Tuesday, 29 March 2011

What we are learning about... creation and evolution

Continuing a series of blogs quoting from resource papers which others have found useful.

From the paper on Creation & Evolution by Mick Taylor...

‘Does loyalty to scripture demand holding the view that God created the universe in six 24 hour days and that it is less than 20,000 years old? Not all are convinced. And yet many would hold that death as we know it came into the world through a real fall of the first two human beings and that the Sabbath principle is rooted in creation. Exactly how these relate to modern science is more of an open question.’


Tuesday, 22 March 2011

What we are learning about... marriage

Continuing a series of blogs quoting from resource papers which others have found useful.

From the paper on For Men & Women Only (a joint review by Steve and Deb Tibbert of two books - For Men Only by Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn and For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn)...

Deb: ‘I was not surprised by many of the (book’s) findings, such as a man’s need for sex or respect, or the importance he places on appearance, but it did help me get inside my husband’s mind a little more successfully! A couple of things did surprise me, such as the burden a man feels to provide. I really hadn’t appreciated this before.’

Steve: ‘I was always aware that emotions were more complicated for women, but the comparison of emotional testosterone for women with male testosterone helped me understand more deeply the need Deb has for emotional connection and shared emotional lives.’


Tuesday, 15 March 2011

What we are learning about... the End Times

Continuing a series of blogs quoting from resource papers which others have found useful.

From the paper on The End Times by Mick Taylor...

‘It is easy to let the debates about different eschatological frameworks obscure the fact that the New Testament writers were convinced that they had already experienced the beginnings of the new creation in Christ’s resurrection. The longed-for Kingdom of God was not just a future expectation but also a reality which broke into our fallen world through the power of the Spirit. That is what inspired them into mission - as it should also motivate us.’


Thursday, 10 March 2011

What we are learning about... multiple meetings

As part of our vision to be a resource for other churches, King’s Church readily makes available material sharing what we are learning. We regularly receive requests for advice, direction and support and out of that have put together resource papers on a number of topics.

Over the next few blogs I will highlight a few of our most popular papers with a quote and a link. I trust you will find them useful!

From the paper on Multiple Meetings by Steve Tibbert...

‘One of the greatest challenges you will face in going to a second or third meeting is the volunteer challenge – you need to release a lot more ministry to run the Sunday meetings. So, for us to launch an evening meeting requires us to recruit, train and release 100 more volunteers a month (25 per week).’


Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Robert Clinton on philosophy of ministry

'Leaders must develop a philosophy of ministry that simultaneously honors biblical leadership values, embraces the challenges of the times in which they live, and fits their unique gifts and personal development if they expect to be productive over a whole lifetime.' (The Making of a Leader - p180)

Can you articulate your philosophy of ministry? Many leaders misunderstand the difference between biblical values and philosophy of ministry. This quote from Clinton shows that your philosophy of ministry - the way a particular value is worked out, needs to be contextualised and also to fit the gifts and personality of the leader. It also negates the thought that my way is the only way to do ministry!