Posts filed under: Leadership

Leadership

All topics on leadership – especially in the church, will be put in this category

“I see you”, this line in the film Avatar refers to more than just “I’m looking in your direction” or, “yeah, yeah I know you are there.”  It is about being fully present, fully aware . . . fully paying attention.  Do we do this in our ministry with children and young people?  Do we......
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Moral Therapeutic Deism could be ruining your youth ministry. There, I’ve just come right out and said it.  Before I unpack how it might be messing with your work with young people, what is it? “MTD” was first mentioned in the book “Soul Searching : The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers” (2005).  It was mentioned again,......
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Some years ago I twittered over on Frank Viola’s website (an absolutely cracking place to visit for some great thoughts, reflections and quality books etc) . . . he posted one word “Twitter” and wanted a response . . . . I replied, “All that twitters is not gold” (Ha!) . . . . Well,......
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Don’t be precious about partnership in the gospel. Seriously. God himself is not – at least, not in the ways we might think. Scripture bears this out. In the Old Testament there are some bizarre (maybe to us) partnerships or allegiances with some who were not the right sort to have dealings with – and......
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Ever get stuck? Like, REALLY stuck in ministry. You can’t see how to move forward, where things are going so you coast along on autopilot – delivering talks, planning activities, creating rotas, going to team meetings. It isn’t that you aren’t passionate about what you are doing and the young people you are serving. But......
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In the latest issue of Youth and Children’s Work Magazine, the cover title of which is “Back to the drawing board” there are two articles about how we might rethink our work with children and young people.  Despite the “and” in the title of the magazine, these articles are entirely separate and also significantly different......
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I have developed some training in the last few years around the whole area of leadership development – for many of the churches I have resourced over the years, this continues to be an area of challenge! Part of this training touches on delegation which is the focus of this blog post (although, I originally......
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There is a hidden gem in the heart of the Sussex countryside – it is a residential retreat centre called St Bartz. Set in its own grounds, surrounded by farmland, it is an ideal place to bring your group for a weekend or week away, host a retreat or a day conference.  St Bartz has......
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Head over to ChristianToday and you will find a helpful article about Holiday Clubs.  Read it and you should feel affirmed if you are still recovering from running a Holiday Club . . . or, it will inspire and motivate you to make one happen.  Read it here. The article from Martin Saunders highlights four......
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“Exploring Emotional Health” is a fantastic blend of wisdom, vital information and sensitively structured workshop sessions for young people.  Youth workers, who might be wary or unsure about tackling topics like anxiety and depression are gently led through some introductory sessions about identifying and coping with emotions – myths are debunked, stereotypes are challenged and......
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