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The simple way to teach with puppets

Puppets give you power: power to engage and hold children’s attention, even in a crowd; power to create a ‘proxy child’ with whom the audience can identify; power to create a regular structure that children can master and within which they can learn.

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Helping poor readers in home groups

I’m talking about people who don’t struggle at all with the English language; people who might have postgraduate degrees in law or English; even people who might work with words professionally every day. So why do they need help?

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When reading the Bible isn’t working

There are hundreds of Bible reading plans to choose from. I know because I have searched them, I have tried them, and I have failed them.

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Leading a quiet growth group

Our confidence is tested to the limit as questions are met with seemingly unending silence. “Will anyone ever speak? Are my questions that bad?” Or we answer our own questions like a solo performer in a surreal theological drama.

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Mother-to-mother gospel opportunities

As a Christian, it is easy to feel confused about how to speak into this post-Christian culture: do we share our beliefs about gender, marriage and sexuality with these mothers, or do we stay silent?

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When your sermon needs Greg

If you’re a preacher who has ever tried to do something different in order to captivate a congregation with the truth of Scripture... at some point, you’ve fallen into the error of allowing your sermon to serve a creative idea, rather than the other way around.

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Where is God when our loved ones suffer?

As we naturally come to deeply love the people and things of this life, losing them sometimes causes us more spiritual doubt than the threat of our own deaths.

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Top 5 Ideas

Guidance on how to be a man

  • Peter Sholl
  • 29 May 2015

Warning: this post contains an obvious conclusion, but read on anyway! I am a 40-something Christian man. I am married, and at the moment I live in Australia (although I usually live in Mexico). I enjoy the cricket, can cook a good steak, and will happily go to the

Assessing maturity

  • Colin Marshall
  • 9 October 2015

How would you assess the maturity of your church? If you were designing a maturity survey for your members, what questions would you ask?

Putting the mini in ministry

  • Laura Blyth
  • 19 October 2015

What are the small things we can all do that make a big difference in our churches?

Tips for being a false teacher

  • Tim Grant
  • 26 October 2015

So you’ve decided to forgo the straight and narrow and teach things that are… well… not strictly speaking true. It makes sense; after all, surely we’re all a little bored by the same Christian message year after year, millennia after millennia.

How the doctrine of election fuelled Jesus’ work

  • Hannah Ploegstra
  • 2 November 2015

The New Testament unanimously presents the doctrine of election as a glad and glorious reality of the gospel. The staggering news that God has loved Christ’s people from before the foundation of the world, creating us for mercy, blessing and joy, offers much-needed confidence and security as we walk by faith in the weakness of the flesh.

Top 5 Resources

The Course of Your Life

  • Tony Payne
  • 20 March 2013

Life changing course: how can we teach and train Christians to catch this captivating vision of being a disciple-making disciple in every aspect of our lives?

Six Steps to Reading Your Bible

  • Tony Payne
  • 27 March 2013

This six session, video-based course is ideal for small groups, and teaches the basics of the how and why of reading the Bible.

Six Steps to Loving Your Church

  • Tony Payne
  • 28 June 2013

A stimulating video-based course for small groups that will help people to change their whole mindset about church—to learn that ‘loving’ your church doesn’t just mean enjoying it or liking it, but actively serving and loving the people who are the church in whatever way possible.

The Art of Living (Proverbs)

  • Bryson Smith
  • 22 July 2013

How should I live my life? When it comes to the art of living, the book of Proverbs is the best place to start, because its wisdom is no less than God's wisdom. These studies help you to understand what true wisdom is and how true wisdom is ultimately found in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. (8 studies; leader's notes included)

How to Walk Into Church

  • Tony Payne
  • 1 June 2015

A new book for everyone who goes to church, from one of the co-authors of The Trellis and the Vine.

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