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Better Relationships (Pt.2) - Controlled Speaking

James gives us some great advice to help improve the quality of all of our relationships. He highlights three essential keys to improving relationships: being a good listener, thinking before speaking and controlling your anger. Today we will spend some time looking at ‘thinking before speaking’. James 1:19-20. My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for human anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. After telling us to be “quick to listen”, James tells us to be “slow to speak”.... Read more →


Better Relationships (Pt.1) - Good Listening

Relationships are one of the most significant elements of our life. We have been created for relationship with God and other people. When we find and develop healthy relationships, they are a great blessing to our lives. On the other hand, when we are unable to do this, there can be a tremendous amount of loneliness and sadness in our lives. James gives us some great advice to help improve the quality of all of our relationships. He highlights three essential keys to improving relationships: being a good listener, thinking before speaking and controlling your anger. Today we will spend... Read more →


Climb a Tree

There is a big difference between leadership and management. Management tends to focus on “doing things right” while leadership focuses more on “doing right things”. Here is a good story to illustrate this difference. Imagine a group of people cutting through a jungle. The managers are right there, making sure things are going smoothly - organising rosters, providing the sharp machetes, arranging regular rest breaks, ensuring adequate first-aid facilities, etc. The leader is the person who climbs a tree, looks around and yells, “Wrong Jungle!” But the managers respond by saying, “But we’re making such progress!” Yes, they’re making progress,... Read more →


Leadership Essentials

Leadership is a complex task! There are multiple things that we need to be aware of and do well at – mission, vision, core values, strategy, goals, plans, systems, programs, culture, just to name a few. Therefore, having a clear “big picture” of how all these pieces fit together is essential. Let’s briefly look at some of the key components that a leader works with: Mission answers the question, “Why?” Why are you here and why do you exist? This is core stuff for every leader and every church. There are many ways of articulating God’s mission for the church... Read more →


What if God Had Voice Mail?

We have all learned to live with voice mail as a necessary part of modern life. But have you wondered, "What if God decided to install voice mail?" Imagine praying and hearing this: "Thank you for calling My Father's House. Please select one of the following options: Press 1 for requests Press 2 for thanksgiving Press 3 for complaints Press 4 for all other inquiries What if God used the familiar excuse, "I'm sorry, all of our angels are busy helping other sinners right now. However, your prayer is important to us and will be answered in the order it... Read more →


Leading Your Church Through Change

Church leaders are “change agents”, called by God to initiate change by moving people forward to where they need to be. I believe that every leader needs a “model” for leading change. I have put one together from the life of Nehemiah that has been a great help to me. Here are eight steps to leading effective change in your church. You will also find them helpful for leading change amongst any other group or organisation. See the Need for Change. All positive change begins with seeing the need for it first. Change for change’s sake is crazy, but change... Read more →