Monthly Archives: January 2016

  1. Why minus four is greater than plus twenty: the curious maths of a growing church


    29/01/2016 by Chris Green

    We had about twenty new people at our newcomers event last time we ran it.  But in the week afterwards, …
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  2. It’s hard to say ‘no’- but it’s a leadership essential


    27/01/2016 by Chris Green

    Our church leadership is going through the process of developing a plan for the next five years, and setting some …
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  3. Stop running a ministry relay race: train more people


    25/01/2016 by Chris Green

    I can’t remember when I first heard the idea that Christian ministry is a relay race, but it’s a powerful …
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  4. The Basics: what Christians need to know, to grow


    20/01/2016 by Chris Green

    I’ve been preparing some talks for a short course called Growing Spiritually.  It’s designed to be quite intentional in giving …
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  5. ‘Don’t make me laugh!’ Is the Bible funny?


    18/01/2016 by Chris Green

    I’m not a big fan of the theory that the Bible is full of jokes. I was brought up in …
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  6. Church, Size, and the Rule of 10


    15/01/2016 by Chris Green

    We all get stuck trying to think creatively and clearly about a church or ministry. Imagining new stuff is hard, …
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  7. That indispensible, irreplaceable person

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    13/01/2016 by Chris Green

    Today I’m saying farewell to my PA. Loyal, efficient, intelligent, discreet – she is everything I’ve ever wanted from a …
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God, Suffering and Joy

A conversation between me (with cancer) and Michael (with Multiple Sclerosis)

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