So last Friday I attended the Safe Woman, Safe Family forum. Before I get into a few takeaways that I would think helpful to church folks, let me share some preliminary reflections I had. There were about 130 registrations ranging from local politicians to delegates of non-profit and support organizations. Of those, I was one […]Read more "Learnings from the Safe Woman, Safe Family Forum."
I wonder if we had a ‘how nervous are you about your visit?’ form in our info pac that people receive when they come thru the door at church? Would people fill it out? Would they fill it out honestly or tell us what they think we want to hear? Would it be more than just visitors, but also some regulars that would surprise us by filling it out?
I guess this is the main question; if every visitor did fill one out, what would be the average score?Read more "How nervous are you about your visit?"
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"
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."
“That I would be able to set boundaries on my life so as to provide space for my relationship with God to develop.” My mouth hit the floor as I heard it. It was a blessing to have my folks sleep over at our house recently. Chatting with mum, chatting with dad both one on […]Read more "The best prayer point I’ve ever heard asked for."
Debates bring out the worst in us because they are by nature polarising. Moreover, the social media space pours even more oil on the fire as we never have to look our ‘opponent’ in the eye.
When we speak with more ferocity the more inconsistent our words become.Read more "Does pineapple really belong on pizza?"
The standard response to the uncomfortable feedback shared incorrectly* within an organisation goes something like this:
“Well, whether or not this person has a point, it is essentially inconsequential now because they have gone about it in that way.”Read more "When tough feedback comes in the ‘side door’."