6 Steps To Becoming A Great Teacher

6 Steps To Becoming A Great Teacher

We have many wonderful Connect Group leaders in our Church. If you want to be a better Connect Group leader, then you need to become a better teacher. Teaching is a great skill that will help you grow in leadership – whether at Church or in business. Here are 6 quick steps to becoming a great teacher: 1. Get Excited You need to be excited …


Love the Soil

Love the Soil, Church Planting in Japan

I love living in Tokyo. It’s an amazing city and has even more amazing people in it! In the last 14 years, I’ve seen an increasing number of buildings, both large and small, make use of the limited space in this city of 40 million people, a city renowned for being the largest on earth. Occasionally, one might come upon an unusual sight. Between the …


Dear Young Pastor

Dear Young Pastor, Tokyo

I have always been a big believer that one of the greatest roles of an experienced or older pastor is to empower young pastors and leaders. In this blog we are going to look at 4 simple things Paul, an older pastor, imparted to Timothy, a young pastor. 2 Tim 4:5 (NIV) 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the …


Living Out of Our Calling

Living Out of Our Calling-Tokyo Night

We all want to be fruitful. But sometimes we don’t see the the fruit we are believing for. Of course there are many things that can stop us from being fruitful, but I want to talk about one reason today – losing confidence in our calling. Let’s have a look at this powerful scripture on calling. John 15:14-17 (NIV) [14] You are my friends if …


Truth in Love

Truth and Love - Feature Image

There are so many important biblical truths that need to be in balance with other truths to be life changing. One of these very important balances is between truth and love. Ephesians 4:14-16 (NLT) Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to …


Discipling with Joy!

Discipling with joy! & jumping with

Jesus was the ultimate disciple maker! If we want to fulfill his command to go make disciples of all nations we should always look to him. In Luke 10, Jesus sent out 72 disciples to go ahead to the towns where Jesus was to go. They came back filled with joy and rejoicing at all the miracles they saw. In verse 21 it talks about …


Shaking Off Disappointment

Shaking Off Disappointment, picture of Jesus' Feet

When we are living a lifestyle of reaching out to people, we will always have to deal with the fact that not everyone will respond to the message of Jesus. Some people will turn down opportunities to talk with us, to become friends with us, to visit church with us. Others will make it all the way to church and beyond but eventual decide not …

What’s The Mission of the Church?

Whats the Mission of the Church? It's the same mission Jesus had

Luke 19:9-10 (NIV) (9) Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. (10) For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” This was a great moment of salvation. Zacchaeus the tax collector turned away from his old way of living and looked to Jesus. I sense the joy …


Is Ministry The Most Important Role of a Pastor?

Is Ministry The Most Important Role of a Pastor?

Jesus is our ultimate example and as pastors and leaders we should always look first to his example. This week I wanted to highlight the fact that not only did Jesus minister to the multitudes he also coached or discipled the few. So have a look at these two very important roles – ministry and coaching. Ministry We all know Jesus ministered to people. This …


Disciple With Joy

Disciple with joy

Discipleship sometimes has a bad name. Or a no name. It’s ignored or disliked. Why? Here are some reasons I’ve heard:- ‘Too much hard work.’ ‘It’s unfruitful in the short term’ ‘There have been some very bad models.’ ‘There’s no joy in it.’ But … Jesus was the best discipler. And he told us all ‘go and make disciples’ (Mat 28:19) And he discipled with …