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I was involved in a conversation a few weeks ago, where a number of us were talking about our own churches. As the conversation continued it became apparent that a couple of the people involved in the conversation were far from happy with their church leader (i.e. their church minister/pastor/officer/priest).

While this conversation was going on, I didn’t say much, as I was trying to remember a quote which sums up what we should do when we’re unhappy with our church leader – Well I remembered it, and when I shared it with the group, the conversation came to a sudden stop. Here’s the quote I shared:


If a church wants a better pastor, it can get one by praying for the one it has. – Robert E. Harris

I think sometimes we can forget that our leaders are human, just like us; they have their own faults and failings, just like us; and they have their own strengths and weakness, just like us.

So whenever you’re disappointed or unhappy with how someone is leading your church, do the best thing you can for them, pray!

When you’re looking for a club or organisation to join, do you choose the one you want to join based on how nice the building or the furniture is?

Or do you choose based on the number of members and how well the club/organisation is meeting their needs?

Personally I’d rather choose based on how well the needs of the members are being met, how about you?

Does the same apply when it comes to church? Are our churches appealing to those in our community?

What will make our churches attractive and relevant to the community around us will not be our programmes, buildings or social media presence. Rather, it will be the quality of our relationships with God, with each other and with the people we encounter in the community. ~ Henrik Andersen

Is your church appealing to those in your community? If not, it’s time to make the changes necessary to help your church build quality relationships with God and with those in your community.

Accepted and welcomed

Posted: February 26, 2018 in blogging, church, life, quotes, religion

Yesterday in A Divided World I asked whether your church is inclusive to all. Today I’m continuing that theme, as I want to suggest that the world needs a united church, where every church works together in God’s name, rather than ‘in-fighting’ and working against one another.

Everyone needs to feel loved, and what place better than a church to make all people feel welcome and loved. Is your church a place where people feel welcome and feel loved when they speak to anyone who goes there?

Violence seems to the norm in this world these days – Just in this last week we’ve heard of shootings not to far from away from us; hit and run incidents where two young kids were killed; 2 men are stabbed to death in London…to name but a few.

What has this world become?

Where does the church fit in in this violent world?

Is your church a peaceful place in this otherwise violent world?

Let’s make sure our church proclaims a message of reconciliation and understanding, without discrimination. Let’s make our church inclusive to all.

Where are we?

Posted: February 7, 2018 in church, life, prayer, quotes, religion


Do you consider it is a place? A place you go to maybe one, two, three times a week.

Or, is it what defines who you are, because of the way you live?

I pray that as we attend church on a weekly basis, we do not just attend church, but we live it 24/7. Because church isn’t just about what we do or where we go on a Sunday – It’s about how we lead our lives every hour of every day.

I spent a bit of time recently thinking about how I’ve got to where I am – Not in a work or career sense, but from a personal perspective.

I’m sure, like everyone else, there have certain individuals who have influenced you, taught you and directed you through your younger days. There will have been those who have encouraged you, looked out for you, become your confidants, and just generally been there for you whenever you’ve needed to talk.

There have been people in my life too you I put into each of those categories. Between them, they are the one who have helped make me the person I am today. However, I hope and pray that it is those who taught about God and the bible from an early age, who have influenced me most. Without their Christian influence on me I definitely wouldn’t be the person I am today. Without Christ in my life I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I therefore give thanks to God for all those who have taught me or influenced me along my Christian journey.

Who we are today is a direct result of those we spend time with, and those we trust and believe. My belief and trust is in God. How about you, are you trusting and believing in the right people?

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, but as you’ll see from the title this is another Christmas word association today. It may be a Christmas edition word association, but it’s the same format, so I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. wordsTV advert
  2. Christmas shopping
  3. Bells
  4. Carol service
  5. Pudding
  6. Shepherd
  7. Star
  8. Christmas dinner
  9. Work
  10. Christmas cards


So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. John Lewis
  2. Queues
  3. Watchnight service
  4. Nativity
  5. Snow bombe
  6. Lost
  7. Bright
  8. Marks and spencers
  9. Holidays!
  10. Stamps

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

Christmas is a time for family

Christmas is a time for celebrating

Christmas is a time for giving

Christmas is a time for parties

Christmas is a time for loving one another

Christmas is time for Christ

Is Christmas a time for Christ, for you?

I’ve heard a few conversations recently about Christmas, and have been disappointed that just about all these conversations have been about the commercial side of Christmas rather than about Christ. These conversations have been about buying gifts, partying and drinking to excess then suffering hangovers as a result, eating to excess, spending time with family – some complaining about the stress involved with this, time off work, to name a few of the things that were discussed.

What I personally don’t get is why, particularly at this time of year, people want to drink to excess and become so drunk that they can’t remember much, if anything, about their night out, and then feel really ill the next day or two!

no christ no christmasWhere is Christ in all of this, and all these conversations?

Even when someone in the discussion mentioned church or chapel, it was talked about as if it is a chore as going to church/chapel at Christmas is only done out of duty, not because they want to celebrate the reason for the season.

Please don’t get too caught up in partying and presents this Christmas, that you forget that if Christ hadn’t been born, there would be no CHRISTmas!

I’ve heard the question ‘What makes Christmas for you?’ several times in the last few weeks.

Everyone loves to hear a Salvation Army band at Christmas. And because of that, we have a unique opportunity, to not just share music with the listeners, but also to share God’s message of hope and love with them as well.

I read a story recently of a mother who overheard her two teenage sons taking to one another about Christmas – here’s what she heard:

The older son said to his younger brother – Oh my goodness, why do you have to bring God into everything?

The younger replied: Show me one thing where God isn’t present and I will quit bringing Him into everything! 

What a challenge! As Salvation Army bands all over the world prepare Christmas music to remind the people of Christmas, I pray that through their music they will all be able to entertain their audience but also remind them of the real reason we celebrate Christmas.

What’s the purpose of a hospital?

Here’s the dictionary definition:

A hospital is a health care institution providing patient treatment with specialized medical and nursing staff and medical equipment.

What’s the purpose of a church?

Here’s Nicky Gumbel’s definition:

Churches are not museums that display perfect people. They are hospitals where the wounded, hurt, injured and broken find healing.

Does your church feel more like a museum than a hospital for the hurt and broken? If it does, is it really the church you want to be part of?