86. How are you managing people?

Isn’t it funny how particular words mean different things in different cultures and organisations?  Being a visionary organisation as YWAM, the word pastoring didn’t initially sit with us so well.  We are about reaching the world, denying self and completing the great commission. Where is the accomplishment in looking after people’s needs?  We DO care about people but often it’s not considered THE priority!  Another word that we don’t gravitate to is management!  We are quick Read more about 86. How are you managing people?[…]

82. How does the YWAM structure of leadership circles work?

Jesus succession plan: Jesus begins the training of his disciples with a kind of DTS.  Basic application of truth to their lives and outreaches where they preach and see the Holy Spirit really moving in power. Then one day he transitions them from being followers to coming on staff and they are now friends.  All is going well until there is a turn of events and Jesus starts talking of his death and resurrection.  What Read more about 82. How does the YWAM structure of leadership circles work?[…]

68. How attractive are you as a leader?

My wife Rite was running a preschool workshop in Mozambique and gave a gift of a small mirror to the participants.  Some had never looked at themselves in a mirror before, so you can imagine it was quite the experience for them.  Now they knew how they looked to others.  So when I looked in the mirror the other day, the first thought that came into my mind was, “It’s a shame that what I Read more about 68. How attractive are you as a leader?[…]

59. Is your personality showing?

I recently came away from a meeting feeling quite frustrated at the lack of process included in the decision making and spoke to another leader who was complaining about the lack of implications thinking involved.  However a third  leader in attendance, came away feeling that it had been one of the best meetings to date because there was clear movement forward.  How does that happen?  When it comes to meetings, there’s either too much time Read more about 59. Is your personality showing?[…]

53. Do you share leadership?

How do you share leadership? Some would say, you are either the leader or you’re not, you can’t share it! In the times when Kings ruled nations, there was no question of sharing the leadership. His word was the law and you went against it at your own peril. Today we experience a continuum of leadership styles from centralised to decentralised with varying degrees of movement towards one or the other. For instance, the government Read more about 53. Do you share leadership?[…]

50. Are you a generational thinking leader?

When our first son was born, Rite’s mother, her grandmother and great grandfather were all still living. They covered an age range of a few months to 104. So we took the opportunity of having a 5-generation picture taken to celebrate the generations. It was very clear that our son was starting life in a very different world from the 4 generations above him. In 2 Tim 2:2 Paul wrote to Timothy, his “son in Read more about 50. Are you a generational thinking leader?[…]

46. Are you a 360 degree leader?

John Maxwell in his book ‘the 360 degree leader’ talks about the compass directions to identify the different relationships that are required by a leader. These four main compass relationships require different skills, and so as a result we tend to be better at leading and relating in some directions more than others. In this letter I hope you will develop a clearer picture of where your strengths and weaknesses lie and how you can Read more about 46. Are you a 360 degree leader?[…]

40. Can you forget yourself?

I was recently challenged in my thinking by a little book by Timothy Keller called the freedom of self forgetfulness. I will summarise some of the content for you in the following letter. The traditional thinking for centuries has been that the main problem in our world is hubris, Greek for pride, and that people with a high self-esteem pose a greater threat to those around them than those with low self-esteem. Today we tend Read more about 40. Can you forget yourself?[…]

27. What’s your leadership anointing?

Have you ever wondered why some leaders see incredible growth and others seem to struggle? I think back to leaders that I have worked with who have all had great potential. Some have gone from strength to strength and others just didn’t make it. Having pondered this question for some time, the Lord gave me an insight. Put the right gifts together and the ministry will work. Leave out certain gifts and the work will Read more about 27. What’s your leadership anointing?[…]

26. Passing on the baton?

I am amazed when I think of the ministry of Jesus and how he accomplished so much in such a short time. Here I am, still slogging away at multiplication, having been in YWAM basically since 1977 – that’s a lot of years! Jesus started at 30 and three years later not only had he made an impact on the whole nation of Israel but also trained 12 apostles along with a whole bunch of Read more about 26. Passing on the baton?[…]

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