Six ways to help prevent abuse from flourishing

Given recent posts, it seemed worth briefly outlining some of the ways we can work to prevent a culture of abuse from forming. None of

How to have a good members' meeting

Last night we had our latest members’ meeting. No doubt, writing this the day before it’s happened, any of my people might look back and

The problem of having no defined membership

I have made the case for meaningful church membership before. It is my view that membership is biblical, making best sense of what we see

Are you actually capable of real friendship?

Hold onto your hats for this big admission: I am not a Conservative Party member, supporter or voter. Shocking, I know. Sorry to shatter any

Five ways to encourage genuinely co-equal plurality among elders

Most nonconformist churches – particularly of the baptistic persuasion – believe in plural eldership. At least, we say we do. Often, our model may be

Five key questions to ask of your church polity

Tony Benn famously said there are five essential questions to ask of anybody in positions of social, economic or political power: “What power have you

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