We have been in Canada for two years at the end of this month and in Calgary for eighteen months. When we arrived from Europe, we were living with my brother-in-law and his wife in community. We took it in turns to cook meals and enjoyed long and sometimes deep discussions over the meal table. Over the next six months we met a lot of people but our community didn’t really expand. In moving to Read more about Are you building community through small groups?[…]
1 peter 5:7 encourages us to ‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ Sounds easy, doesn’t it? So why are we in an epidemic of people struggling with anxiety in all walks of life and especially in the younger generations. We are all aware that the COVID season has developed widespread mental health issues among the whole population but perhaps there’s more to it. It has been suggested that Millennials and Read more about What strategies do we employ for overcoming our anxiety?[…]
Crowds lined the streets to honour this amazing Queen who has been in office for the last seventy years. So much has been said, so many affirmations given, so much respect; I want to add thoughts of leadership lessons I’ve read from the many who have loved, admired and been inspired by her. We cherish the memory of this truly great leader. Maintain calmness in the midst of change: The past seventy years have involved Read more about What can we learn about leadership from the late great Queen Elizabeth ll?[…]
This article identifies seven stages of growth in an organisation’s life and helps you to see where your ministry is currently functioning and the gifts that are needed to move to the next stage.
I recently read the metaphor which Jesus taught in Matthew 9:17 on ‘wine and wineskins.’ And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine, and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved. Every new generation enjoys new wine or a fresh approach to leadership. They require a new wineskin or structure that they feel comfortable with to serve their new passion. The latest generation is Read more about YWAM ACTs (Area Circle Teams) – a new structure for new generations?[…]
Patrick Winston, a respected MIT professor from the USA said, “Your success in life will be determined largely by your ability to speak, your ability to write, and the quality of your ideas, in that order.” What do you think of that statement? In the west, we tend to be focused on our identity, our success, our legacy, and we enter the comparison game, reaching our goals, and making a name for ourselves. In contrast, Read more about Which keys can unlock the impact your life or team has on others?[…]
Does spontaneous brainstorming work? Not according to Susan Cain who has given a great TED talk on brainstorming with a special focus on the introvert. A standard definition of brainstorming: it is an activity that teams use to generate ideas and solve clearly defined issues or problems. With an open environment and the right questions, teams can produce a vast array of ideas that can prove very fruitful. Have you been in many brainstorming sessions? Read more about When was the last time your team did some brainstorming?[…]
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?[…]
I think most of us think that as a Christian leadership team, or Christian community, our decision-making processes should be different from the business or secular models, but that difference can often be reduced to a prayer at the beginning and end of the meeting!
I loved the title in one of Dan Reiland’s posts – ‘If you can’t read the room, you can’t lead the room.’ Our lives are full of relationships with others and with meetings of one kind and another and whether we are talking with our wives, our kids, teaching a group of students or having a conversation with someone, it is vital that we learn to read the room. Generally, the more relational you are, Read more about Can you read the room?[…]