Dan Slatter

Dan Slatter

Monday, 14 July 2014 08:59

The Cost of Discipleship

I read a shocking story this week online of a man called Nathaniel Bolwell who was more than alarmed when he saw his bank account balance. It was overdrawn by a mere £179,000 when he was expecting it to be in credit by £400! He innocently ordered a pizza for delivery and paid with a debit card. Domino’s proceeded to draw £179,923.32 from his account instead of the £17.99 it should have been.  What was even more surprising was that the bank authorized the payment! Thankfully Lloyds and Domino’s got together and put it right within two days. He even received £100 by way of apology.


In a few weeks time, as we continue through ‘The Red Letters’ theme in Matthew’s account of Jesus’ life, we step through some difficult sections on the journey. There are parts that make for uncomfortable reading as it disturbs our western desires of an easy, peaceful life.  In Matthew 8 Jesus reminds us that there is a large cost attached to being a follower of Christ. As disciples we should not be surprised, unlike Nathaniel.


Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:36

The Small Margins



Like many followers of Jesus I often do battle and wrestle with the ungodly aspects of my life. Usually these matchups are little old me trying to get a giant pinned to the floor and submit. This used to be a huge focus for me as I sought to be more like Christ. Often I would momentarily glace at the smaller issues and quickly return my sights to the bigger battles. The smaller annoying things seemed to not offer enough win for the contest that was needed. So all my energies went to the grudge matches with the giants.

I recently read an article online about Sir Dave Brailsford, which made me readjust my sights somewhat. Sir Dave (love that title and name combo btw) is the former Director of British Cycling and current manager of Team Sky. Sir Dave has been instrumental in the rise of British cycling’s world domination over the past 5 years.

He oversaw team GB as they bagged 8 Gold medals at the Bejing 2008 games. He continued in his role at London 2012 where Team GB took 12 medals in the London Velopark and on the roads of the capital. This was an impressive doubling of the number of medals secured by the second placed Team Germany.

Sir Dave in 2010 stepped into the management role of the newly formed British based professional cycling team Sky. He oversaw the new team in its quick rise to the top of professional cycling. The pinnacle of this so far has seen Team Sky secure back-to-back Tour de France victories in the last two years with Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

My errant assumption was that his success was down to huge leaps in sport science, psychology and technology. I was truly mistaken. Of course they seek developments in these key big areas along with all their rivals. They started by optimizing the things you might expect: the nutrition of riders, their weekly training program, the ergonomics of the bike seat, and the weight of the tires.

However, Sir Dave has taken on a different strategy of trying to accrue as many small improvements of 1% as possible, which inevitably add up to more significant overall gains. He says,

 "The whole principle came from the idea that if you broke down everything you could think of that goes into riding a bike, and then improved it by 1%, you will get a significant increase when you put them all together."

But Brailsford and his team didn’t stop there with the obvious areas of development. They searched for 1 percent improvements in tiny areas that were overlooked by almost everyone else: discovering the pillow that offered the best sleep and taking it with them to hotels, testing for the most effective type of massage gel, and teaching riders the best way to wash their hands to avoid infection. They searched for 1 percent improvements everywhere.

Brailsford believed that if they could successfully execute this strategy, then Team Sky would be in a position to win the Tour de France in five years time. He was wrong. They won it in three years.

Everything I choose, even the small little things, can create the possibility to bring gains in the Kingdom of Heaven. Just because they are small does not mean they are insignificant or irrelevant. If you do not believe me ask Sir Dave! 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:11

Revelation Central Open Day

Come & pop into our new home for a cuppa and a nose around!

We want to invite you to pop in and see our new home ‘Revelation Central’ in the city centre. Over the last two months we have been moving home and are now at a stage were we are in and settled. We would love to give you all the opportunity to pop in and see the new place. So many of you invested so generously to help us with all the moving for which we are immensely grateful. 

Saturday 10th May, 9am until 10.30am
Revelation Central, 1 & 2 St Pancras, Chichester, PO19 7SJ.

It is on the 1st floor above Guitar Sounds shop (door to the left) sandwiched between St Pancras Church and The Nags Head pub.
Nearest car parks are Market Avenue and New Park Road. Both are Pay & Display.

We will be serving coffee and refreshments

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:00

Now is the time!

Now is the time!

