Monthly Archives: July 2014

Church growth: Why numbers don’t tell the whole story

big crowdIt is fashionable these days to judge the success of a church or ministry based on its size. Typically, the men on platforms at Christian conferences are the guys with the biggest churches. Pastors flock to hear their methods and imitate their strategies. I’m not sure when this trend began, but it doesn’t seem to be a strong theme throughout the history of the church, and least of all in the New Testament. I have a number of problems with this extremely narrow view of success. Continue reading

Why preaching from memory or reading your notes might not be a good idea

microphoneThis brief article by Lisa Evans from Fast Company covered a few mistakes people make in public speaking. There’s a section in there that just about perfectly captures my own concerns when preachers attempt to memorise their message, or worse still, read it out. The article is summarising some of the tips from Laura Sicola, founder of Vocal Impact Productions, and the first problem she identifies is the tendency to sound disengaged from your message. Quoting Sicola, Lisa Evans writes: Continue reading

The good and the bad of church in Central London

Central LondonI’ve been part of Westminster Chapel for over 12 years now. That has given me a lot of time to reflect on the dynamics of being a city centre church. As we’re about to plant another city centre church these considerations — on the pros and cons of city centre church life — have weighed heavily on my mind. Continue reading

Some of the reasons why John Piper doesn’t own a TV


It’s likely that nearly everyone you know owns and watches TV, but it’s rare to hear someone lay down a strong case against TV watching. Back in 2011 Andy Naselli put together a blog post in which he collated a lot of what John Piper has said or written about why he doesn’t own a TV. It’s a long post, and well worth reading in full, but here are a couple of my favourite quotes: Continue reading