Category Archives: Ministry

Children’s & youth work links

Links from the world of children’s and youth ministry: Scripture Union produces simplified Nativity story to avoid confusing children who don’t go to church: A spokeswoman said the change had been prompted by figures in recent years showing the scale of the lack of knowledge about the Christmas story among many children. New Healthy Media Habits For […]

Long-serving priest gives thanks for 100 years

Britain’s longest serving priest has celebrated his 100th birthday, having ministered to his flock for 75 years.  What a brilliant example of faithful ministry. The Rev William Tavernor was ordained at Ledbury parish church in December 1941 and has been a village vicar across the diocese of Hereford ever since.  He chuckles when he considers […]

Church accidentally prints 2Pac lyrics in carol service booklet!

Someone probably should have told this church that there’s more than a few ‘Hail Mary’ carols. Sadly they choose rapper 2Pac’s version.  Not the most suitable lyrics! The Church in Colombo were hosting their carol service ‘Joy To The World’ on 11th December when this mistake happened.  They were meant to be singing a Catholic […]

Young Women: Your Call – Vocations Day

Young Women: Your Call is a national day conference running on Saturday 23rd April at Coventry Cathedral and hosted by the Diocese of Coventry. It aims to be a creative day of teaching, listening, exploring, praying and working out more of a sense of God’s call for young women.  It is aimed at women aged roughly 16-35 and […]

Help Chris get to the Lausanne Young Leaders Gathering in Jakarta

As many of you will already know, this summer I will be representing the UK at the Lausanne Younger Leaders’ Gathering in Jakarta.   For this trip I need to raise a total of £1,500.  Hannah has contributed £450 through the selling of her Christmas earrings and I’ve already received a couple of other generous donations […]

10 predictions about the future Church and shifting attendance patterns

Carey Nieuwhof the founding pastor of Connexus Church north of Toronto has written an interesting post on 10 predictions about the future Church and shifting attendance patterns: The potential to gain is still greater than the potential to lose Churches that love their model more than the mission will die The gathered church is here to […]

Reflections on nearly 40 years of ministry

Sam Storms, the lead pastor for preaching and vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, has written a fascinating blog post reflecting on nearly 40 years of pastoral ministry. I’m not sure I full subscribe to everything he has written – for example I would fully subscribe to women being fully involved in church leadership. […]

Books I have read: A Resilient Life

Gordon MacDonald is a long-term pastor who writes with fantastic wisdom. Alongside Eugene Peterson and Henri Nouwen he is someone who I try to read anything that he publishes. Reading this book I was not disappointed.   I bought A Resilient Life a few years ago when I was beginning to explore my own emotional […]

Church of England Ministry Status Codes

I loved the blog post on Waxing My Knees regarding CofE Ministry Status Codes, enjoy! Here’s a list of Church of England Ministry Error Codes inspired by a recent conversation on a certain clergy web forum. All are genuine http web error codes.  ***Simon Douglas has pointed out that these are in fact ‘status codes, but […]

Bishop of Leeds new robes

Loved this blog post from Anglican Memes: As the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales prepared to enthrone its Diocesan Bishop, Nick Baines, details of his specially-designed robes were revealed. Having been tipped off about the likely result of the General Synod vote on Saturday which made the wearing of robes optional, Bishop Nick […]

How to Maintain Pastoral Zeal While Avoiding Pastoral Burnout

Christopher Ash, director of Cornhill Training Course, speaking on May 13, 2014, at Truth for Life’s Basics conference, shares out of personal experience and from the Word: How can burnout be a problem in ministry when Christ Himself encouraged His followers to give up everything for the sake of the Gospel? Christopher Ash explains that there […]

CMS and Greenbelt launch Missional Entrepreneurship competition

There’s an interesting new missional entrepreneurship competition being launched by Greenbelt and the Church Mission Society: The Church Mission Society, in partnership with Greenbelt, is launching a missional entrepreneurship competition ahead of this year’s festival. Submit your entry by 18 July 2014 > We are asking festivalgoers to submit an idea that is both transformational and includes […]