The busyness and bustle of relocating so much of the Churches activities has prompted me to do some reflecting over the last couple of weeks. It also provoked me to think about the future too as we step into a new season. 

There is something very attractive about reminiscing about the past wearing rose tinted spectacles. I recalled the days of playing 5-a-side without needing to warm up for 20mins and not hurting so bad the next day you end up walking like an extra out of the Thriller video. 

I know for others the past can be a snare. We can get entangled and wounded which stop us walking fully out of those days into our present and onto our future. 

We get stuck living someplace we never planned or wanted to. The past no matter how good or bad was never intended to be our home. The past is meant to be a platform for our present and future. For me and my faith the past reminds me of his rescue. He has done it before…. Light always disperses the darkness… etc.

 However there is equal danger in living too far ahead of ourselves. If we long for the future not rooted in our past and alive in our present we will achieve little other than some great daydreams. If we live awaiting for the perfect moment in the future to really launch into our dreams and calling we will wait an entire lifetime. As someone who has walked in the faith for 20 years let me tell you that the perfect moment does not exist. You could wait forever to see that all the ducks will never line up as you hoped. Thinking and dreaming of the future is no bad thing in fact I recommend a regular prescription of daydreaming. However we have to be a people that are present and active now not just dreaming of what might be.

We are to be fully present and alive in the moment. I love the way Jim McNeish puts it. 

“Today is all you really have. Yesterday is a story and tomorrow might never come. What will you do today to take ground with your dreams?”

Why do we need to be focused on today? Simply because that is where you are this second. Now brings God into this never repeating moment of your life.

We can live a life yearning for the old days or snared by the pain/trauma of them and we miss the now. Equally we can live so fixated on the Future we also miss the present.

Whilst thankful for the past and looking to the future I need to grab hold of the destiny and what he has for me today

Using Mordecai transforming words to Queen Esther let us remember “you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4: 14)

Religion relegates God to yesterday and God becomes a trapped in history.

We must remain thankful for what God has done for us but it is not where he wants us to live.

We are hope filled for the future he has in store for us but people of faith reside in the NOW.




Friday, 24 January 2014 15:00

Marriage Preparation Course

Marriage is intended to be one of life’s longest commitments, so laying some strong foundations is critical if you want your marriage to be successful.

The Marriage Preparation Course runs over five evenings. These evenings are informal and a chance for you as a couple to talk to one another about your hopes and desires for your marriage and how to avoid some of the pitfalls. It also offers to pair you up with a couple a little further down the track than you who can give you some really helpful pointers to happiness and success.

Course Themes

  1. Communication
  2. Commitment
  3. Resolving Conflict
  4. Keeping Love Alive
  5. Shared Goals & Values

If you are interested in finding out more or would like to sign up for the next course please contact Elaine Monery (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Friday, 24 January 2014 14:57

Marriage Course



Marriage is one of the biggest commitments that humans undertake. A lifelong promise is publically laid down in front of God, friends and family. Even with the greatest intentions marriage is a journey of two people that just as it has its mountain top moments also has its challenging times.

Why do the course?
Regular check-ups help a car run smoothly and reduce the risk of breakdown.
The greatest achievements in life take practice, training and dedication.

Who is the course for?

The seven evening Marriage Course is for any couple who want to invest in their relationship, whether you have been together for 1 or 61years and whether you have a strong relationship or are struggling.

Course Themes

  1. Building Strong Foundation
  2. The Art of Communication
  3. Resolving Conflict
  4. The Power of Forgiveness
  5. The Impact of Family- Past and Present
  6. Good Sex
  7. Love in Action 

If you are interested in finding out more or signing up for the next course please contact Elaine Monery (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Friday, 24 January 2014 09:08

Sunday info



Sunday Mornings:

Our Sunday morning gathering is held at Bishop Luffa School on Bishop Luffa Close in Chichester from 10:30am till 12pm. If you are a guest, new to Revelation or want to find out how our Sundays run then this is the place for you. 


Please look out for our Hospitality Team with white lanyards on a Sunday who will be able to help and try to answer any questions you may have. We have a welcome area near the refreshments each week for guests, visitors and established members to connect and meet others.

Children and Young People
We have fun filled age appropriate programmes that run every Sunday for children from 2 to 14 years old. The programmes are run by an amazing team of volunteers for 45 minutes (11am until 11.45am). For more detailed information on these programmes and all the other activities that happen for both Children and Young people beyond Sunday or on our Safe Guarding Policy please go to the ‘Get Involved’ tab on our website.

