G.L.A.D. – A church near you?

At a conference I attended recently one of the speakers – going ‘off piste’ from his subject of The Environment – started musing openly about various facets of church life, increasing in confusion until he finished with ‘…but what is church anyway?’.

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“For goodness sake, is it really that complicated?” I thought, as I do so often nowadays when people pontificate in confusion on this subject.

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Anyway, I have my own mnemonic for the simple definition of an effective church, which is G.L.A.D. – being

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G – gathered in worship, praise and prayer

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L – learning together from experience and scripture

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A – active in witness and service inside and outside the church

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D – distinctive as a community – living well in difficult times.

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So, how do you become an effective church leader?

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Keep it simple and focus on these few key essentials of an effective church.

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(… closely related to ‘The Big Four of Discipleship’)

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