Doing Life With God

LifeAnother day begins. What's in store? What could God be up to? What would it look like if we did life together with Him?

The apostle Paul once wrote …

Col.3:17. And whatever
you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
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Leadership Succession (Mark Conner)

BatonThe third morning was about "leadership succession." I was asked to speak and here is a summary of what I shared.

Out Story

CityLife Church (originally called Waverley Christian Fellowship) is a multi-site church based in Melbourne, Australia. It began in 1967 with a small group of people led by its founding pastor, Richard Holland.… Read the rest

Leadership Wounds

WoundsThe first morning of our gathering focused on "leadership wounds."

Restoring Wounded Soldiers

Pastor Abe Huber, who pastors a church of 60,000 people in Brazil, noted that the church is the only army that shoots its own wounded. How can we do better?… Read the rest

Learning from Leaders

LearnLast week, I spent a few days in Dallas, USA with leaders of a number of significant churches from around the world (primarily the non-Western world). I love to be around leaders who have more capacity and experience than I do.… Read the rest

7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders – #7 Pray

LeadThe more involved you become in church leadership and
ministry, the greater the temptation is to lead by your own gifts and abilities
rather than out of intimacy with Jesus Christ. A daily relationship with Jesus
is the key to freshness in ministry and an ability to impart life to people,
rather than just run programs or meetings. 

Let’s be honest, any ministry without the active presence
and power of God has no hope of bringing change to people’s lives.… Read the rest

7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders – #6 Grow

LeadIt is essential that ministry leaders keep growing and
developing their God-given potential.

1 Tim 4:12-16. Until I come,
devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to
teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message
when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
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7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders – #3 Manage

LeadIn addition to leading your ministry, you must also manage
it well (1 Tim.3:4-5, 12). “Leadership” can be defined as “doing right things”
(effectiveness). “Management” is “doing things right” (efficiency). Both are
important and necessary in ministry.

Managing involves a number of tasks:

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders – #2 Lead

LeadAlthough there is to be one mission and one direction for
each church, there are many expressions or ways that these are outworked. Like
a highway with many lanes, a growing church provides opportunity for many
different and unique ministries to thrive and flourish within the context of
its overall purpose, as long as there is integration and alignment between
them.… Read the rest

7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders – #1 Follow

LeadEvery leader needs to first of all be a good follower. In
fact, your ability to lead well is directly influenced by your ability to
follow well. The apostle Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” (1 Cor.11:1).
As church leaders, we too are to follow Christ by imitating him in character,
who we are, and ministry, what we do (see Mk.4:19.… Read the rest

7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders

LeadThe Importance of

Church and ministry leaders have a wide variety of tasks and
responsibilities. These may include preaching, teaching, pastoral care, training
and coaching others. One of our main tasks is to lead and God wants us to do
this with the very best of our ability.… Read the rest

Are you a duck out of water?

DuckOnce upon a time, right after creation, all the animals formed a school. They established a well-rounded curriculum of swimming, running, climbing and flying. All the animals were required to take all the courses.

The duck excelled at swimming. In fact, he was better than the instructor!Read the rest