Every Sunday we are led by one of our house bands at the church. We mainly use recently composed songs which are in a contemporary style.

Disability Access
Both of our Sunday venues have fully disabled access. We also have a disabled toilet facility. If you need more information or support please contact the church office (01243 531898) and we will do our best to assist you. 

Every Sunday morning there will be teaching from the Bible that engages with relevant issues that face us in the world we live in. We look at how the Bible applies to our daily lives. The talks often flow in series over a number of Sundays. Our talks run for about 30 minutes.

Each week we have an opportunity to give to the work of the church on a Sunday morning. The money collected goes to the running of the church and all its operations. There is never any pressure to give so please feel relaxed about it. If you are a UK tax payer we also operate the Gift Aid scheme meaning if you fill out the simple form we can claim 25 pence in the pound for every donation you make.

Prayer and Ministry
Each Sunday we offer the opportunity for personal prayer. This usually takes place as our Sundays are drawing to a close.

There are free refreshments served at 12pm as we draw our morning to a close. We would love you to join us for a drink to say hello. This is a great time to get to know some new people.


Sunday Evenings:

We gather every Sunday evening from 6:30pm-8pm at the Family Centre, 21 Orchard Street, Chichester, PO19 1DD.

A small band leads worship at our Sunday evening gatherings. This is an extended time of worship with space and time for people to share words, practise their spiritual gifts and minister to each other.  

Each week we have an opportunity to give to the work of the church on a Sunday evening. The money collected goes to the running of the church and all its operations. There is never any pressure to give so please feel relaxed about it. If you are a UK tax payer we also operate the Gift Aid scheme meaning if you fill out the simple form we can claim 25 pence in the pound for every donation you make.

Children and Young People
We do not have a provision for children and young people at our evening gathering but this does not mean children and young people are not welcome! We love to see families participate together and worship as a unit.

Most Sundays the talk is based on the same theme and scripture in the evening as it is in the morning and is delivered by the same speaker, but often with a twist or slightly different angle. On occasion we do welcome guest speakers to come and join us for the evening gathering so at times the two meetings will be totally different in content.

Disability Access
Both of our Sunday venues have fully disabled access. We also have a disabled toilet facility. If you need more information or support please contact the church office (01243 531898) and we will do our best to assist you.

We do not serve refreshments at our evening gatherings but we do encourage everyone to meet at a local pub or restaurant after the meeting to enjoy a drink and each other's company. This is a great opportunity to build friendships and get to know each other.

Monday, 13 January 2014 16:24

Dan blog: Nothings too hard for God


I was reading the Bible the other day using a year long programme taking you through the whole book in a year when most unexpectedly I had one of those God hijacking moments. I’ll be honest in that I was reading fast to get through the large section of text set aside for the day when the story leaped off the page and took me hostage. God speaks even when we are not fully with the right motivation!

It is the moment where God starts commissioning Abraham to be the leader of the nation of Israel as recorded in Genesis 17 & 18. There were four things that I got from the story and the notes that helped explain.

1) Walk with me

Gods plan has always been to walk and journey with humanity. We see it from the very dawn of creation in the early days of the Garden of Eden as God walks in the Garden of Eden looking for Adam and Eve (Gen 3: 8). He can’t find them so calls to them (Gen 3: 9). There is a desire to be with his people and journey with them. In Genesis 17: 1 we see God offer to walk and journey through life with Abraham. So in all that you are facing today know that God calls you too as he wishes to walk with you throughout the day.


2) The Big Plan

God had big plans for Abraham and Sarah which he starts to share with them through Genesis 17 & 18. The plans God unveils are for a whole nation. The scale of this literally floors Abraham three time in the two chapters (17: 3 & 17, 18: 2). When God speaks his BIG Plan over your life (because whether or not you know it he has big plans for you) the best response if you find it a bit much is to follow Abrahams suit. Fall to your knees in prayer and submission to God.


3) God will always do more

Abraham heard the plan which was immense and beyond anything that he could have dreamed. God was creating a nation through him and his bloodline to come. The promise was of this nation of God to flow through his unborn son Isaac. Abraham dares to ask for more (17:18). Please also bless Ishmael and his descendants too. God agreed (17: 20). Never be scared to ask for God’s blessing in all areas of what you are doing in life. God will always do more


4) Is anything too hard for God?

