Family Group Leaders Meeting, 7 October

We’ll have a gathering for all family group leaders after church on 7th October. It’s time to meet up and inspire one another with vision for the future!

Starting Songs Together as a Worship Team: “Oneness”

musicnotes-001Why does this matter?  Three reasons.

  1. Our job as a team is to lead a group of people in corporate worship. We need to model this corporate worship. Starting together makes a difference. If we are a team it is important to function in that way. Demonstrates “oneness” (Jn 17.20-21; see also Jn 13.15). We will feel more like a team of brothers and sisters. When one starts and the others are not ready it creates insecurity in the team which is never good for unity.
  2. One person starting a song when the rest are not ready is distracting for the congregation who are then thinking about why we are not unified rather than focussed on God. Needless to say, this is likely to be even more distracting for visitors (it might be a stretch to apply 1 Cor 14.33, but you know what I mean).
  3. When we start songs together it means we are ready to not only sing, and not only to lead worship, but we are best placed to actually worship God ourselves!  This matters to God and makes a difference to our own spiritual well-being (a healthy attitude matters, Heb 12.28).

How do we get there?  Three steps.

  1. Look down. Check the first note/chord – make sure you’ve got it. Get the first few words of the song in your head.
  2. Look sideways. Check the rest of the team are ready.
  3. Look out. Smile at the congregation, and start with a noticeable movement (of the arm or instrument).


It is the leaders’ job to create conditions helpful to starting songs together. It is the job of the rest of the team to make the leader’s job easy by being alert (echoes of Heb 13.17). Starting together is not about volume or energy, but focus. It is about teamwork!

These are not ‘rules’ and breaking them is not ‘sin’, but let’s reflect and see if starting together might help our services. I believe that the congregation will respond well and move more quickly from, “Oh, the song has started”, to actually participating in corporate worship.  We, they and our friends will be spiritually enriched, and God will be honoured. Everyone ‘wins’.

Your brother,


Leadership Development Presentation 5 August

God has kindly increased our number, and spread us more widely than ever before. We have been considering the implications for our leadership for quite some time. After much consultation, study and prayer we are delighted to bring the conclusions to the congregation this Friday 5th August.  Please come along to hear Tim and Malcolm explain the new plans. The presentation will be recorded for any who are unable to make it. Please be praying for these important developments.


Spiritual Ambition

Spiritual Ambition

In our first leadership class of 2016 we looked at the issue of “Spiritual Ambition”. One of the questions we asked in the session was who in the Bible inspired us with their spiritual ambition.

We also asked people for their definitions of spiritual ambition.  Here are some of the responses:

Definitions of Spiritual Ambition

“With reluctance and humility recognising God’s call and his will you become a servant with a desire to see change.”

Amey, Tom, Saroj and Caroline composed the following tweet: “A person with spiritual ambition does the best they can with what they have for the glory of God”


Biblical Examples of Spiritual Ambition

Pip, Anna-kaisa and Harry said, “Our biblical character is Moses:  Mark 10:45.”

Amey, Tom, Saroj and Caroline’s Bible character: the woman with the alabaster jar. She did all she could with all she had and as a result gained forgiveness and salvation, Mark 14:8.

“Was Jesus a good listener?”

good-listenerWas Jesus a good listener? (audio version here, video version here)

I’m preparing a leadership training workshop for members of the Thames Valley churches of Christ. The topic is, “Listening like Jesus” and it is focussed on listening skills.

I am convinced that Jesus was an excellent listener, but the scriptures demonstrating this are sparse.

So my question is, do you see Jesus as a good listener? And if so, what persuades you that this was a strong part of his character?

I would greatly value your thoughts. Please leave a comment below this post or email me on

Many thanks, and God bless,