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Author: David Faulkner

Christian. Husband. Dad. Methodist minister. Introvert. Evangelical. Amateur photographer. Tottenham Hotspur supporter.
The Purpose-Deficit Church

The Purpose-Deficit Church

In his self-help book ‘Fishing For Happiness‘, Joe Simonds quotes Ryan Deiss, founder of Digital Marketer: “Companies don’t fail to grow because of websites, locations, people, equipment, stock prices, or any other excuse that dying companies try to blame for their tough times or bad luck. “Instead, companies fail to grow when they lose sight of their mission and purpose in the world. They begin to die when they forget about why they were started in the first place. They…

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Music For Good Friday

Music For Good Friday

This may not be the most ‘misfit’ of posts, but it’s hard to mark Good Friday without singing Isaac Watts‘ ‘When I Survey The Wondrous Cross‘. It is like a powerful, concise sermon set to music. For most of my life, the standard tune has been ‘Rockingham’, but I have come to prefer ‘O Waly Waly’, which is now listed as an alternative tune in some books. Why? When my sister and I were growing up, our Dad was under…

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How To Kill Methodism (And Other Christian Traditions, For That Matter)

How To Kill Methodism (And Other Christian Traditions, For That Matter)

In my lifetime, I have heard all sorts of reasons advanced for the decline of the church, including the Methodist Church. of which I am a part. Television. Sunday sport. Broken families. New atheists. World War One. The Swinging Sixties. Postmodernism. And it’s largely bunk. We aren’t being killed by outside forces, we’re doing a pretty good job ourselves. Our story is one of slow motion suicide. In a blog post on the 100 Movements website, missiologist Alan Hirsch cites…

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How The Church Colludes In The Dangerous Myth Of The Omnicompetent Minister

How The Church Colludes In The Dangerous Myth Of The Omnicompetent Minister

Anyone who has been a minister more than five minutes knows they are not good at everything the rôle demands. And any half-decent congregation knows they cannot expect their minister to excel in every department. A common solution is to accept the imperfection, and look for different strengths in the next minister (who will have a new collection of weaknesses). We lecture those church members who complain about a minister’s failure in the omnicompetence department. When church leadership teams have had…

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Does The Church Need Visionaries Or Managers?

Does The Church Need Visionaries Or Managers?

“I’ve had an idea,” I told Debbie. “We should invite Dave Bilbrough to come to the church for a concert. It would help make people here feel that they matter just as much in a village as in a big town.” Debbie flashed me her practiced look of loving scorn. “OK – so who’s going to sell the tickets, who will do the sound, who will take on the refreshments, who will design the publicity?” There were probably quite a…

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Can An Introvert Minister Survive The Church?

Can An Introvert Minister Survive The Church?

She yanked me from my seat while I was still eating. “You should be going around to every table, speaking to everyone! You need to speak to Eddie!” It was the harvest festival lunch. Church members were sat around tables in the hall, consuming chicken salad. A family had invited me to sit with them at their table for the meal, and I had accepted. I was enjoying spending a prolonged time getting to know them. But she didn’t approve….

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Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to this blog. You may think the title is rather negative. Is this a place for whingeing? No. I hope not! It’s about being someone who doesn’t fit a lot of popular stereotypes as a minister in a mainstream church. And it’s about how we might live creatively in that tension. James K A Smith wrote in his book You Are What You Love: But let’s face it: all of us inhabit institutions – and perhaps especially churches – that we…

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