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Terminating ministry – an issue which has yet to be dealt with

A letter sent by our Chair Rev Dr Paul Beasley-Murray to Baptist Times which did not get published there. On 11 August 2005 The Baptist Times published an article entitled ‘Terminating Ministry’ in which I argued for the appointment of a “minister’s advocate” when relationships break down between a minister and the church. Fifteen years […]

New Year’s Resolutions – a Bible Reading Plan through Luke’s Gospel

I am beginning the New Year talking about New Year’s Resolutions and share a few ideas in case they might be useful to you. I am seeking to inspire my folk to greater discipleship by presenting ten possible worthy resolutions in the hope that they might each wish to commit to a few of them. […]

How can we make disciples?

In the Great Commission, Jesus told his disciples, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20) But what does making disciples mean in practice? What can churches […]

What do clergy do all week?

Ministers are sometimes unkindly described as “six days invisible, on the seventh day incomprehensible.” This month I am celebrating thirty years in ministry. Back when I began, veteran ministers advised me that a minister’s time would usually be spent in the study in the mornings, out visiting in the afternoons and at meetings in the […]

Priests for Today – Does Christian Ministry have a Future?

Posted by Rev Peter Thomas – Minister of North Springfield Baptist Church and Treasurer of CBM. The priests in the Old Testament, the Tribe of Levi, had very special duties and very special privileges. They were the cornerstone of the faith and religion of Israel. The word priest or priesthood occurs a staggering 937 times in […]

The value of Pastoral Supervision

Member of CBM Board, Rev Dr Paul Goodliff introduces Pastoral Supervision. I have been indebted to pastoral supervision from 2010–2014 in my then role as Head of Ministry for BUGB, and before that throughout the nineteen-nineties when last in pastoral charge in Hertfordshire. When I began my current pastorate in Abingdon in 2015 I immediately […]

Let us be concerned for our brother and sister ministers: Some reflections from Paul Beasley-Murray

Years ago, when I was a teenager, I was briefly into photography. I had an uncle who had a ‘dark room’ and he taught me how to develop my own black and white photographs. He also showed me how attaching a yellow filter to the lens of my camera could bring out things of which […]

The passionate leader

An article from Rev Dr Paul Beasley-Murray, Chair of CBM, from his blog www.paulbeasleymurray.com   I believe that first and foremost today’s pastors need to be leaders – and passionate leaders at that. Let me quote from the introduction to The Passionate Leader: The Four Foundations of Leadership which I have just co-authored with my […]

Making the most of “Ministry Sunday”

An article from Rev Dr Paul Beasley-Murray, Chair of CBM, from his blog www.paulbeasleymurray.com   Traditionally the third Sunday in Advent has been associated with the ministry of the church. On this day the lectionary readings focus on John the Baptist, the Forerunner.  So in the Church of England next Sunday the Gospel reading for […]

The Marks of Ministry in 2 Corinthians

This sermon is by Rev Peter Thomas, minister of North Springfield Baptist Church and CBM Treasurer. It comes from his blog at www.pbthomas.com/blog   The Church in Corinth was established around 51 AD through the preaching of the apostle Paul. We read in Acts 18 how Paul stayed with Aquila and Priscilla and worked with […]