Coming to Seasons of Change

Revelation, Reaction and Relationship. As we move towards the festive season I was thinking again about change. How people process change in their lives and how they ensure that change sticks, rather than revert to the same old, same old, after a few weeks. As a Christian leader I believe that change is seasonal. That God takes us through different seasons of our lives and ministry cannot be in doubt. It is a time of frustration but also a time of blessing as we learn to hear and experience what the Holy Spirit is saying to us. A new season always begins with a revelation. For Moses it was the… Read More

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The Spirituality of Leadership

I don’t often suggest that people read other blogs. But in light of the state of leadership in some large Christian organisations I felt that my Friend Alexander Venter-one of the leaders of the Vineyard churches in South Africa, had written and presented a great view of raising up spiritual leaders. Just press on the link below.

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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:  â€œAnother 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{a84cc41649da88529baa91e51d4d75716c94687e2cd83e12bd8cff4468af4308} 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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