Nigel Ring on March 23rd, 2011

So far we have seen the importance of clearly defining goals at different levels and the associated assumptions we are making if they are to be achieved. These columns are the first and fourth columns in a 4×4 matrix. To complete the matrix we must separate these two columns and insert two more. These additional […]

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Nigel Ring on March 9th, 2011

Having seen the importance of recognising the assumptions we are making in planning a specific ministry we will now return to the example we have been using to illustrate how to use the Logframe, the ministry among homeless people in Brighton. We will consider some of the assumptions that must apply for success at each […]

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Nigel Ring on February 28th, 2011

Assumptions and Risk In order to carry out specific activities and to reach certain goals there are, inevitably, assumptions that have to be made. Indeed, not only is it important to be aware of these assumptions as the one leading the ministry but any potential donor is also interested as they represent the level of […]

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Continuing to consider the Logframe as a planning tool we shall now look at the left hand column of the Logical Framework Matrix: Goals Purpose Outcomes Activities Goals In the development world the Goal may arise out of a national or sectoral policy e.g. HIV in sub Saharan Africa. However, it need not be this […]

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Nigel Ring on February 14th, 2011

Planning ministry is all about having a vision to produce ‘Oaks of righteousness’, people who are currently poor or disadvantaged but who can be equipped practically and, with the transforming impact of the gospel, can become all that God intended. So far we have looked at two steps in the planning process. The Problem Tree […]

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Nigel Ring on February 1st, 2011

Last time we saw how a careful analysis reveals some of the underlying causes of the conspicuous problem an individual faces. As our example we took Multiple Deprivation as evidenced in an individual’s homelessness. If we are to offer a long-lasting sustainable solution to help that person have the dignity of long-term independence it is […]

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Nigel Ring on January 24th, 2011

What is a Problem Tree? When we look at a tree in nature we tend to focus on the fruit, and maybe the overall shape, the leaves and the bark. These are ways that help us define the type of tree. But if we look more closely we may notice that it looks unhealthy. To […]

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Nigel Ring on January 18th, 2011

What is God saying? This must be the start of any ministry in the church. If ever we start a ministry because ‘we ought to’ rather than because we sense God’s leading it will rapidly become a dead work; those running it will burn out and the fruit will be negligible. So how do we […]

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Nigel Ring on January 10th, 2011

A story 25 years ago the elders of our local church (Church of Christ the King) were approached to launch a ‘soup kitchen’ in Brighton. Because the people concerned clearly had gifting and passion we endorsed their initiative and let them explore what God had for them. This is an important principle – build to […]

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Nigel Ring on January 3rd, 2011

First, I do hope you had a great Christmas celebrating Jesus’ birth and also having family and friends around you. I am aware that for some Christmas is a difficult time and if this applied to you I trust that you knew God’s grace for the circumstances. May 2011 be a fruitful and fulfilling year […]

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