Nigel Ring on June 8th, 2017

Jesus said ‘It is finished’ as he hung on the cross and yielded up his spirit. This was no cry of relief that the pain was over but rather a shout of victory! Will you be able to say someday ‘It is finished’ with the same confidence that Jesus had? Do you know what your ‘it’ is? […]

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Nigel Ring on May 10th, 2017

In this concluding part of the series I want to continue to help church leaders in the challenging task of ensuring that all members are achieving their God-given place of service in the local church, particularly, in this context, the older members. Crowning Years Recently I attended the thanksgiving service for Alun Davies, a godly […]

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Nigel Ring on May 3rd, 2017

I now want to speak to church leaders. One of your primary responsibilities is to present every one of your members ‘mature in Christ’ (Col 1:28) – a life-long process that does not end at ‘retirement’! It includes helping them to reach their full potential and bring their gifting to the benefit of the community. When we […]

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Nigel Ring on April 25th, 2017

Homework – did you do it? Last time I urged you to list the things you felt you could contribute to the church at this stage in your life. I hope you were obedient! I would now like to add some suggestions to your list. Discipleship and mentoring Jesus’ final command was to go and make disciples […]

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Nigel Ring on April 19th, 2017

Defining your current gifting and capacity If you believe that God has not finished with you, you have a responsibility to wait on him to discover what he has for you in this season of life. It may well differ from what you have been used to. Your previous energy and capacity have probably diminished. […]

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Nigel Ring on April 12th, 2017

Those in their latter years What is your attitude now that you are beginning to feel the aches and pains which come with age? What is your attitude to the current church leadership, maybe those who carry the responsibility you once carried? Be grace-filled not grumpy! Battles for each generation I am saddened when I […]

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Nigel Ring on April 5th, 2017

Every family sees the passing of generations. As the Newfrontiers family experiences increasing longevity – nearly 36 years have passed since Terry Virgo drew together the first team (see my recent blog ‘A team is born’) – there is the inevitability of those involved in the early years growing older, both church members and those who […]

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Nigel Ring on November 4th, 2015

Recently I offered to answer questions related to church administration. While responding direct to the enquirer I felt that some answers might be of wider interest. Question It is increasingly difficult to motivate people to join a team and to stay on in that particular team; most people leave the team or lose interest in […]

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Nigel Ring on June 28th, 2014

The Book I have now shared with you the burden of my heart in helping people to find their place of service in the church. As I have already mentioned the material is embodied in the 100 page book Discover and Serve. This includes not only the teaching but all the materials you need to […]

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The final part of our Serving Profile considers Temperament and Spiritual Maturity. Temperament This has already been considered in Part 27. People are asked to indicate where they feel they come in considering the following statements by placing X in the box at the appropriate point along the 4-point scale. 1. I prefer working on […]

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