Wise counsel One of our speakers at the first two Downs Bible Weeks in 1979 and 1980 was Bryn Jones, visionary and apostolic leader of Harvestime, later to become Covenant Ministries International (CMI). He had pioneered much through the ’70s and had taken a lot of ‘flack’ for his stance on the baptism of the […]

Continue reading about The roots of Newfrontiers – a personal reflection pt 6. A Team is born

Nigel Ring on March 7th, 2012

As we come to the final part of this series I want to look at Phil 2:4-8, the heart of what Jesus has modelled for us in total unselfishness, putting our interests before his own, even to the extent of laying down his life for us. Over the last 30 years I have had the […]

Continue reading about Teams that work – pt 15. Supporting one another

Nigel Ring on February 27th, 2012

Selfishness and bad attitude There are few more difficult members to have in a team than those who have their own hidden agendas. The selfish footballer who wants to score the goal when he should have passed the ball, or the cricket batsman who is more interested in his seasonal average than the welfare of […]

Continue reading about Teams that work – pt 14. Pulling together or apart?

Nigel Ring on February 15th, 2012

I have ben using Phil 2:1 to look at some of the features which create a positive environment in which a team can work. We shall now look at the characteristics and attitudes of the team itself through the next few verses. Complete joy As a team leader on many occasions and in many situations […]

Continue reading about Teams that work – pt 13. A United Team

Nigel Ring on February 3rd, 2012

The atmosphere and ethos in which a team operates are important for success. Here I continue to look at some of the characteristics of a positive environment based Phil 2:1. Love The ability to encourage comes from a root of love. God is love – what better reason for being able to love one another? […]

Continue reading about Teams that work – pt 12. A positive context

Nigel Ring on January 27th, 2012

My last posting on Teams was last year, at the end of November. Since then I posted a series of ‘one off’ blogs and also took a Christmas break. Now I would like to return to this series on ‘Teams that work’. But first I would like to talk about books. I was greatly encouraged […]

Continue reading about Teams that work – pt 11. Togetherness

Nigel Ring on November 27th, 2011

Initiator/Responder Continuing our ‘pairs’ of personality characteristics we will now consider the Initiator/Responder. This pairing is close to, but not identical with, Creator/Implementer. The Initiator is someone who wants to get on with the task in hand and is not frightened to take initiative. He or she will be willing to take the lead if […]

Continue reading about Teams that work – pt 10. Personality 2

Nigel Ring on November 21st, 2011

Personality tests? There are many personality tests which allow you and your colleagues to score yourselves in response to various questions. These result in defining you with particular personality types. For the team, or for serving in a church, I have found that a rather more pragmatic approach is often sufficient. Often people demonstrate certain […]

Continue reading about Teams that work – pt 9. Personality 1

Nigel Ring on November 14th, 2011

Matching need with availability Recently we explored the appointment of another trustee for the local church. (In the UK all churches have to be within a charity structure). The person I wanted (I am Chair) would have much to contribute and would complement the gifting already on the trustee body. But he is a very […]

Continue reading about Teams that work – pt 8. Time availability

Nigel Ring on November 9th, 2011

Spiritual maturity Any team leader would like spiritually mature people on his team. Clearly, when building an apostolically-appointed eldership team this is not negotiable. Elders must have their own walk with God and be able to ‘take the rough with the smooth’ without falling apart. The people who are following must have the security that […]

Continue reading about Teams that work – pt 7. Spiritual maturity