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?[…]
Last week my wife and I were guests of a new pioneering team in Victoria, Canada, where we have been privileged to enjoy some team building together. We are reminded of the joy we’ve have had over the last 40+ years when we experienced many adventures in starting new ministries, establishing churches and developing dozens of teams and bases. So, to watch this small team of five staff plant a YWAM presence in Victoria fills Read more about What’s so special about pioneering?[…]
We’ve recently been celebrating the wonder of the birth of Jesus and I hope that you did have a good Christmas. We have had our fill of carols being played non-stop, delicious food to feast on, the giving and receiving of presents and connection with family and/or friends. In another three months we will be commemorating Easter with the horrific crucifixion but the joy of resurrection. Philippians 2:7-8 sums up the significance of these celebrations: Read more about What’s the underlying message of advent & easter?[…]
We have just been through a soul-searching time during covid. Many have had extended times of thinking, reflecting, wondering about life and the world and how they interact together. Even if you have been busy throughout the COVID season, with all that has been happening you can’t help questioning and pondering the state of the world and our role in it. After a time like this, it’s an ideal moment to ask, who am I? Read more about Are you on track?[…]
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?[…]
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?[…]
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?[…]
Taking time at the end of the year is vital for maximisation of life and ministry. Evaluate and debrief for greater fruitfulness – here are 6 approaches.