Christian Leaders: Accountability and Another one Bites the Dust.

This weeks ramblings. I heard this week of another Pastor, of a large church, being dismissed for moral transgressions – that is just ‘church speak’ for he committed adultery. When I heard this my mind immediately went to the song by the rock band Queen:  “Another one’s gone, Another one’s gone, Another one bites the dust”. I think the devil sings this song every time a Minister, Pastor or Christian Leader leaves the ministry, in disgrace, for this sort of thing. It leaves me sad and upset and even a little angry, that people could so easily throw away their calling and ministry. Proverbs 4:23 tells us to guard our… Read More

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Christian Leaders: Learning to Lead through Crisis

Not long ago, I was having coffee during a mentoring session with a young pastor. He told me that he had just been appointed the youth pastor of the church he was now in, when a few weeks later the senior pastor had been dismissed for moral transgressions. The Young Youth pastor was then appointed by the elders as senior pastor. The young man told me that the fallout from this crisis was rumbling on in the background and every time he suggested something it got harder and harder for him to control: The ex senior leaders wife wanted her son to take over the church, after all she and… Read More

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Christian Leaders: Leading in, through and beyond a Pandemic.

Some thoughts and ramblings. Over the last few weeks I have been really praying into the current situation that we find ourselves in and would like to share my thoughts, for what they are worth, with you. Churches in our large cities and towns are finding it tough. The number of unemployed people in their congregations has risen. The food banks are being overwhelmed with requests for help. Children are missing out on school due to positive Covid cases in their classrooms. Tithes and offerings are on the decrease because of what is happening in the economy. Pastors and Church Leaders are feeling the stress and strain of trying to… Read More

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Christian Leaders: Dealing with the unemployed through a pandemic.

 Food for thought. In all my many years of teaching and mentoring young leaders, it is rare indeed for me to have to deal with church leaders who have been made unemployed.  In the grand scheme of things churches tend not to make their pastors or Leaders unemployed. This is not say that it doesn’t happen; when there is a down turn in tithes and offerings, the target for layoffs  are church staff- reception, PA’s, paid interns and employed auxiliary church staff. Church Boards only focus on the senior leader as a last resort and in my memory it has never happened. One thing I can say though is that… Read More

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Christian Leaders ask yourselves what is church really about?

  What is church really about? This last week I have been talking to a young church leader about their church and how they are coming out of the lock-down and isolation, which we here in the UK have experienced.  He explained to me that they had kept close contact with all their congregants via online connect groups, video chats and other social media platforms. He was encouraged that over 98% of his congregation had stayed in close contact with each other. He then went on to show me a series of well produced and presented video ads, that the leadership team had produced and put up on various social… Read More

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Knowing our place and where we belong.

  You Are Here. Have you ever been in a strange city and found yourself lost and looking at a map in the main square? You know, one of those maps depicting the street layout, with a little arrow pointing to an area with the words neatly captioned “You are here.” Once you have familiarised yourself with the area you once again stroll off to an art gallery or museum, safe in the knowledge that you have a vague idea of where you are and that the hotel, at least, is in the opposite direction. As a child I loved looking at old maps, those made by explorers or sea… Read More

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Now that Lockdown is Over- What now Church?

For the most part here in the UK, lockdown is over and people are coming out of their self made bunkers and breathing in the fresh air. They are according to the media trying to live in the “new normal” and get their lives back on track.  Getting back on track for them may mean losing the weight they have accumulated over lockdown, or staying fit now that it is over. It may mean relief to shell shocked parents who can at last know that their children will go back to school in their lifetimes. Children can now go wild, knowing that they can see their friends again while silently… Read More

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Christian Leaders Getting the Virus. A Christian homily.

The last few weeks have been eventful. I have come down with the dreaded Coronavirus Covid 19 and survived. I have had a dry irritating cough, a very high fever, shortness of breath and a very tight chest. Along with this I appear to have lost me sense of smell. Fortunately I have no under laying medical conditions and am relatively healthy and fit for my age. Like most Christian Leaders my job revolves around meeting with and interacting with people. Like every Christian I know, I shake hands so it is not surprising that I caught the virus. I have come into contact with the unseen monster of horror… Read More

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