“We are not meant to die merely in order to be dead. God could not want that for the creatures to whom He has given the breath of life. We die in order to live.” Elizabeth Elliot 1 Helpful reminders on leading church change. 2 The challenge of distraction - helpful stuff! 3 Some of the best twitter counsel! 4 Godly leadership courage in church is needed 5 Compassion fatigue, and all that!
Advent is a time for courage. Beyond serene images of beautiful angels, lowing cattle, and an expectant mother, we are called to be aware of the darkness in us and around us. We are encouraged not to run from these realities by hiding our heads in the sand, but to be alert in the midst of it all. Advent is a time to be on guard, to be awake, to refuse to be so caught up in everything around us that we fail to recognize the nearness of Christ in that very place that feels desolate, confusing and beyond hope. [...]
leadership beyond narcissism and self-preservation, is often rare to see........horrible, but true! I'm often challenged about what is the real, albeit concealed, motivation in Christian leadership...... hence in the redelineation of diocesian boundaries, this leadership rationale is humbling to hear, as Bishop Nick Baines paints it this way:- "The church does not owe me a living and it is not about my security......" "........we must not make decisions based on fear, risk-aversion, nostalgia, conservatism or self-interest. That is a denial of any hint of Christian vision, theology or mission." Lets arise in godly assurance, deeper faith and gutsy integrity so that the best [...]
“Transformation is not for the fainthearted. But it is for those whose hearts and spirits and minds are open and ready to become even larger. It is for those tho long, those who dream, those who seek. It isn’t for the contented. Rather, it is for the seeker that is in all of us – seeking the larger places for which we were born, seeking the larger self we dare to hope we really are, seeking the truer self we trust must lie hidden in the clutter of the various selves of our own construction. It is for those who [...]