80. Enjoying close relationships?

Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. John 21:20 A metaphor for our walk with God that I relate to well, is that of being on a journey.  The phase in the journey of sanctification or becoming like Christ doesn’t have set formulas and routes but is a journey that follows the steps and person of Jesus for our personal transformation.  That transformation involves a change of behaviour which Read more about 80. Enjoying close relationships?[…]

71. Enjoying a climate of trust?

I have had the privilege of involvement in some wonderful teams over the years where there has been a solid set of positive values and beliefs that were lived out.  Teams where there was the opportunity of sharing opinions and making decisions together. Teams where I was believed in and trusted and where it was safe enough to fail and know that it wouldn’t be the end of the world!  We all want to live and Read more about 71. Enjoying a climate of trust?[…]

66. Making the most of meals?

If you are like me, you look forward to Christmas partly because of the delicious food that is connected with it.  Like so many Brits, I love Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, mince pies and of course turkey & stuffing, cranberry sauce and about 10 vegetables to go with it!  There’s nothing quite like it.  I guess the bottom line is, I love eating, I love the variety of cuisine, I love the tastes and I Read more about 66. Making the most of meals?[…]

61. Do you feel indispensable?

When you have been leading something for a long time, it’s easy to feel like the ministry couldn’t continue without you!  Actually that may be true – especially if you haven’t trained anyone up to take it on from you.  However, generally, we are far less indispensable than we think!  So this letter is about the importance of delegation. On the one hand, I have made my worst mistakes in delegating poorly to the wrong people Read more about 61. Do you feel indispensable?[…]

58. Do you eat last?

What an amazing 60th birthday celebration I have had!  The joy of meeting with our grown up kids and their spouses from around the world and receiving so many birthday wishes and affirmations from my YWAM family have been overwhelming.  I feel humbled, encouraged, blessed and privileged to have been able to serve in the mission for these 38 years with such a wonderful bunch of people.  I have been surrounded by such teachable, open Read more about 58. Do you eat last?[…]

55. Stepping up with coaching?

Two disciples were on the road to Emmaus and Jesus approached them and asked, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And he said to them, “What things?” Luke 24:17-19 Jesus wanted to find Read more about 55. Stepping up with coaching?[…]

47. Is status an issue?

I was standing in line to board a plane with a friend recently. According to protocol, the first class, priority seating and platinum card members went first. My friend was in one of those groups and left me with a smile. My boarding pass was group 3. Translated that meant – last to board. So spiritually speaking a good place for me – the last shall be first – right? And for my friend, platinum Read more about 47. Is status an issue?[…]

45. How is your parenting?

This month’s letter is written by Rite and is all about parenting.  If you’re not a Mum or Dad, don’t rush away because actually the same principles for parenting apply to mentoring and discipling, so read on.  Paul shares in 1 Timothy 3:4 that one of the qualities for leaders is, “He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how Read more about 45. How is your parenting?[…]

43. Marriage tips?

In only two weeks it’s Valentines Day and love will be in the air! So this month I want to focus on couples and share a few personal tips on marriage from the last thirty-five years of experience. I am a blessed man having a beautiful and fun loving wife to share these years with and she has edited and shared some valuable insights to this letter. Invest in your relationship: Every year Rite and Read more about 43. Marriage tips?[…]

39. Is my leadership in danger?

“Jesus called them together and said, you know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.” Mark 10:42 I read a little book by Lord David Owen a while back called “The hubris syndrome.” He was a Politician in Britain for 26 years and he talks about Hubris as the ‘intoxication of power.’ The word Hubris comes from ancient Greek and Read more about 39. Is my leadership in danger?[…]

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