Self-Supporting Ministry – a practical guide by John Lees

John Lees has written a guide to self-supporting ministry that is challenging and practical. But is self-supporting ministry just about those who are clergy?

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70 or 72? Do numbers count in Luke 10?

There’s a division of opinion about whether Luke wrote 70 or 72 in for the number Jesus sent out. I think it makes a difference and that there are arguments either way. But it seems a bit of a geeky question.

The place of maps

I have just been reading The Book of Negroes by Canadian author Lawrence Hill. It gets its controversial title from a historic document from the 18th century which is kept at the National Archives at Kew. It is a ledger of over 3,000 names of enslaved African, the “Black Loyalists” who escaped to Britain’s lines in the American […]

Some power lines as powerful as can be

Sometimes what comes out in conversation takes our breath away doesn’t it? Conversations are wonderful ways of learning and realising stuff deep within our experience. At a recent workshop on power leaders in ministry were sharing empowering stories and exploring ways of empowering others. What emerged was a radical question, very simply expressed: don’t we want […]

Opening the community chest

I love that tweet @la_vagabondeuse and know the feeling of opening up a box of treasures. There are so many jewels out there. Of course, this has more to do with la_vagabondeuse’s willingness to open her ears and heart to others. Twitter is just the means to that end – one of many social media […]

Opening Advent Doors

Advent is a time for praying for the coming of Emmanuel, that God may be with us, and for each of the evenings of the week before Christmas there is an “O” antiphon. Each of the seven antiphons is prefaced by “O” and addressed to the Messiah according to the names for him found in […]