Category: leadership

Secret sauce – there probably isn’t one, but there is a secret ingredient

There are some common elements in faithful Christian ministry that will be true and transferable across the world.  These will be as true in a small house church as a multisite megachurch.  There a couple that it’s almost a cliché to list them  But they’re essential. Hard work. Gospel work is a joy, a privilege

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2013 Top posts #4 – My 10 top take-aways from Matt Chandler

We had a really encouraging and enthusiastic afternoon with Matt Chandler. Here are my top takeaways:- Parents – We need to keep articulating the gospel, otherwise our kids will believe that either legalism or licence is the way to go. The gospel must NOT be assumed Otherwise we, and they, will continually want to get

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Just because I’m your servant, doesn’t make you my customer

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If there’s something wrong with the shirt I’ve bought, I take back to the shop. If the mechanic hasn’t fixed the car, I take it back to the garage. I’m a customer, I have paid, and I expect the level of service. That model of thinking is so prevalent in a consumer society, that people

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What people see when they look at pastors

‘They’re watching’  Not in a creepy sense, I hope, but every Sunday, every meeting, every conversation, you are being watched. Why? Because you are supposed to be a model of being a mature Christian.  People learn from you how they are supposed to be Christians.  Paul told Titus, ‘Show yourself in all respects to be

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What makes you feel strong?

Identifying your strengths is a key part of finding a job or moving on in your career at the moment. Knowing your contribution will lead to your personal satisfaction and worth, and to your being productive and energised. Perhaps the most engaging exponent of this view is Marcus Buckingham. A Brit living in the States,

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Should we be fighting fires, or lighting them?

One of the first, simplest, and best tools for time-management is to distinguish the urgent from the important. But I discovered this week that it has hidden, secret powers. You know how it goes of course: the threat is that the urgent drowns out the important. And so every time management system I’ve seen has

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