Finally in the midst of this exciting news that Sarah was finding impossible to get her head around the Trinity speaking with one voice (18:5) asks the greatest rhetorical question of all time “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” No matter what you are facing today look the issue right in the eyes and ask “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

Friday, 24 May 2013 15:48

Dan Blog: Speaking up

loud hailer

I was in a forum recently with a Member of Parliament from the UK and a room full of Church Leaders. A skilled interviewer drew out of the politician the need for the Church to play its part in shaping society.  The interviewer then got really nitty gritty and asked how we do that? Build bridges and work with your local statutory bodies seemed to be the gist of the reply. We were then asked to raise our hands if we had ever written to our MP about an issue? A lot of hands rose which was encouraging. The interviewer then turned the question back to the MP asking if they received a lot of correspondence from Church leaders. Yes, was the reply but often about certain seemingly important issues to the church. The proposed changes to legislation around ‘Gay Marriage’ for example had caused their mail box to swell in recent times as Christians wrote in. The MP then paused and reflected saying these soul piercing words “I am yet to receive a letter from a church leader about the growing challenges of Child Poverty in the UK.” It hit me like an arrow through my soul!


There is so much for us to speak up about as believers and those of us who represent the people of God in the Church but do sometimes we miss some of the desperate areas of injustice. Please hear me I am not condemning those of us opposing the fundamental changes to the constitution of marriage. It is indeed an area I have spoke up for which is probably why the words cut so deep. I need to work a lot harder at taking my MP by surprise.

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 14:11

Dan Blog: In Google We Trust


I was both saddened yet not surprised to see an article in the Telegraph online yesterday stating the ‘Google is as trusted as the Church by Britons’. The survey of 2000 people asked people to rank institutions in order of ‘trust’. With less than one in five saying they believe the search giant and faith leaders have their best interests at heart.The Britishe based public survey revealed a joint ranking of low regard between the search engine giants, Google and the Church/Faith Leaders.

The NHS scored best with 40% followed in second place by The Police scoring 25% Even supermarkets slightly out scored the religious institutions. All the above institutions and businesses have had their integrity over years called into question with front page splashes of the national and international press they could have done without. It proved damaging to all but the Religious institutions seem to have suffered the most in the trust ratings.

Now of course the survey placed all religious institutions in together. Even within some denominations of the same faiths there have been a variety challenging trust issues in recent years. However we must also remember that the Church is the largest and most prominent of religious institutions in the UK.

So how do we start to restore and rebuild the eroded bridges of trust into our communities and society as a whole? Well here are a few of my thoughts and this is certainly not exhaustive!

Being visible & active

This does not mean your building but the people of God, his Church. the Bible reminds us in the Gospels to ‘Never hide a light under a bowl’. I feel it is difficult to be a follower of Christ and not an activist. The poverty and injustice are just two of many areas in which we need to be visible and active. We need to be on the ball and there is no longer any excuses in the instant news feeds that surround us to be uniformed. James reminds us that Faith without works is dead. Lets roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty.

Being humble

Christ Humbled himself (Philippians 2:8) and so should we. We are in our own little way a part of the solution. I have realized in an increasing way over the past few years that genuine partnership is the way forward. When the church with all its passion and commitment is harnessed working with statutory bodies can bring long term transformation. You only have to look at Street Pastors, ROC, CAP and Trussell Trust Foodbacnk to see this proven.

Being consistent

In an instant society that moves so fast consistency, reliability and long term commitment are fading trends. Yet these are vital for society to function and grow. It is the best way to bring long term change. As other things come and go the Church remains.

Being local

The Church in the UK is such a huge beast that spans many hundreds of traditions and streams. How can I possibly effect it? I love the story of Nehemiah rebuilding the city walls. There is one bit in particular that always leaps at me. It was within the giant sized task of rebuilding the entire city wall the work of Benjamin and Hasshub. They simply faithfully rebuilt the bit in front of their homes as we see in Nehemiah 3. Lets repair the wall in front of us where we live.

Being tangible

Find out the unique needs of your community and review what you can do to start to fill the voids and gaps in provision. Meeting the felt need of a community is a powerful statement of intent. If you don’t know what it is go and ask the Police, Council or schools in your area.  Our greatest success have come from asking the questions to the right people because your contribution becomes targeted and tangible.


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