Decision making is complicated. So much seems to be riding on us getting it right. But how do we discern what is God’s will when the options before us are both equally good? It was so much simpler when the choice was between good and evil, between purity and sin, between the narrow way and the … Continue reading Good Decisions?
When can you speak with ‘authority’ on a subject? I’ve always been secretly sceptical of parents of toddlers who give lectures on parenting, and couples who have been married for two years taking marriage classes! How long do you have to have been a leader before you can give leadership advice? I’m not sure! Is … Continue reading 25 Lessons from 25 Years of Leadership
‘Be still and know that I am God’ Surrounded by chaos and complexity, stillness is our form of resistance. Stillness becomes our subversive rebellion. It’s the way we fight against the magnetic pull of noise and hurry. We breathe deeply. Slowly. We quieten the chatter in our heads. We rest our striving hearts. And we … Continue reading Stillness
I decided to go cold turkey. I had just experienced one of those beautifully fulfilling Sundays that church leaders crave. So many signs of love and life crammed into one room. I left the noise and the activity of a Sunday, and I entered the silence and stillness of retreat. The first Monday of sabbatical. … Continue reading Cold Turkey
There are many styles of leadership. Many ways to lead: Autocratic. Democratic. Charismatic. And then there’s the David way: HEART and HANDS. ‘David shepherded them with integrity of HEART; with skilful HANDS he led them.’ (Psalm 78:72) The shepherd-king took his employment experiences and maximised them for his leadership responsibilities. David took his experience of … Continue reading Heart & Hands
I have blind spots. I don’t always see things clearly even when I think that I do. How about you? You check your side mirror. There’s no car in the lane next to you. You change lane. You discover that there WAS a car in the lane next to you! That’s a blind spot. You … Continue reading Blind Spots