My first encounter with burnout was back in 2002. I experienced what I would call an ‘emotional valley’ that lasted for about 6 months. I wasn’t sure what was wrong with me but it took everything within me just to make it through the next meeting, the next appointment or the next project.… Read the rest
- GOAL – “What do you want? What are you trying to achieve?”
- REALITY – “What is happening?
The coaching process involves two aspects: (1) raising awareness and (2) building responsibility.
Creating awareness is all about helping the individual see themselves ("self-awareness") and their situation (what is happening around them) accurately. People can only deal with what they are aware of.… Read the rest
In many ways, all of us are leaders. We influence others – family, friends, neighbours and school or work associates. It may be formally or informally, but it happens. We get to choose whether that influence is positive or negative, helpful or unhelpful.
Leaders engage in a number of activities when interacting with other people, including communication, planning, problem-solving, directing, training, assisting, mentoring or coaching.… Read the rest
CityLife Church, located in Melbourne Australia, had three Senior Ministers in the first 50 years of it's history. Richard Holland was the founding pastor and led the church for 20 years, followed by my father, Kevin Conner, who led the church for the next 8 years.… Read the rest
What does one say in a farewell address?
In biblical times, we have a record of parting words from people such as Jacob (Genesis 49:1-33), Joseph (Genesis 50:24-26), Moses (Deuteronomy 31:1 – 32:47), Joshua (Joshua 24:22-28), David (1Chronicles 29:10-20), Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20 and John 13-17) and Paul (Acts 20:18-25).… Read the rest
I would never suggest that pastors and church leaders work harder than other people … but church work has its unique challenges and pressures.
Here are five of them:
1. Ministry work is never done. It is open ended. There is never full closure.… Read the rest
The role of a leader includes many tasks, including vision-casting, planning, directing, building teams, communication, training, problem solving and coaching people.
The primary means of leadership development in the Bible is through mentoring and coaching. Think of Jethro and Moses, Moses and Joshua, Samuel and Saul then David, Elijah and Elisha, Jesus and his disciples, and Barnabas and Saul.… Read the rest
Luke 5:16. As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer. The Message Bible
This is an amazing description of how Jesus lived and did ministry.
- He loved solitude - by the sea or in the country, on a boat or in a garden.
- This required withdrawal from people, busyness and activity.
- It was his home base - the place he continually returned to.
- He spent as much time there as possible.
- Out from here, he left to do ministry and serve the people God had sent him to.
Life can be very rewarding and fulfilling. It can also be very difficult at times. Two of the hardest things to do are handling criticism and confronting people, not that we should love confronting people (!) but learning how to do so in a loving manner.… Read the rest
At a recent conference, I shared a message about "Navigating Transitions".
Here is a summary of the main insights I shared:
1. Trust God for the Future.
Life is a journey with many seasons. We can have a sense of where we have come from, where we are now and where we are going.… Read the rest
“Most major goals are not achieved because we spend time doing second things first.” Robert J McKain
“You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.” John Maxwell
“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” William James.… Read the rest
Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you (Jesus).
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
Good is the enemy of best.
Establishing priorities is essential to life and ministry effectiveness.… Read the rest