The Junction Church blog is a selection of thoughts, inspiration and idea’s from people who serve in the life of the church. We have two campuses: Loughborough and Leicester. The Junction Church Loughborough launched in 2012 and continues to grow from strength to strength with a thriving Sunday morning congregation as well as loads of mid-week events too. Our church in Leicester meets every Sunday, 5PM at the Attenborough Art Centre, Lancaster Road, LE1 7HA.

The blog page is regularly updated. So keep checking back to read the latest posts. If you enjoy them, let us know at info@junctionchurch.net

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FORGET BALANCE. THINK RHYTHM. 
by Roy Todd

There is something mind numbingly tedious about the word ‘balance’. It is often hoisted up as the pinnacle of all correctness which absolutely […]

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TOUCHING A NERVE
by Roy Todd

Recently, I was speaking at a Saturday evening conference meeting in Wales. Afterwards, we stayed in a hotel and planned […]

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WHY CHURCH HEALTH MATTERS 
by Roy Todd

There are some well used phrases which are treated as conventional wisdom. One of them is that ‘healthy things grow‘. Of course, there is […]

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GREAT UNITY STARTS WITH GREAT CULTURE 
by Roy Todd

In a nation that is as riven with divisions as ours, it’s refreshing to hear calls for unity growing ever louder. This […]

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WHEN YOUR HEART FEELS HURT 
by Roy Todd

There’s a fascinating story in Luke 24 about two men walking along the road to Emmaus (near Jerusalem). The vibe […]

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EXCELLENCE MATTERS.

I recently read an article which took aim at churches that pursue the value of excellence. The writer suggested church should be a messy […]

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V3 CONFERENCE 2017 
by Roy Todd

Later this year, the Junction Church in Leicester and Loughborough is hosting our first ever conference. It’s called V3. This stands for […]

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BITTERNESS VS BETTERNESS 
by Roy Todd

Someone once said that Christians are an Easter Sunday people living in a Good Friday world. Our faith has to manage the present […]

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GO AGAINST THE FLOW....

If the vibe of your everyday conversation tends to be voiced with sarcastic put downs and mean spirited ease, it is your right to […]

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WE DO ENCOURAGEMENT,

Wise people profoundly understand the difference between flattery and encouragement. It is perilous to mistake one for the other. Whereas flattery seeks to […]

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AGAINST THE ODDS 
by Roy Todd

If you ever find yourself entertaining the idea that the odds in life are heavily stacked against you, the way to […]

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WHY THE CHURCH NEEDS JOEL OSTEEN 
by Roy Todd

He’s one of the most offensive preachers in the world. His message sparks controversy everywhere he goes. Yet he packs […]

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WHY RELIGION HATES NOISE 
by Roy Todd

There’s a story in the bible about a blind beggar who caught wind that Jesus was in town. Upon hearing the […]

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7 TRAITS THAT BUILD TRUST 
by Roy Todd

No organisation will ever thrive in a low trust culture. It stunts growth, prevents progress and brings out the worst in other […]

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WHEN YOU SHED A TEAR,

Grief is something which all of us will go through at some point in our lives. This is not meant as a […]

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FIVE 'FRIENDSHIPS' THAT ARE FAKE 
by Roy Todd

In the insanely fast pace of our crazy world, wise people understand that real friendships can’t be rushed. They take time to cultivate […]

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REACHING OUT IS A CULTURE

Healthy churches are inclusive communities, constantly reaching out to those who don’t yet know Jesus. Archbishop Temple got it right when he […]

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CHARACTER & CHARISMA ARE FRIENDS 
by Roy Todd

Character and Charisma are like good friends who thrive off each other. One is about ability and the other is to do with integrity. If Charisma is […]

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WHAT THE FUTURE LOOKS LIKE...
by Roy Todd

Do you ever wonder what the future will look like? It’s a really good question. When we planted the Junction […]

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WILL YOU FINISH YOUR RACE?
by Roy Todd

Starting is easy – but finishing well is what REALLY matters. Looking back over 20 years of ministry, I’ve seen many […]

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QUIT THE NONSENSE -

We’re now well into the season of lent. This is a time when many Christians opt to give up things […]

