From These Shores holds regular Bible Teaching meetings across the United Kingdom. If you are a pastor and want to connect with these local meetings, you may have some questions and concerns. This page tries to answer many of the major questions a pastor may have.
From These Shores is not here to replace the local church. The emphasise of From These Shores is teaching, as well as stirring hunger for the Word of God and revival.
- How will these local meetings benefit the local church?
- Why do people need more Bible teaching? Surely they can get all the teaching they need from church.
- I feel I can provide my church members with all the training they need. Why do they need more Bible teaching?
- I am concerned that if my church members attend a your meetings, they will leave my church.
- Are you planning to use these teaching meetings to start your own church in my area?
- What if my church members learn so much that they no longer need me or feel they know more than me?
- You do not currently do meetings in my area, but I want to connect and would love you to do Teaching meetings in my area
- Are you teaching a particular denominational point of view?
How will these local meetings benefit the local church?
From These Shores is a teaching ministry, not a church. Where possible, I endeavour to connect with local churches and pastors. I have been teaching the Bible for over 24 years and have a large amount of experience teaching in churches and Bible Colleges.
When church members get extra training, they can become more effective in their local church. As they grow spiritually through teaching, many of them will put more time into their church and helping their pastor. Their desire for God and His Word increases as they are taught.
Many pastors struggle because they lack trained leaders and helpers by their side. They are having to do all the work of the ministry themselves. In my experience, people who are trained in the Word become a strength to their local church.
Many Christians these days are crying out for more Bible teaching. For some, the only way to get this is to move out of their area to a Bible School elsewhere in the country. By bringing this teaching to local areas, this heart cry for teaching can be met locally, meaning people can stay in their local churches as they learn more.
Why do people need more Bible teaching? Surely they can get all the teaching they need from my church.
Jesus did not set the church up so that one single gift or ministry carries all the anointing needed for a believer’s growth. Ephesians 4 talks about the different gifts and ministries Jesus gave into the church. No one person should feel that they can provide Christians with all they need.
Jesus placed various ministry Gifts in His church. It was never His plan that people should get everything from one person. Healthy spiritual growth occurs by being exposed to more than one ministry gift.
A pastor should not feel that all responsibility lies upon them and their gift alone. The teaching anointing and gift is a powerful grace given by God that helps people. Often, a teacher is able to open up and explains principles in a new light that will help people. While anyone can potentially teach, there is a grace and anointing that goes with a specific teaching calling.
I am concerned that if my church members attend your meetings, they will leave my church.
Good Bible teaching will make your members more effective in their local church, not leave it. These teaching meetings will help believers grow, become stirred up about God and His Word. That will add to the life of the local church, not take away from it.
In the years that I have been involved in teaching in Bible Colleges, I have seen many pastors encouraged that their church members become more useful to their church by getting more teaching.
Are you planning to use these teaching meetings to start your own church in my area?
There are no plans to start churches locally out of these meetings. They are not a means of church planting, nor a replacement for church attendance and involvement. People still need to attend their own local church as well.
God has not called me to pastor or to start churches. He has called me to bring teaching into the lives of Christians.
My goal is to serve and assist the local area to provide solid scriptural teaching to help individual believers to grow in their walk with God.
Through the years, I have worked with pastors as an itinerant (travelling teacher), inputting into other people’s churches and Ministries. I have always made sure that my efforts in churches as an itinerant help strengthen and build that local church.
What if my church members learn so much that they no longer need me or feel they know more than me?
Having church members who understand the Bible better is not a threat to the local church. It is a strength and support to the local church.
If your church members are growing in understanding of the Bible, that is good for you and your church. As they mature spiritually, they can begin to help more in your church and help carry the load of running the church, this will free you up to focus more on specific areas that God has called you to. It will help build your Ministry team and church staff.
Also, if you feel your church members may learn more than you through these Bible teaching meetings, then you are welcome to attend the meetings too. Showing your church members your own hunger to learn and grow in the Word will set an example for them to do so too.
We are all learning and growing, so there is no reason to feel like you should know it all already. Personally, I appreciate it when I am able to learn from someone else.
Pastors are often giving out to others constantly. Sometimes, it is good to have someone input into you as well. This will strengthen you to be more effective.
You do not currently do meetings in my area, but I want to connect and would love you to do Teaching meetings in my area
You are welcome to contact me to discuss starting regular teaching meetings in your area.
Right now, my intention is not to travel into a specific church occasionally. These meetings are intentionally designed to be regular (monthly) Bible Teaching meetings to raise the calibre of teaching throughout local areas.
The regular meetings are held under the name of From These Shores, rather than one local church name. The meetings in areas are open to all believers from all churches.
Are you teaching a particular denominational point of view?
My emphasise is the Word of God. I draw people onto the Bible and not onto one particular denominational point of view. I encourage people to get to know the Bible for themselves and to check in the Word what I am teaching. Also, hunger for teaching increases hunger for the Word and people often start to read their own Bibles more too.
Of course, there will always be those who ‘categorise’ and label any teaching, but the important question is: is it scriptural? I endeavour to give a strong scriptural backing for everything I teach using well interpreted scripture.
Pastors, please contact me to chat more. I am happy to address your concerns or talk about holding Bible School classes in your church.