Posts belonging to Category Church

The Nature of Association

As a Trustee and Council Member of the Eastern Baptist Association I recently spent a fascinating day immersed in the language of charities recently being trained on Charity Law and Governance. Two comments there prompted me to reflect further on the nature and the life of our regional Baptist Associations. As finances are limited, many […]

The Whole Story – a Sermon Series and a Whole Lot More

All ministers want to encourage our congregations in the habits of daily devotional reading and personal Bible Study. To this end each week we publish the Bible passages for the following Sunday’s sermons. From time to time we let everybody choose from the wide variety of styles of Bible reading notes to try out – […]

The Whole Story – A Sermon Series and a Whole Lot More

All ministers want to encourage our congregations in the habits of daily devotional reading and personal Bible Study. To this end each week we publish the Bible passages for the following Sunday’s sermons. From time to time we let everybody choose from the wide variety of styles of Bible reading notes to try out – […]

Church – singular or plural?

I want to propose a subtle revolution – make church plural not singular. What kind of language do you use when you talk about the church? In the singular or in the plural? North Springfield Baptist Church IS or North Springfield Baptist Church ARE? Do you say “ NSBC HOLDS ITS morning service at 10.30? […]

Why do people not come to church?

“When you were born, your mother brought you here. When you were married, your partner brought you here. When you die, your friends will bring you here. Why not try coming here on your own sometimes?” This poster seen outside a church raises an interesting question. Why do folk seem to need so much persuading […]

What kind of church do we want to be?

What kind of church do we want to be? When people in the neighbourhood talk about North Springfield Baptist Church, how would we like them to describe us? A church with good teaching? A church with genuine worship? A church with great children’s and youth work? A church which brings all ages together side by […]

Less meetings, more friendships

There is a repulsive American phrase – “doing church.” I hate that phrase!! The important thing is not “doing church” or “running church” but BEING church! Churches who focus on DOING church become preoccupied with programmes. If we want to think about BEING church then it is the PEOPLE that matter! BEING church is much […]