The next Smallfires event will be on Saturday 4th February at 7pm. The venue is STK (St Thomas Church, Kendal).

It’s going to look a little different. I’ll be speaking and sharing some ideas around the theme of ‘Think Church’. There will be good coffee and conversation.

Hope to see you there.

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I’ve hit a wall. It’s painful, but it’s an opportunity to grow… start. Re-imagine.

I’ve realised that the problem isn’t me, the problem is always just the problem. You can step back and move forward with fresh perspective.

It feels like God intended for us to wrestle with life in this way… beauty born out of chaos and then art found in the constant struggle of trying to capture the moment.

The more scared we become, the more convinced we should be about keeping going. The greater the resistance, the greater the importance. Momentum is everything. So what’s missing?


Credit > This post was partly inspired by ‘The War of Art’ by Stephen Pressfield.

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What are we generating, in the here and now, and for the future, with our words and our actions?

What kinds of words are we speaking – to others, but also to ourselves, in our own heads?

Our words have impact. Psychologically and emotionally, spiritually even. We can crush or build up.

Our actions and behaviours have a resonance. They influence others in the here and now, and for the future. As we interact with one another we create a culture. This happens around us all the time.

How about if we decide to be intentional about it, what kind of culture do we want to create? What might we choose to speak and say in order for aspects of that intentional culture to develop?

What changes do we want to see in the world around us? What are we hoping for in the future?

What would we like to see happen in our community? What words that are lovely, noble, excellent, praise-worthy, good and true can we speak into this situation? What new hoped-for situations can we start describing and imagining into words…

Let’s start speaking to one another about what we are creating. This is how visions are birthed, dreams come alive and ideas gain momentum.

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Starting something creates the possibility of failure. Most ideas fail or break, most initiatives don’t work.

Change is powerful but comes with failure guaranteed. I believe that failure is OK – as long as you start.

Jesus started. He turned up, he initiated and got involved. I want to be more like Jesus. If we’re not making or being the difference it’s probably because we’re afraid to fail. I want to be someone that starts. I want to be part of a generation of church that starts.

Here’s the idea – it’s probably not perfect (it doesn’t need to be – it’s a start!) — encounter God/be changed/be equipped/be engaged within the local church.

Let’s start.

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