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YOU'RE NOT MEANT TO 'FIT IN'
by Roy Todd

Are you ready for a shocking confession? Ok, here goes. All my life, I’ve never really felt like the kind […]

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YOU CAN'T OFFEND A DEAD MAN
by Roy Todd

A year ago, I brought six weeks of teaching to the Junction Church called ‘You can’t offend a dead man‘. […]

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THERE IS NO BOX
by Roy Todd

The term ‘out of the box’ is sometimes used to describe a way of thinking which breaks with conventional wisdom […]

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WHEN IT FEELS LIKE BRIAN & MARTHA

The 2017 Oscar ceremony will be remembered for just one thing…THAT moment when ‘La La Land’ was wrongly announced winner […]

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WHY WE DON'T NEED 'REVIVAL'
by Roy Todd

For years, Christians have talked about ‘revival’. Sermons have been preached on it, books written about it, theologies built upon […]

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LESSONS FROM LEICESTER CITY
by Roy Todd

If ever there was an example of a triumphant ascent to the heights of success followed by a traumatic descent […]

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BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART...
by Roy Todd

Jesus once said ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God‘ (Matthew 5:8). This can also be […]

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ORDINARY IS UNDERRATED
by Roy Todd

Don’t you just love Valentines Day every February 14th, huh? It’s that wonderful opportunity to view those lovely photographs of […]

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YOU'LL NEVER 'FEEL' READY
by Roy Todd

All the planning in the world won’t necessarily make you ‘feel’ ready for the moment when you have to act. When […]

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WATCH OUT...THERE'S A PHARISEE ABOUT!
by Roy Todd

Jesus harshest words were reserved for the religious establishment of his day – the Pharisees. It wasn’t that he didn’t […]

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5 THINGS THAT KILL HEALTHY CULTURE
by Roy Todd

Everyone loves the idea of being part of a healthy & vibrant church. But remember this: great churches don’t just […]

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STAYING SANE IN A WORLD OF CRAZY
by Roy Todd

The world has gone CRAZY lately! You’ve noticed, right? Actually, when has it ever been sane? History teaches us that when […]

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WHY CHRISTIANS RUIN GREAT SONGS
by Roy Todd

Christians have a habit of ruining really great songs. I think I know why. It’s because they sing them to […]

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BUY THE TRUTH AND DO NOT SELL IT
by Roy Todd

Proverbs 23:23 says ‘Buy the truth and do not sell it‘. Interestingly, the type of truth being referred to here is […]

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10 TRAITS OF GOOD & BAD LEADERSHIP
by Roy Todd

It was John Maxwell who said that ‘everything rises or falls on leadership‘. Leaders sets the tone and create the example […]

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5 TIPS FOR PRAYER & FASTING
by Roy Todd

Prayer & fasting is not only naturally beneficial but it has huge spiritual benefits too. It’s not something that should […]

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HOW'S YOUR SELF TALK?
by Roy Todd

As a communicator, it took me years to understand that there is no such thing as a monologue. Everything involves […]

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WHY WE LOVE OUR CHURCH
by Andrew & Hannah Mitchell

From the moment we arrived at the Junction Church, we knew we were at home here. ‘Yes, this is what we […]

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HE SETS ASIDE THE FIRST

Hebrews 10:9 says, ‘He sets aside the first to establish the second’. The context of this verse is to do with […]

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WHY GOALS MATTER
by Roy Todd

In a study conducted on the 1979 Harvard MBA programme, students were asked, “Have you set clear, written goals for […]

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START WELL - FINISH WELL
by Roy Todd

It’s good to start well – but it’s even better to finish well. The way you transition from one season […]

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HANDLING CRITICISM
by Roy Todd

If you should ever lift your head above the parapet of mediocrity and rise to the challenge of excellence, then […]

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A CHRISTMAS REFLECTION
by Roy Todd

The Christmas story is more grit than glam. The drawing on the right by artist Charlie Mackesy makes the point […]

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A QUESTION EVERY CHURCH MUST ADDRESS
by Roy Todd

A few years ago, I was invited to spend a day with the leadership of a large, well established church. […]

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TOXIC CULTURE VS HEALTHY CULTURE
by Roy Todd

