How is life emerging from the pandemic?

I have just experienced my first flight in a year, travelling from Spain to the UK. Flying isn’t a simple or enjoyable endeavour anymore with PCR tests, locator forms, vaccine certificates plus all the risks of encountering someone positive through track and trace!  In the area of travel, I would love life to get back to normal again.  However, when it comes to other aspects of life, do we really want to return to normal, Read more about How is life emerging from the pandemic?[…]

Do you see yourself as a manager or leader?

There have been multiple books and articles on the topic of management and leadership which especially deal with the difference between them.  It seems to me that people are desperate to be known as leaders rather than managers and I think this can be true in YWAM too.  I hardly even hear the word, ‘manager’ in our mission – perhaps it even has a negative connotation?  Do you know of a manager of a base Read more about Do you see yourself as a manager or leader?[…]

Am I fully surrendered?

During the last few years, we’ve had the privilege of running many b2b (b the leader God wants you 2 b) courses for emerging leaders all over the world. During the first Monday morning worship time, we give the opportunity for individuals to take a small white flag symbolising self-surrender and place it before the Lord.  Philippians two tells us that Jesus left the glories of heaven, humbled himself to become a man and willingly Read more about Am I fully surrendered?[…]

How do we incorporate a developmental bias in our leadership?

YWAM is a grassroots ministry where there are few formulas and no policy manuals. Everything is really based on understanding the values.  So, when you pioneer a new work, you can go and look at what others are doing, find out what they have learned then design a ministry based upon the good practices and policies that you hear about.  However, the general rule has been ‘pray, and do what the Lord tells you!’ A Read more about How do we incorporate a developmental bias in our leadership?[…]

Do you feel stressed?

Yesterday I woke up feeling grumpy.  A few days before that, I got out of bed feeling a bit low emotionally.  Last week I woke up feeling so tired, I just wanted to roll over and go to sleep again.  Anyone relate? The amount of stress in our lives creeps up on us without warning and suddenly we are aware of emotions that we aren’t used to.  We have no idea why we feel this Read more about Do you feel stressed?[…]

Are you engaging in ‘caring connections’?

I have a challenge for you this month that I believe will inspire you and make a measurable difference in your life.  It will only take an hour/month and a little initiative to get it going.  OK – here it is: Start a group of 3 or 4 people that you connect with and who are willing to meet for an hour each month to have ‘conversations on purpose’.  This can be in person or Read more about Are you engaging in ‘caring connections’?[…]

Are we in danger of causing Jesus to sigh?

In Mark 8, Jesus is talking with the pharisees or rather they are arguing with him and putting him to the test.  They are looking for a sign from heaven to prove his authority in what he is declaring as truth.  In response Jesus breathes a deep sigh and leaves without giving them any specific sign that they are looking for. What a sad verse. I wonder sometimes, if we are causing Jesus to have Read more about Are we in danger of causing Jesus to sigh?[…]

Are you living in liminal space right now?

We have just come to the close of perhaps one of the most memorable years that we will ever experience.  We are all tired of hearing about the pandemic and COVID and masks and social distancing.  We want it all to end and there is fresh hope with the acceptance of vaccines happening all over the world.  However, we aren’t there yet. We are in a liminal space.  We haven’t come to the end of Read more about Are you living in liminal space right now?[…]

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