Willow Creek Association UK & Ireland

Culture Vulture – Part 4 – Chris Stoddard

Matt Wilson, National Director of the Eden Network talks about reaching people in relation to ‘turf’ and ‘terms’. We tend to structure our outreach around our terms and on our turf – come to us and we’ll evangelise you. The radical and potentially scary option is to do what Jesus did and go onto their […]

Culture Vulture – Part 3 – Chris Stoddard

We all see the world around us through a particular filter which we call our ‘world view’.  As believers we also tend to see the church through a filter as well and often can only imagine doing ‘church’ things in a particular way. The fact is that the culture around us is very different and […]

Culture Vulture – Part 2 – Chris Stoddard

Nearly 20 years ago as a Baptist pastor I was responsible for introducing Seeker Services to our church in Aylesbury which, looking back, required a huge change in our culture at the time. After 3 trial runs we committed to a weekly programme which lasted for 8 years. I naively thought people would quickly get […]

Culture Vulture – Part 1 – Chris Stoddard

‘Culture permeates all aspects of any society. It acts as the basic fabric that binds people together, it dictates tastes in music, clothes, and even the political and philosophical views of any group of people’ M. Jason Martin, University of Central Florida. A common definition of culture is –‘the way we do things around here’. […]

How to Fail at Failing – James Emery White

How do you fail at failing? According to a recent article in Time magazine, all you have to do is study the recent collapse of Blockbuster. “Yes, the movie-rental firm was doomed,” Stephen Gandel writes, “But the ending could have been a lot better.”   There was little doubt that the practice of driving to a […]

Becoming an Innovative Organisation Webcast – Jim Mellado & Guests

The pace of change today requires churches to follow one of two paths: Innovate or very quickly become irrelevant and ultimately ineffective in your core mission. This webcast series allowed leaders and teams to increase their personal and organizational capacity for innovation. The series was hosted by WCA President Jim Mellado and WCA Executive Vice-President […]

Let Us Pray, Drum and YouTube – James Emery White

Let Us Pray, Drum and YouTube by James Emery White (July 2009) “Let us pray, drum and YouTube.”   So went the recent headline in the London Telegraph.   According to Religious Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Wynne-Jones, “Christian services that feature DJs, songs by the Irish band U2 and prayers for the chief executives of Google […]

Barnes and Noble, USA Today and the Church – James Emery White

“How did Barnes and Noble fall so far so fast?” This was the question asked by James B. Stewart of the Wall Street Journal as the giant bookstore chain put itself up for sale this month.    Simple answer? The internet.  More to the point, the internet of amazon.com, kindle, the iPad, e-readers and digital books. […]

Out of the Culture – John Burke

What is Out of the Culture? from Out of the Culture on Vimeo. Notes: The western Church is continuing to lose ground in terms of the culture becoming the church. The average person in our culture doesn’t see that the message of Jesus is exactly what they’re seeking because there’s so much misconception on what it […]

Church Website Excellence

During his last visit to the UK, James Emery White spoke of the importance of churches prioritising their website as a ministry tool because of the opportunities it presents to enquirers and members alike. Thus we are compiling a list of good ideas we come across on church websites which we hope will prove helpful in your website […]