Christian Leaders calling the nation to prayer

Last week I listened to the announcement made by Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK, in regards to the Coronavirus. He was surrounded by the scientists and the line was follow these steps and try and be safe. He said it was a once in a lifetime event that the world had not seen in generations. But unlike other Prime Ministers in the past he did not call the nation to prayer. Over the last 12 months we have had as a nation a political decision that divided us and now is the time to heal. The floods we have experienced have been once in a life time events,… Read More

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Young Christian Leaders, The Holy Spirit, Planning and You.

I was reading a number of blogs this last week, where the authors were discussing and disparaging the need for 5 year plans. One of them thought that it was impossible to do any forward planning for churches, because of the inconsistency of human beings and therefore the inability to predict with any certainty the future. The other blogger was a little more circumspect saying that the maximum he could future plan was 2 years. They also discussed the God factor and the need to be open to the moving and working of the Holy Spirit and how human plans interfered with this. Both bloggers were right but both were… Read More

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Young Christian Leaders and how to handle Criticism.

A Spiritual homily. How should you as a young Christian Leader handle Criticism? A simple question that has huge implications for the young leader. Get this wrong and you may well destroy what God has already built. For example, in days gone by the normal way to criticise was to face the person in open debate. It allowed both parties to defend their positions and for people to come to a conclusion as to the critics complaints. Later rather than openly debate they would write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper in order to vent their spleens on a particular topic. However today, the first recourse of… Read More

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Young Christian Leaders Planning for Tomorrow.

One of the hardest things for us to do is to predict the future with any certainty. We may plan for our own lives and what will happen tomorrow or even next week, but it gets harder for us to predict our fortunes the further forward we look. Circumstances in politics in community in our environment may and will change and these things will impact on our lives in some way or other. I remember where I was and what I was doing on December 31st 1999 like it was yesterday, but now 20 years later, I could never have predicted the events that have occurred in my life. Being… Read More

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A seasonal message to take into 2020.

I saw these stats on line and thought them interesting. In the West, this is the season for consumers and is the season to spend huge amounts of money on food and drink, on Christmas presents and puppies that may be abandoned after the festive season is over. My grandchildren get more fun out of the boxes and wrapping paper than they do with the contents. What is interesting though is that much of the earth’s Christian population; do not celebrate with the West in the obsession with consumerism. For them the celebration is not about feasting or buying huge amounts of Alcohol. Nor is it about presents and gifts… Read More

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Young Christian Leaders and the Old.

Are old people irrelevant in today’s church? This question was posed to me in a Christian youth forum that I had been invited to attend. Part of my answer was to say that I believed that old people in the church were no more relevant or irrelevant than they are in secular society. However, in many western societies old people were seen as non-entities or rather as an unseen sector of the community. When challenged to explain I put it this way; The world is getting faster, faster broadband, new faster technology that is unintelligible to older people. The world of older people is a lot slower they are about… Read More

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Young Christian Leaders and Mental Health.

Ramblings from my addled brain.  “Is it my imagination or has there been a sudden spike in Christian Leaders suffering from some sort of Mental Illness?” This question was put to me by a friend, the pastor of a fairly large church here in the UK. He explained that two of his team had taken time off, for stress leave, on the advice of their doctor. One of these men had admitted to my friend, that he had been prescribed anti-depressants. My response to my friend was to tell his people to man-up! A quick Internet search revealed that the last 10 to 15 years has seen a dramatic increase… Read More

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Young Christian Leaders Changing the Political landscape.

Part Two Further to my last blog post and carrying on with the idea of Christians in politics, I must add that I firmly believe that it is right for young Christian leaders to start to get involved in politics. But politics starts at the grass roots level, in the community. It is there that any young Christian Leader who is shepherding a church congregation must start.  If they are interested in knowing what is going on in the local community then it is at local level that the politics start. Many Ideas come from grass root local community groups. These are past upwards to people on parish, town or… Read More

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Should young Christian leaders get involved in Politics?

Part one. I love talking politics, I am not sure I am very good at it. I don’t have the analytical mind or ego that seems to go with being in politics. I also come from a denominational background that discouraged any involvement in politics or political debate. But that was a different time and a different place. The world of the young Christian leader has changed out of all recognition to my day. The challenges they face are very different. The voice of Christian reason and values, its morals and ethics have in many places become a whisper. The left wing secularists and the media openly discourage Christians from… Read More

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Young Christian Leaders asking what am I worth?

“There is too much month left at the end of my pay packet.” Pastors pay and salaries has always been an emotive issue. In the past, this most contentious of subjects has pitted congregations and church boards against clergy and preachers. The war cry was “God you keep him humble and we will keep him poor.” Last week, when talking to a group of young pastors this question of salary and pay came up. Questions such as How much am I worth? Is it right for me to ask for a pay increase? Firstly, let me say that for many, times have changed. The average pay for pastors in the… Read More

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