NEWS 26 DEC 15

Hello friends, Judy and I were privileged to have the boys and their families spend Christmas Day with us. At the end of the day one of the little fellows (6 years old) prayed: ‘Dear Jesus, can you please make tomorrow like another Christmas Day!’ But not all relate to the birth of Jesus. Our neighbours… Continue reading

NEWS 13 MAR 15

Hello church planters We like to count, and ‘numbers are important, especially when the numbers represent people who are precious to God’. But churches are notorious for counting the wrong things. In his excellent little book Fruitful Church: A Manifesto for Sending (just released), Andrew Turner writes: ‘we should measure success not by the number of people that come… Continue reading


Hello church planters It wasn’t a New Year’s resolution, but it was time. For two days I systematically worked through documents on every topic imaginable with Bible study outlines, sermon notes, strategic plans, reports, etc – and on the last day of 2014 dumped thousands of files. There were class notes from courses I taught as a college… Continue reading


Hello church planters I have just returned home from the Pacific Reach Movement Conference in Fiji. The vision is for each local church across the Pacific island nations to plant another church. Over 230 with this vision – leaders, pastors and members – spent a week at Fulton College to be equipped. On her flight home to Vanuatu Sarai,… Continue reading

NEWS 13 APR 14

Hello friends Jesus followed and taught a simple plan to make disciples – (1) connect with people by eating with them – listening to their stories, (2) meet people’s needs – bringing healing – using our stories as a bridge to, (3) sharing God’s story – ‘the kingdom of God is near’. In this News you will find a range of resources and equipping… Continue reading

NEWS 25 FEB 14

Hello friends Some thought missional might be another fad. But, it is not proving to be! Yes, some terms pass their use-by-date. Emerging church was a great term – church from below, connected with the past and, at the same time, the future. However, it was damaged from within and without – even negatively impacting the term emerging missional church. So we might be back to missional – and this… Continue reading

NEWS 20 Mar 13

Hello planters Here are more stories – for ideas and inspiration. Some are complex plants, some simple. Although simple forms are not the only way forward, they are multiplying – easily reproducible and a great way to connect new people to Jesus Christ. I have therefore explored further qualities of The Simple Forms of New… Continue reading

NEWS 14 Mar 13

Hello Friends For the last two weeks Judy and I have been in Western Australia. As well as sharing in the annual Church Planters Summit (with Grant Morrison of the Move Network and Wayne Krause, planting Coordinator for Adventists in the South Pacific), I conducted mini-summits in Albany (400+ km south of Perth) and Kalgoorlie… Continue reading

NEWS 3 Dec 12

Hello Friends Church plants need regular experiences of refreshing. It could take the form of ’48 hours of prayer’, a special Agape meal (perhaps a Saturday or Sunday brunch, including the Lord’s supper), a local church planting conference – to equip teams to multiply, a Bible conference – to explore a book or special theme,… Continue reading