God’s presence in all of life

God’s presence in all of life

Discipleship Framework I am sometimes asked pointed questions like: “Can you describe what you are all about? What is it you aiming at? What are you chasing? What hill are you prepared to die on?” People rightly want to know what fuels the heart of the...
In practice: Revolution by tipping-point

In practice: Revolution by tipping-point

Key Articles Riverlife Baptist was already a great church when I got there. Its reputation nationally, and its two thousand regulars were impressive. They had been led strongly for decades with solid teaching and a strong outreach culture. But God had something...
In practice: Evolution by increments

In practice: Evolution by increments

Key Articles How do you bring genuine transformation in a church that isn’t asking for it? The answer is, one person at a time. The cultural reality for a huge percentage of churches is that some people want to grow and experience more of God; others are willing while...
The formational debt of church growth

The formational debt of church growth

Discipleship Framework I was first introduced to the term “technical debt” (or code debt) by a software developer. Once I understood it, I realised that the modern church has a debt of its own – albeit a formational one. Technical debt refers to the situation where a...
4 diseases of truncated discipleship

4 diseases of truncated discipleship

Discipleship Framework Getting discipleship half-right is not always better than nothing. Having made plenty of mistakes, and being guilty of over-correcting many deficiencies, I have found that a truncated discipleship model is at least as difficult to address as...
The power of catalytic programs

The power of catalytic programs

Discipleship Framework Churches that try hard to actually do the job of discipleship can sometimes be dismissive of powerful programs. I have found that we do so at our peril. I didn’t write the courses I have because I had lots of spare time or because it was part of...