Journeys in Ministry

The great questions of life – if we share them openly – are questions that can unite seekers and believers across the full spectrum of the church scene – from inherited, micro, simple, organic, or emerging to deconstructed or post-institutional. All are places where I have spent some time.

My personal inspirations are diverse. Within Christian streams I find amazing treasures in the roots of our traditions:

  • The ways of journeying together pioneered by people like Thomas Helwys and the first Baptists…
  • The soul-friendship and closer community of monastic brothers and sisters like Aidan of Lindisfarne, Fursa, Hilda of Whitby and the Celtic missionaries; Benedict, Scholastica of Norcia and the first Benedictines…
  • The close conversation, intentional soul work and redistribution of wealth central to the praxis of John Wesley and the early Methodists…
  • The de-institutionalized and radical imitation of Christ and the liberation of grassroots initiative represented by mendicant communities – like those of Francis and Clare of Assisi, or C20th catalysts like Paolo Freire
  • The mysticism of Hesychasts such as Seraphim of Sarov, Theophan the Recluse, Silouan of Athos, Dmitri of Rostov, Symeon the New Theologian who teach me to breathe with the quietness and energies of God. 

My personal rule of life, The Simple Rule, flows with those waters. And these are the threads you will find running through all the posts on this website.

Building the Kingdom and Building the Church are both good things. But they’re not the same thing!

Beauty, Sex and Babies, and what Augustine got wrong…

A Time to Lament

Living Organic Church – a conversation with Molong Nacua in the Philippines

God Loves People and Places

PODCAST: Are you Grading yourself or Grounding yourself in God?

PODCAST: God heals people and places

PODCAST: Seeing Church through Household Lenses

PODCAST: Art, Performance and the Spirit of Pentecost

PODCASTS: New Paradigms for Leadership

PODCAST: Leadership as Masterclass – Acting Workshop with Michael Caine

The Problem of the Christian Missionary – A Jewish Perspective

Slow Food and Jesus

Why posts about what you had for dinner are important

Leaders – Experts or Companions?

Women’s Leadership & the Bible

Poverty and the Gift of Delight

Jesus, the Shepherds, the Wise Men and…Santa??

PODCASTS – THE “FOUR STEPS” OF APOSTOLIC LIFE:

(or how we bring the love of Jesus to people in the Gospel way)

The Four Steps – Part 1

The Four Steps – Part 2

The Four Steps – Part 3

The Four Steps – Part 4

The Four Steps – Part 5

PODCASTS – VARIOUS:

Everything we Need for Today

Angels

Angels – Part 2

Obedience and the Blood of Jesus

Simple, Bold, Persistent Prayer

Simple, Bold, Persistent Prayer – Part 2

Healing, Praying in Faith, & Fasting

Giving & Tithing – a personal perspective

Listening to God – a theological basis

Learning to Hear God Speak

PODCAST – How we handle the Bible

PODCAST – Times of Change

PODCAST – Entering into God’s New Thing…

NOTES ON MY ROOTS IN VINEYARD

My Spiritual Roots are in Vineyard: Carol Wimber talks about Vineyard’s Roots (8 PODCASTS)

Five Step Model for ministering with Healing (PODCAST)

Saying Thank You to St Andrew’s Chorleywood

Vineyard and the Avoidance of Hype

The Heart of Vineyard Worship – No Small Gift

Vineyard’s Vital Debt to Quakerism

SHARING THE JOURNEY – A three year conversation with a brother in the Gospel

Sharing the journey with Aaron Snow pt1 (Ministry & Life’s Seasons)

Sharing the journey with Aaron Snow pt 2 (And What is Church?)

Sharing the Journey with Aaron Snow pt 3 (Vocations & Priorities)

Sharing the Journey with Aaron Snow pt 4 (Fundamentals and Unity)

Sharing the Journey with Aaron Snow pt 5 (Church and Kids in 2016)

Sharing the Journey with Aaron Snow pt 6 (Non-negotiables and Tree Changes)

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