No-matter how great a vision is, culture is what REALLY matters. It will either carry vision to life or crush it […]

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GRASS ISN'T GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE
by Roy Todd

There’s an old saying which says that ‘the grass is always greener on the other side.’ Problem is…if you travel […]

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THE PURPOSE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
by Roy Todd

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity (Father, Son, Spirit). It’s important to note that he’s a […]

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THE POWER TO CHOOSE
by Roy Todd

Some things in our lives are beyond our control. For example, none of us got to choose where we were […]

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WORDS
by Roy Todd

Words have the potential to do great good. For example, a word of encouragement can build up a person’s confidence […]

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WHAT ABOUT MONDAY?
by Roy Todd

No-matter how sacred a church service on Sunday might be, if it doesn’t relate to life on Monday, then something […]

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REFLECTING ON THE USA ELECTION
by Roy Todd

When I was invited to undertake a three week ministry trip to the USA in October/November 2016, I had no […]

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KEEPING IT REAL IN A WORLD OF FAKE
by Roy Todd

A few years ago, I bought what I thought was a high quality watch from a street market stall in […]

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OUTRAGED or OUTRAGEOUS?
by Roy Todd

The world feels pretty mean spirited at the moment. From the low skulduggery of politics to the grotesque selfishness of […]

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WHY TIME IS NOT A HEALER
by Roy Todd

They say that time is a great healer. But this really isn’t true. For example, when offence enters the heart, […]

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HILLSONG ALBUM REVIEW
by Joe Ohajunwa

The latest Hillsong Worship album is out and it is an ABSOLUTE blinder. You just have to get it. Hillsong are world […]

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FOUR YEARS ON...
by Roy Todd

Four years ago, the Junction Church in Loughborough had it’s first ever Sunday service in screen 3 of the Odeon […]

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THE OTHER SIDE OF ME
by Roy Todd

Ever wonder what it must be like to be on the other side of you?  While it’s never good to […]

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LEAVE THE DRAMA TO THE STAGE
by Roy Todd

If I could offer you a piece of advice as we enter 2017, it would be this; whatever happens this year, don’t […]

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NOBODY IS THAT GOOD
by Roy Todd

Last year, I sat in a men’s conference with a bunch of guys from the Junction Church and listened to […]

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BETTER TO BE FRESH THAN ORIGINAL
by Roy Todd

A wise man once observed that there is ‘nothing new under the sun’. Yet in a world of creativity, this […]

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SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE
by Roy Todd

I once heard an old composer advise a group of young musicians to resist the temptation of learning multiple instruments. […]

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LIVING FOR THE AUDIENCE OF ONE
by Roy Todd

Most people love the idea of serving…until they have to serve! Then the vibe often changes. That’s because serving is […]

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IS THE BATTLE REALLY WORTH IT?
by Roy Todd

Some battles in life are worth fighting. However, most aren’t. Yet so often, people waste hours, days or even years […]

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TALENT ISN'T THE ISSUE.

Albert Einstein once said ‘Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a […]

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HOW TO GET YOUR SPARKLE BACK
by Roy Todd

I’ll never forget the first time I visited Harrods. It was a mesmerising, almost magical experience. I’d been on a […]

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10 TRAITS OF HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
by Roy Todd

Our heart at the Junction Church in Leicester & Loughborough is to create a community where great friendships are formed […]

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IF YOU WANT TO GROW,

If you want to grow, then you need to get planted in God’s house. It’s that simple. Psalm 92:13 says […]

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THE PATH OF LEAST REGRET
by Roy Todd

When it comes to the art of decision making, it’s good to have a thinking mind, a prayerful heart and […]

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THE BLESSING OF

Recently, a couple who have been with us since the Junction Church was first planted in Loughborough came to speak […]

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HOW TO TELL IF IT'S GOOD ADVICE
by Roy Todd

We’ve all been faced with times in our lives when it seems like everybody is happy to offer us the […]

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IT'S ALL ABOUT YOUR HEART
by Roy Todd

One of the reasons why Jesus was such a compelling speaker was because he told incredible stories which connected with the […]

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HOLD YOUR NERVE & KEEP SHOWING UP
by Roy Todd

If you’re going through a difficult season in your life at the moment, I want to remind you of something […]

