I’m constantly confronted by our bent towards materialism and the development of a product. I noticed after a few months dealing with various village situations that my language stated to shift from pastoral to business like. I was setting up money-changers in my heart, thinking in terms of spreadsheets and forecasts rather than bible passages and prayer.Read more "When you’re leading a Church…and an organisation."
So, here’s the sum up; there is ‘Christian’ relationship/marriage advice being given by a person who may well have been persistently and consistently unfaithful, at least in the way the sermon-on-the-mount defines it.Read more "What do you do with the work of the broken?"
I have always been something of an aircraft nut. I attended an aeronautics high school and nearly went for my pilot’s license before I eventually went into pastoral work instead. With that aviation background, I do even today still enjoy keeping abreast of the latest aviation news and I especially enjoy seeing some of the […]Read more "A tale of two birds"
Here’s an important question when we are looking at issues of burnout and exhaustion: why do we overload ourselves?
I believe it is because of a combination of the following:
We overestimate ourselves
We ache to look like a pro, like we can handle anything because we breathe an atmosphere that idolises performance and effectiveness.
So I am of course no longer engaged in youth ministry. However, a few may not be aware that I do still wear the hat of volunteer youth worker at a local primary school. I find this invaluable as it is such a breath of fresh air from the Christian fishbowl that ministry can become. […]Read more "Free Parking"
Have you ever had to make a decision for the sake of one group of people that you know will adversely affect others? How do you know which one is the right one? For me, in my position it has to be for the good of God’s people first and foremost. If something starts to […]Read more "Why God helps us."
So recently at Waratah, I have been on a bit of a bandwagon of empowering lay people to step into more spaces of ministry leadership. I am completely aware that in doing so I am possibly running the risk of crafting some well fashioned rods for my own back in future. More on that in […]Read more "Just go with it."
I’ve found that the most effective question to ask when trying to mobilise a volunteer workforce is: what is the alternative currency? The answer: Time.Read more "What’s your currency?"
I believe the only way to live with your regrets is to see them as the deepest of all lessons. Ever since that day, I swore to myself that never again, when faced with another leap of faith to make, never ever again would I jump backwards in self-preservation.Read more "When you wake up and you’re the senior pastor of Waratah Church."
People are looking for ‘the catch’ the character flaw that reveals the inconsistency.Read more "Why Elon Musk is probably a bond villain."