Category Archives: Leadership

Soul care, equipping and encouragement of those who find themselves on the front lines of vocational ministry. The endless demands of church growth, budgets and growing healthy vibrant communities of faith place a lot of pressure on leaders and their families. Be equipped and resourced to lead well, proven strategies for balancing family and ministry demands, conflict resolution plus preventatives to avoid burn out. Focusing on your needs as a ministry leader so you can continue to serve those within your community.

Keep your Goals to Yourself?

Conventional wisdom tells us it is a good idea to share our goals with others for the purpose of vocalizing them and soliciting help with accountability to help keep us on track. But Derek Sivers suggests this may, in fact, be counter productive to realizing your goals.     Sivers argues based on the work of social…
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The Radical Middle. Healthy Faith in a World of Extremes

Driving the backroads of rural Alberta can be an adventure into some of the most lovely country in the world. There is a unique beauty of the Alberta prairie. Driving the gravel roads can be a bit of a trick as different stretches of the road can be different than others - washboards, deeply rutted,…
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Investment Strategy

Once upon a time there was a rich investor, and she had a very successful portfolio of investments.    One day she determined that she would have to go on an extended business trip, and she called three of her managers to her office. She explained to them about the business trip and that she…
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Used by God – Revisited

The great poet T.S. Eliot once wrote: We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.

 A profound turn of phrase and very true if we live even slightly awake. It is most certainly true with…
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Healthy Boundaries in Ministry

As  a Ministry leader,  you know the constant, subtle and not so subtle demands to be personally involved in many of the different activities of Church.   Healthy boundaries in ministry will certainly go a long way in helping you maintain the heart and quality of your ministry, your relationship with God and with your…
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When We Understand it Wrong – Scripture

What do we do when what we think the "Bible clearly says" turns out to be wrong? There are many things in Scripture that we can stand on with confidence - like Jesus, and Jesus is the key to understanding and applying Scripture in life-giving ways.  In saying that, very few things make the hair on…
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Blessed – A Present Reality

Many of us are familiar with the Beatitudes in Matthew 5.  You know, Blessed are the poor.  Blessed are the ... . There are two words that translate into "Blessed" in first century Judaism. The first, in Hebrew beraka (and the Greek eulogeo) and this word, isn't used in the Beatitudes. This word is used in prayer asking…
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The Lesson I have Learned from a Stuffed Rabbit

  Being free to be truly authentic is a genuine desire for many people. To be known and still loved. Folks are also looking for authenticity in those who lead them, but this is contrary to many conventional leadership styles.  It can be dangerous to be authentic because some see it as a weakness, and,…
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Jesus’ Gospel is Confrontational

I have been thinking about some conventional wisdom - that one should stay away from talking about the contentious issues because they are a "no win". That choosing sides will only get you embroiled in debates. It was suggested that staying clear of these debates will free one to talk about Jesus and his Kingdom. My…
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Freedom: Making Freer Choices

"If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you." - Jesus Who the Son sets free is free indeed!  I so love this scripture from John 8.  Christian freedom has been long explored,…
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