Talking to Teens

Today's teens are reporting higher levels of emotional distress than any before them. How do we support teens and young people with…


Nothing that you do for God is a waste of time or effort

Have you ever looked back on certain times of your life and wondered – what was that all about? OR perhaps you invested in a friendship…


Is it time to buy new shoes?

I bought my 'super-special" Gortex walking shoes back in the early Autumn of 2001. They are the most expensive 'shoes' I've ever bought,…


Waiting for dawn

This week I have been thinking about Psalm 23 (that one about the Lord is my Shepherd) - and specifically verse 4, a well known line which…


Everyone should be like Violet Evelyn Bailey

“We could all be sponsored to have our heads shaved” suggested Linda Jones, my PA. The thought terrified me and I was quick to say no - I…


The day I shaved my head…

“We could all be sponsored to have our heads shaved” suggested Linda Jones, my PA. The thought terrified me and I was quick to say no - I…


Good intentions don’t always lead to good decisions

When I look back on my 18 years at Urban Saints, there is one moment in particular that I still feel the pains of great regret. If I could…


When sleep won’t come

Insomnia is a reality that is incredibly common. In fact occasional insomnia - having trouble falling or staying asleep - is considered a…


Lessons from my £100,000 mistake

It wasn't a great start to my second year at Crusaders!In September 2001, we were hoping for over 3,000 young people to attend a massive…


It’s #oktosay – how talking about mental health in church could help us ALL feel better

Recent weeks have seen a media focus on mental health, encouraging us to have honest conversations about the often tricky world of feelings…


Can you really trust God?

It wasn't a great start to my second year at Crusaders!In September 2001, we were hoping for over 3,000 young people to attend a massive…


Tracking well – or going off the tracks?

Technology is everywhere - and its great! The recent addition of new family member ‘Alexa’ to our kitchen has produced many new…


The thing that God longs for the most

It was 2001 and I was half-asleep in an early morning breakfast devotional time at an Urban Saints staff conference. Tired voices did their…


Are you rowing or sailing?

I like to work hard! I really do! It comes naturally to me - particularly when I'm captivated by an inspirational goal! I'm an ENTJ on the…


Boundaries in pastoral care

So, you’re a church leader. And you’re involved in pastoral care. But what exactly are ‘boundaries’ and how can they help you, and the…


Check God’s compass

It was a cold November evening when I was in the office late at Crusaders back in the year 2000. I'd been working for the organisation for…


True humility

When I came to Urban Saints over 18 years ago, I was a little concerned that I would struggle with ego. Leaders of national organisations,…