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WHY YOUR VIBE REALLY MATTERS
by Roy Todd

Your vibe matters. REALLY matters. Everybody carries a vibe. What’s yours? Whilst it’s never good to be self-obsessed, it’s always […]

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Dog collars: OUT. Skinny ripped jeans: IN

When asked what they think about ‘Church’, the word that will immediately come into the mind of a new generation […]

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MUSTN'T GRUMBLE

When I first started out in ministry, I lived in Yorkshire for a few years. One of the things I […]

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DEALING WITH DISCOURAGEMENT
by Roy Todd

Discouragement is something which virtually everyone faces at some point in their life. It’s causes can be wide and varied […]

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WHAT IS WORSHIP?
by Roy Todd

Worship is an important part of the life of the Junction Church Leicester & Loughborough. When it comes to styles of […]

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HOW TO BE MORE INTERESTING
by Roy Todd

Have you ever met a really interesting person? So what was it about them that provoked your fascination? Often, it’s […]

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CHURCH ISN'T PERFECT? YEAH RIGHT!
by Roy Todd

Most people say they don’t expect a perfect church. But lets be honest….we don’t really believe that do we? There’s a part of […]

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DON'T FACEBOOK YOUR PROBLEMS.

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who expresses their feelings of disgruntlement about someone or something else? How […]

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EMBRACE INTIMIDATION
by Roy Todd

A few years ago, just after we launched the Junction Church in Loughborough, I found myself in a Hillsong leaders […]

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POST EU REFERENDUM THOUGHTS
by Roy Todd

Britain has just emerged from it’s most bruising political campaign in modern history. The EU referendum displayed both the beauty and […]

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WHEN LIFE DOESN'T GO ACCORDING TO PLAN
by Jonah Dykes

What are you chasing after in life? Everyone’s got dreams, goals and targets they’re pursuing. Each person’s dream is personal […]

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HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF OTHERS
by Frazer Botham

In motorcycling there is a term called “target fixation”. This basically means that what you focus on is where you […]

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WHY ENGLAND REALLY LOST AT EURO 2016
by Roy Todd

After Leicester City’s incredible premiership victory which filled fans with pride & euphoria, the England national team could not have […]

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SIX QUALITIES OF GREAT LEADERS
by Roy Todd

The Junction Church is brimming with amazing people. It constantly amazes me how blessed we are by the sheer quality […]

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UNSUBSCRIBING FROM TOXIC ISSUES
by Roy Todd

Sometimes your most loving act is to unsubscribe from someone else’s toxic issues. Sounds harsh, right? Well let me explain. A toxic […]

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GOOD TO GREAT
by Musa Yusuff

Life is full of opportunity. Some are good and some are GREAT.
 The thing is, very often the opportunities that are great […]

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ON POINT!
by Frazer Botham

I recently gave a talk to our Leicester campus team which I thought I’d share with you. It’s really good […]

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THRIVING IN YOUR PROMISED LAND
by Chloe Williams

People who willingly pack their bags and leave the place that they’ve known as home all of their lives have […]

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JUNCTION CHURCH LEICESTER: UPDATE
by Roy Todd

Hey Church, I just wanted to update you with one or two developments regarding the Junction Church in Leicester which […]

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THE MYTH OF FEAR
by Roy Todd

Have you ever experienced fear in your life? Well I’d like to debunk the myth of fear. Here is the […]

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THREE TYPES OF PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE
by Roy Todd

The company you keep REALLY matters. Truth is…you will only ever grow to become like the people you spend most […]

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YOU GET WHAT YOU ATTRACT
by Roy Todd

Part of the art of living a fulfilled life is learning how to handle diverse personalities. In any room of […]

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GROWING BIGGER PEOPLE
by Roy Todd

Our goal at the Junction Church in Loughborough & Leicester is not to build a big church. It’s to grow […]

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LESSONS FROM A LEGEND
by Roy Todd

The word ‘legend’ is often overused. However when it comes to three-time former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammed Ali, it’s […]

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THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS
by Roy Todd

I’d like to share with you the secret to happiness. This is something that a lot of people would truly […]

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5 WAYS TO BUILD GREAT FRIENDSHIPS
by Roy Todd

