Just Managing


I realise I need to ask for some help.

You see I’m a minister not a manager.

I love ministering especially here at RBC and I think I’m pretty good at it. But honestly at times…. I’m just managing. I have considerable experience managing projects and managing people and actually enjoy it.  Helping people realise their potential and work at their best is a real joy for me.  However, I’m not a manager and this is where I realise some help is needed, especially as I lead a Church that is blessed with many professional people who I’m sure could be extremely helpful in sorting out some of the areas that I’m not so strong in.

Whilst RBC is most definitely firstly a church and our focus is firmly rooted in discipleship, gospel witness and compassionate care; we are also a charity that has to meet specific levels of regulatory compliance. This takes time, energy and resource – doing this sort of work doesn’t really play to my strengths – but it might play to yours.

Over the last two terms we have kept revisiting the themes of contextual mission; using what we have, where we are for God’s glory and to build His kingdom.  I’m preaching about this on Sunday and it is very much part of our Refuel, Refocus, Relate thinking.  I’d like to apply those principles to helping things run more efficiently at RBC.

I’d love to explore putting some project teams together drawing on people’s experience of:

  • Organisational management
  • HR management
  • Administration management
  • Premises management

I don’t envisage these teams being particularly time onerous, but they will be very task focussed. Each team will have clear objectives as we look at some of the organisational areas that we need to develop.

So, if you have God given gifts and passions in any of these areas, you could use them to help support and strengthen the work of RBC. Dare I say it, this could be your calling for this time.

This could be your contextual mission, using what you have, where you are, for God!

Think about it, pray about it and then act on it and let me know.

See you on Sunday





Food & Film

20180401_111055.jpgI absolutely love the big celebrations and events we put on, Easter Sunday was incredible and the choir indescribably brilliant, as evidenced by people spontaneously standing up and dancing. It’s great that the school holidays, when the usual programme is paused, provides opportunities for our building to be used for a different type of ministry.

Once again, I am excited and in awe of the amazing work of our family ministry team at RBC.  Tuesday was film night, with hot dogs, fish finger rolls, popcorn and drinks. Our auditorium was transformed into a local cinema as a large group of us sat down to watch ‘Heaven is for real’, an excellent film which portrayed the struggles of faith, doubt, financial pressures and loss without being too twee or shmaltzy. Did the little boy actually see heaven?  You’ll have to watch the film to decide.  What I loved was that the mix of people attending, I love it when our building is used like this.

Thursday was ‘make lunch’ day – providing a meal for families that struggle and appreciate a well-cooked substantial warm meal in the middle of the holidays. The buzz of activity was amazing but also so touching to see was the respect, gratitude and even love the families have for Miranda and her team. Activities are planned for the children which provide openings and opportunities for conversation with the parents. I’ve got a follow-up coffee booked and with one Dad I was chatting with yesterday.

Over this next term at RBC we are going to be exploring whole life discipleship encompassing work, home and our attitude to money. When we talk about money and especially giving to church, I’m going to be emphasising ministries like this that will always benefit from increased funding and resourcing. We are also going to be thinking about the sort of conversations I mention above, how to start them, what to say. My friend Andrew who is the evangelism trainer for J John and Philo Trust is coming in July to help with evangelism training. I need it, I imagine you might as well

This Sunday at RBC we are continuing our ‘With Jesus’ short Easter Series. I’m preaching at both services this Sunday on Luke 24, travelling with Jesus and facing fear with Jesus.

Hope to see you at one of them