were taught to share the gospel and it went something like this: “God…

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Church: What does the word mean?

If I were to survey 100 Christians and ask them to describe the term “church”, that description would still include a building, what we do on Sunday morning (or some other time), an organisation or a more cultural interpretation; whatever…

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The Koala Dream

A few weeks ago Judith had a dream as well as some insights about the dream that are worth sharing.  As I was waking this morning, I was coming out of a dream which, although strangely mixed in its images,…

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The Role of the Spirit in Discipleship

One of the legacies of Modern thinking that has been adopted by the Church leads us to believe that discipleship is a teaching course, an enculturation process into a Christian group or a process of ticking competency boxes. This is…

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