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All articles by Bill Dyer

The author has retired after 40 years as minister of Pontefract Evangelical Church.

Developing church leaders

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August 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Developing church leaders

It is the responsibility of church leaders to try to develop the potential in every believer under their care. Women are usually the largest group in a church and the ‘workhorses’ behind the scenes! Often they are the cement which holds the church together and, usually, if the women of the church are happy, the church will be happy! Christian women, both married and single, give huge prayer support to their churches and encourage others with their wisdom and spiritual insight. This underpins much of what men leaders achieve. Yet the women are often under-valued. They are not consulted and are excluded from decision-taking, even...

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July 2013
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Developing church leaders (1)

The spiritual life and progress of a church depends largely upon the quality of its leaders. Even with an outstanding minister, leaders who don’t share his faith and vision can seriously hinder the work. But, equally, a minister without vision or who isn’t a ‘team-player’ can frustrate progress. Therefore, a team of leaders need to be constantly self-critical and spiritually alert to changing needs within the church, as well as to fresh gospel opportunities in their community.    Vision Are church leaders keeping ahead of the game? Are they leading the church to grasp fresh challenges? Elderships today are often too small and not representative of...

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Developing the spiritual life of the church (3)

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March 2013
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Developing the spiritual life of the church (3)

Developing the spiritual life of the church (3) It is vital to restore true spirituality to its rightful place in the churches. In his book, The Puritans, Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones continually emphasises that true Christianity is of the heart, not just the head. It is founded on biblical truth, of course, but it is truth brought to life by the Holy Spirit — glorious reformed doctrine, which doesn’t just stay in the head, but is experienced in the heart and affections.     It is not just that we know the truth, but that the truth moves and grips us so profoundly that we glory in...

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Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (2)

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February 2013
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Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (2)

Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (2) The title implies that our churches are not as spiritually healthy as they should be. Among other things, church leaders should seek to strengthen the prayer life of their churches. This might mean preaching a series of sermons on prayer. There are many aspects of prayer which need covering, including teaching about private and family prayer, stressing that our personal walk with the Lord is foundational.     There should be regular opportunities for corporate prayer. Such prayer is fundamental to New Testament Christianity, as the book of Acts shows. Prayer is not to change God, but primarily...

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Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (1)

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January 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (1)

Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (1) This title implies our churches are not as spiritually healthy as they should be. And isn’t it true that many evangelical churches have lost spiritual focus and confidence in God, and are retreating into what is safe, comfortable and sanitised? We are becoming too cerebral; our theology is more in our heads than in our hearts. I see many elders’ libraries and often they are like ministers’ libraries. Most ministers and elders are well read, but yet often unable to lead churches in bold, adventurous faith.     They are well taught about the sovereignty of God and...

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Where are the ministers?

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September 2012
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Where are the ministers?

Where are the ministers? There continues to be a shortage of men coming forward for the Christian ministry. Many evangelical churches that can afford to support and are actively looking for a minister are unable to find one. In many areas of the country, if two or three smaller churches were willing to form a joint pastorate they too could afford to call a pastor, and this would further increase the shortage. Also there is currently an encouraging interest in church-planting, which increases yet further the need for trained leadership.     When we consider that the average age of ministers presently serving independent churches is...

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Power through prayer

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May 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Power through prayer

Power through prayer ‘After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God boldly’ (Acts 4:31). The apostles called upon God in their weakness and he filled them afresh with the mighty power of the Holy Spirit. But have we got used to a Christianity without power? Isn’t lack of power the ‘elephant in the room’ we so often ignore?     Many of us are not lacking in new ideas and initiatives; and we should be bold, innovative, contemporary and intelligent in addressing the great challenges we face. But,...

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