Category: Discipleship

ONE PERCENTERS…… that build a culture of excellence

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I was most interested to learn from a family in my church about their recent holiday in another state. Even more so when they had taken the time to visit a very well known church in that state. I asked them what was it that impressed them most about the church and what could we learn from them.

Their reply surprised me. It was the carpark attendants that impacted them and would even prompt them to return to the church again. They told of how the carpark attendants:

  • warmly greeted them.
  • helped direct them to a convenient section set aside for newcomers.
  • escorted them to the church foyer, whilst holding

WORDS THAT HVE SHAPED MY LIFE 33 – 40

Rod Denton Induction at Elizabeth Church of Christ_2012 - Copy (2)

(33) “TO MINISTER OR TO MANIPULATE”
There came a time when I was awakened to the fact that my life of service as a pastor was being subtly motivated by my need for appreciation from those that I served. For example, following the preaching of a sermon I would feel valued and appreciated when the feedback was warm and encouraging. Then I read Larry Crabb’s book The Marriage Builder and I learned that in marriage, as in all of life, I had two options in the way I was motivated to serve. First, I can serve by way of manipulating people to respond in a way that will meet my …

WORDS THAT HAVE SHAPED MY LIFE 25 – 32

Rod Denton Induction at Elizabeth Church of Christ_2012 - Copy (2)
(25) “HE/SHE WHO GETS VISION, GETS JOB”
One of the dangers of leadership is that of becoming overloaded by taking on the good ideas of other people. It usually occured when someone would come to me and say, “I have a good idea. Why don’t we do……………. I will leave it with you, Rod.” I was overloaded because I was accepting responsibility for other people’s good ideas. Gradually I realised there was a better way to test the sincerity of the person with the good idea. I learnt to reply, “Let’s talk about this. And by the way, I want you to know, ‘He/she who gets vision, gets job.’” And …

EVANGELISM – From An Optional Extra To An Important Priority

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There is much to suggest that the church in the west is living in a post Christian generation.  Evangelism has fallen on hard times, and ironically it seems that seminars to help people learn how to share their faith are doing no better.  And yet our denominations, although aware of their continued decrease in numbers, seem largely unmotivated to address the real issue.

If ever there was a time to get back to basics, then surely it is now and I would like to suggest that the following 10 keys will give you a platform on which to build a fruitful church that will reach lost people. These 10 keys …