Moving around the Region one of the most common things I come across in our smaller churches is a lack of musicians. Most manage to pull together enough musos to scrape through morning church, but if your church has an evening congregation that averages less than 40-50 people, I’m guessing that you are really struggling… Read More

Church giving

Churches like ours are often well behind many trends in society – often for very good reasons! But one such trend that I puzzle about is that about making giving easy and convenient. The best most of our churches get is slapping a bPay logo and number on the back of our bulletins in the… Read More

Soma Church

I get to move around t he churches in our region a fair bit, and I find that the quality of leading is often, well, lacking. This can be regardless of whether the leader is a paid staff member or a lay leader from the congregation. Often it is a collection of small things that… Read More


If your church has yet to be confronted with a pastoral situation stemming from the gender debate, you will soon. To quote from the Priscilla & Aquilla Centre: “Whilst the ‘gender debate’ has been going on for some decades, the ‘transgender revolution’ has taken many by surprise. But it has well and truly arrived. In… Read More

The whole issue of people struggling with gender identity is one that our churches really cannot ignore any longer. While it is a complex and very challenging pastoral situation, this article by Mark Yarhouse is very helpful: The cultural salience of gender dysphoria… Read More

For anyone wishing to receive emailed updates on the progress of Ivan as he recovers from his surgery for pancreatic cancer, you can subscribe here:  … Read More