The Value of Theological Education

The Value Of Theological Education And Why Christ College Was The Right Decision For Me ‘A low view of the functions of the ministry will naturally carry with it a low conception of the training necessary for it…And a high view of the functions of the ministry on evangelical lines inevitably produces a high conceptionContinue reading “The Value of Theological Education”

Church Buildings and Priorities

Pastor Rick Warren from Saddleback Church recently wrote an article titled ‘Does Your Church Really Need a Bigger Building’ that addresses a key issue among church circles today. In a culture where the remnants of christendom are fading and where there is an increasing emphasis on church planting, the question that is highlighted in Warren’s titleContinue reading “Church Buildings and Priorities”

Questioning Evangelism

What are your experiences with evangelism? Is it one marked by anxiety, fear, or disappointment? It sounds odd that such an amazing activity (the work of presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ that brings hope and life) can be so negative. John Dickson accounts his experiences in ‘The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission’, explainingContinue reading “Questioning Evangelism”

The Forgotten Ones

For all our evangelistic fervour, some of us may have overlooked or forgotten the ones who are closest to us.  I was struck by this daunting reality earlier today when I had coffee with a guy whom I meet up with regularly while we shared about whom we’d like to see come to accept Christ as Lord and Saviour. WeContinue reading “The Forgotten Ones”

Why Internship?

In many evangelical circles, programs like the Ministry Training Strategy (MTS) or Metro are usual pathways for those who have been identified to be suitable for pastoral ministry. For those who are less familiar with these programs, they are essentially 2 year pre-seminary (theological college) apprenticeships that enable candidates to have more hands-on ministry experience before theyContinue reading “Why Internship?”

Counsel to Backsliding Christians

I’ve recently been spending a bit of time over the past week preparing a short section on the ‘Benefits of Union with Christ’ for our church’s second leadership training day (leaders ranging from Community Group leaders to Kids Sunday School teachers). In the process of preparation, one particular benefit stood out like a sharp thorn toContinue reading “Counsel to Backsliding Christians”