One of the most important things to remember is that the quality of your life will always be determined by […]

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IF YOU DON'T SEE IT BEFORE YOU SEE IT, YOU'LL NEVER SEE IT
by Roy Todd

Proverbs 29:18 says ‘Without a vision, people perish.’ Vision is vital. It keeps the ‘why’ of everything we do in […]

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PROBLEMS V TENSIONS
by Roy Todd

Some situations we face in life are problems to be solved. Others are tensions that need to be managed. Wisdom […]

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THE EU REFERENDUM DEBATE
by Roy Todd

On June 23rd, the UK will engage in the most important referendum vote in recent British history. The result will […]

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WHAT MAKES A GREAT TEAM PLAYER?
by Roy Todd

It was John Maxwell who coined the phrase ‘Team work makes the dream work’. There’s also a famous acronym for […]

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PROPHECY IS A CULTURE - NOT AN EVENT
by Roy Todd

I believe passionately in the gifts of the Spirit. They have been given by God for the advancement of the […]

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BUILDING A WORLD CLASS TEAM by Roy Todd

If we were already excited about launching the Junction Church Leicester later this year, the recent success of Leicester City […]

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THE EPIPHANY MOMENT

I care very deeply about people. That’s why I’ve given my everything to pioneer, serve and build up the Junction […]

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THE JUNCTION CHURCH IN LEICESTER
Roy Todd

 OUR STORY The Junction Church in Leicester is more than a service – it’s a community where you can grow! […]

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MOST MIRACLES DON'T FEEL LIKE MIRACLES
Roy Todd

Do miracles happen today? Sure they do. Archbishop William Temple once wisely observed ‘When we pray, coincidences happen’. However, in believing for […]

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WHY CRITICISM IS MORE INCISIVE

Think about this scenario: Ten people express their opinion about you. Nine of them tell you that you’re a great […]

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WHY PAUL WAS RIGHT AND BARNABAS WAS WRONG...
by Roy Todd

Much has been written on the infamous incident between Paul and Barnabas in Acts 15. The disagreement was over a young […]

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THIS IS WHO WE ARE
by Roy Todd

It’s easy to say ‘I can’t’. But the convenience of an ‘I can’t’ life is not where we’re called to reside. […]

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A CULTURE OF HONOUR
by Roy Todd

One of our values at the Junction Church Leicester & Loughborough is ‘Honour’. Recently, I’ve been challenged again about what […]

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TAKE TIME TO LISTEN TO GOD
Pastor Lydia Todd

Elijah saw the dead raised. Yet he became so discouraged that he himself wanted to die. The irony of that […]

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PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR GUEST SPEAKERS
Roy Todd

For over 20 years, I’ve been privileged to travel extensively as a guest speaker at 100’s of churches. Then three […]

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COMMUNITY IS CRUCIAL
Mationesa Nemasasi

No matter which part of the world you are from, I think community means a sense of belonging. But beyond […]

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CULTURE THAT BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN PEOPLE
Roy Todd

  I’ve loved music all my life. The photo on the left is actually me at the age of 3! When I […]

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NO-ONE EVER WINS THE BLAME GAME
by Roy Todd

Picture the scene. You’re stuck in a traffic jam. You’re now late for your meeting. The longer it goes on, […]

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THE BEST WAY TO DO LIFE IS TOGETHER
Ps Lydia Todd

In Genesis 1, God observed that everything was good apart from one thing. It wasn’t good to be alone. Think […]

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DITCH AVERAGE & RISE TO EXCELLENCE
by Roy Todd

If there’s one thing that hinders personal growth, it is mediocrity. This happens when we settle for less than God’s best. […]

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HILLSONG CONFERENCE EUROPE
Ps Roy Todd

A whole group of people from the Junction Church went to the Hillsong Europe conference. It was phenomenal – the best […]

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HOW SECURE ARE YOU?
by Roy Todd

One of the most telling signs of how secure you really are is your willingness to celebrate someone else’s success. […]

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LEADERSHIP: THE PRIVILEGE & THE PAIN
Roy Todd

Leadership in any sphere of life can often be a lonely experience. This is certainly true of Church leadership. In a […]

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