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Leadership or Shepherding?

I've just been reminded of some notes I took at 300Leaders in 2010 of Tope Koleoso's session on 'the Gospel and leadership'. Some excellent distinctions here. Leadership is Organisation Shepherding is a people Leadership is Success Shepherding is faithfulness...

Gay Marriage: Now What?

Al Mohler and Mark Dever discuss the topic of gay marriage at Together for the Gospel (T4G) 2012.  

The Conviction to Lead

Available for Kindle download now or pre-order on Amazon now, Al Mohler's forthcoming releases 'The Conviction to Lead' promises to deliver a fresh and needed look at what is missing in our churches in terms of leadership.  In an age where many churches seem to be...

Faith, Hope and Scratch-cards.

Yesterday I stopped off at a newsagents to pick some sweets for my course delegates.  I went to pay and stood behind woman in her late 40's and watched as she counted the last pound of change she had in 5p, 2p and 1p pieces and then asked for 'a number 9' looking...

Should Christians celebrate Halloween? – Other Perspectives.

Mez McConnell is a good friend and dear brother of mine and is working in one of the toughest areas in the UK. He has republished his post from last year. Al Mohler is a respected theologian and has written a recent post on his blog on this issue. Can I suggest,...

On the move

 Well I've finally got around to moving my blog across from and putting it onto my own domain.  I've migrated all the posts, comments and history across to so everything is here. I will still leave everything at DCHB, but...

How Too Much Discipleship Was Hurting Our New Christians

I don't know anyone else in the UK who is doing what Mez is doing at Niddrie. If there is one thing that I have admired about Mez over the years, it's his tenacity in the face of popular descent. Both he and Miriam can look back at a succession of 'monuments to...

Shepherd Hunting

Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. (John 13:16 ESV) It's now 9 years since I came out of the pastorate. I hesitate to use the word leave -  it wasn't my choice.  It was an odd...

Welcome to the Blog of Steve Utley

Thanks for dropping by.  I hope that there’ll be something of use or interest to you on my blog.  Please feel free to drop me a line or comment  on a post – just make sure that comments are relevant or move the subject forward.  Please also check out the links as well.  Please bear with me as I’ve just migrated to another host, so I am re-building for sites and this one is bottom of the list!  Steve Sep 2016

About me

Hi, I’m Steve Utley, I’m 49 and I lead Grace Church in Broadstone, Dorset.  I’m married with two great kids and my passion is being a follower of Jesus Christ and helping others follow him too.  Click the button if you want to know the boring details!

Grace Church

Grace Church is a pioneering church plant in Broadstone Dorset.

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Sovereign Grace

Gospel Centred Church Planting.


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Together for the Gospel

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