Seven Things That Will Drive Future Church Growth

A recent post by Carey Nieuwhof from Barrie, Ontario, offered seven things that will drive future church growth.  None of them are new, and I preached on some of these already, but I believe it is helpful to post an excerpt of the post.  The whole post is accessible...

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...
Introducing Hillary MacDonald

Introducing Hillary MacDonald

St. Andrew’s United Church has voted to call Hillary MacDonald as Coordinating Minister, effective June 24, 2018 and pending approval of Calgary Presbytery later this month.  This introduction of Hillary MacDonald was written by Donna Betts who presented the...

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 form...
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...