TO PAPER PLANES, a resource for churches and leadership teams. Our aim is to share practical content on a range of vital themes and topics, with a particular focus on helping you play your part in building beautiful churches.

The contributors are friends who’ve worked in ministry together for many years – planting, establishing and strengthening churches in the UK and overseas. We love Jesus and His church and we write and share on matters we feel really passionate about! We hope you enjoy exploring the site and find the content encouraging and envisioning…

David Lyon



Apostles & Prophets

After His ascension, Jesus began giving precious gifts to his church, as expressions of his grace – apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:7-11).  As we have written elsewhere, these ‘fivefold’ gifts equip the church for its ministry and are essential if the church is to be built-up and to reach unity, maturity and […]

Ministry Recognition: What should we be looking for?

Ephesians chapter 4 makes clear to us that the ‘fivefold’ ministries of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers are Gifts given by the ascended Lord Jesus Christ to His church, and that all of them are essential if the church is to be built-up and to come to unity and maturity; they are vital parts […]

Eldership: A Dynamic, Noble Task!

Any familiarity we may have with the New Testament pictures of elders as overseers and shepherds must not allow us to miss the important details of this “noble task” (1 Timothy 3:1) or to become detached in any way from the dynamic realities of the NT.  This article is written especially for elders and their […]