Field Notes – 30/6/F
“Should the church become a concert, a debating society, a series of endless trailer announcements for the “real” meetings that are going to take place during the week, or a place to hear B-list celeb interviews, or see the performance of witty personalities with jolly handovers between worship leaders and preachers, then it becomes more difficult to carefully explain all that Jesus said, and apply the consequences of his serious words to all the congregation. We expect serious places to be serious, and so, just occasionally, a little dull. If that dimension of awe is extracted, then a church has lost its point, and the Great Commission cannot be effectively fulfilled. We don’t want the leaders of the church to extract the reverence and godly fear from hallowed places in the name of accessibility. We wish the church leadership would take very, very seriously the words of the Great Commission.” (Geoff Thomas)
MailChimp is great!
Not just for sending out a weekly church newsletter. But also for my daily walk as a disciple of Jesus.
Here’s how I use it.
At the start of the month/week I schedule a number of daily (private) emails to send myself at different times during the day.
These are the emails I send myself:
- 6AM – Daily reading from The Big Read book we’re reading together at Banstead Community Church.
- 9AM – Personal Prayers.
- 9AM – 3-500 words of Matthew Henry’s Commentary.
- 12PM – Church Prayers.
- 12PM – 3-500 words of a Systematic Theology.
- 6PM – 3-500 words of a Puritan book.
- 10PM – Evening Prayers.
“Pastor, your private prayer for your church family is a strategic ministry.
Suggestion: Carve out time to work through the membership directory of your church and pray through each name/family.”
Date for next year’s EMA is 12-14 June 2018.
“Preaching has a professional danger – preaching that we’ve been to places spiritually that we’ve never been, such as calling men to repent when we have never repented ourselves. Nothing is more powerful when God’s Word is preached by a man whose heart has been sanctified by what he is preaching.” (R Kent Hughes)