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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,…

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July 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

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…

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Developing the spiritual life of the church (3)

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March 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

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…

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

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February 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

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…

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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…

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Where are the ministers?

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September 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

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…

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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…

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