Qualities of Leadership

Top leadership of most organizations share a few common qualities. Carey Nieuwhof, part of leadership team for a large church, Connexus, in Barrie Ontario with satellite churches in Orillia and Midland, posts  blogs about leadership and church growth.  His theology is...
Vexatious Verses:  Creeping through Revelations

Vexatious Verses: Creeping through Revelations

For the next few weeks, we will creep through the most troubling parts of the Book of Revelations.   It will be a time to wonder about what we should do, if anything, with many of these passages while we consider what circumstances and feelings were behind their...
HALT and Good Decision-Making

HALT and Good Decision-Making

I attended a webinar which was a boundaries refresher course for United Church ministers with a focus on the use of social media.  There were many useful parts in the webinar, but there was one near the end about HALT which is very pertinent to making good decisions....

Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership Part 2

The first four pillars for servant leadership are basics that could also be requirements for most leadership, and for basic servant leadership.  The next three pillars are marks of exceptional servant leadership. The fifth pillar is foresight: “having a sense...
Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership, Part 1

Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership, Part 1

There are many kinds of leaders and ways to use power.  Jesus showed us using great power for others in contrast to the religious and secular leaders focused in his time on using power over others.  Some leaders lead in pursuit of their own well-being and some leaders...

Stewardship, Mission and Service, and Freedom

During our Stewardship and Finance meeting this morning, the task of completing the goal-setting form for M&S resulted in a discussion about Mission and Service and communication.  To me, stewardship is part of exercising our freedom from slavery.  One common...
No Fear:  Message March 18 2018

No Fear: Message March 18 2018

My message for Sunday, March 18, titled,”No Fear” used Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 12:20-33 as its starting point.  Like a deer caught in headlights, any organization that allows fear to control its decision-making will lose.  It is important in a rapidly...

The Danger of Success in the present or past

I went to a website article about 10 Reasons Why Churches do not Grow, and one line caught my eye  “The greatest enemy of your future success is your current success.”  I first heard this theme watching a Peter Drucker video back in 2001.  Peter Drucker,...

Mission and Service and True Freedom and Stewardship

I was just looking at the Mission and Service Goal-Setting form for St. Andrew’s and remembered some of my past thoughts on stewardship. One is a misunderstanding many people have about giving.  When we give to family, these are not true gifts as our family...

Reflections based on ‘We Refused to Lead a Dying Church”

I returned to We Refused to Lead A Dying Church on an impulse when looking for a devotional for the staff meeting last week, and have been rereading the stories in this book about congregations with near-death experiences. Paul Nixon, the author, set out the following...
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