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Thomas Merton on Loving Others: Loving Christ in Them

One of the hardest things for us to do is to love. It’s hard sometimes as leaders to love the people we are leading, because we inevitably encounter struggles with them. But Jesus gives us thrilling insight for loving each other. 

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Poetry and Leadership

Where do we turn to when life perplexes us, when there doesn’t seem to be any clear answers, when we have come to the end of our thinking as leaders? Is it not the poetical books of the Bible? 

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Our Deepest Fear...Rising to the Top and Staying There

We still live with the incredible notion that the local church consists of one or two leaders and dozens (if not hundreds) of followers. What is our fear of being involved in leadership?

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Leadership Mentoring: It Matters!

It’s no secret that ministry leadership can be lonely. So how do you enter into a mentoring relationship with someone you can trust? Here are 5 things I've learned along the way. 

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Matthew's Super Messiah

Reading the gospel of Matthew took away some of my innocent look on how the Bible was compiled. I didn’t realize it was so messy, like digging into a family tree.

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Leadership and Loss

Loss comes to us when key people move away, when we realize a dream has died, or when we face health challenges. The book "Broken Hallelujahs" suggests three ways of dealing with loss. 

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Palestine Soup

In Jesus’ world we find a religious, political and cultural soup mix. The broth is a potent mix of Roman, Greek and Jewish cultures. Did God use this culture to make the most of the gospel for Jesus sake?

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Share Your Story About ‘Churches Cultivating Leaders’

Darleen Litson, a member of Four Corners CRC in Teec Nos Pos, Arizona, tells the story of her call to leadership. What about you? Do you have a story about cultivating leadership? 

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The Necessary Link of Leadership

For some people, China and Chicago are worlds apart, but what links them together is an understanding that the church needs more and better leaders and a desire to equip leaders for its mission.

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Vocational Wayfinding: Navigating the Work-Life Journey

Vocational Wayfinding is a two-part course that will equip participants to navigate the work-life journey, as well as provide tools to make decisions on how to go about the next phase in their careers.

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Leading Well Resources: Ask More and Tell Less

Spending some time dwelling with these listening resources, as well as with Berger’s book, should pay rich dividends. As leaders, we do need to learn to ask more questions, tell less, and listen well. 

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Apocryphal Stories, The Maccabees and Susanna

I felt sorry for these people who believed that they had to live and die this way. They seemed to have traded the "living for God" for living and dying to uphold their interpretation of the law of God.

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Leading in an Age of Distraction

A recent church service left me completely exhausted. Too often I have the same feeling at the end of a working day. How can one lead well in the midst of the noise and distraction? 

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Psalm 90 and Moses' Honesty Before God

Moses longs to be taught by God (humble) and dares to tell God how to behave (arrogant). He was himself before God and yet was called a man of God. Moses’ life shows these are not mutually exclusive.

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Mulholland, Moses and the Maccabees

Our personality is no longer an excuse nor a hindrance, but instead, it is a vehicle in the process of being conformed to the image of Christ.

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Are Millennials Looking Outside the Church to Serve?

Churches are ready for the next generation to take on leadership roles as deacons, Sunday school teachers, and more. But is this happening? And if not, why?

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Give Your Opinion on Questions Coming to the Canadian Gathering

To prepare for the Gathering, participants were given some questions to spark their ideas on ministry and the local church. We thought it could be helpful to pass those questions on to YOU!

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Leadership: Toe in, Toe Out

Leadership was that scary monster under the bed for me. Thinking about telling others what to do would wake me up at night in a sweat. So how could a guy like me accept leadership?

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Some Limitations of the "I Have a Friend or Family Member" Appeal

Likely you have heard someone suggest that a certain point of view is correct because they make an appeal such as "I have a friend who..." Sometimes the word 'friend' is substituted by a family member, or a person featured in a video, or a person in a book. Of course the personal connection packs the most punch and can seem to be the most persuasive. But is everything what it appears to be? Is this the best way for individuals and a church to do its theologizing? I would like to challenge the idea that a church can do its theologizing based on the "I have a friend who..." on three counts...
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Willfulness: "Not Your Will Be Done, but We Insist That Ours Be Done."

At a recent symposium, “Speaking Truth in Love: A Forum on Human Sexuality”, convened by the Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC), one of the speakers , Karla Wubbenhorst surmised that at the root of some of the current debates that are occurring within that denomination, willfulness might be at work. [ http://psalt.info/video-resources/ ]. In this short treatment, we will explore the definitions and detriments of willfulness. Although Wubbenhorst did not define willfulness at any length, suffice it to say, she conveyed the fact that certain interest groups within the PCC were using it to get...
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"Sensemaking" by Organizations Faced with Changing Conditions

There are many leadership lessons to be learned in the story of the 1949 Mann Gulch in which 13 firefighters were killed and the story is well told by Norman Maclean in his book Young Men and Fire...

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Next Steps for Ministry in Canada

The National Gathering will bring together local ministry leaders for a time of inspiration, reflection on what God is doing in Canada and what God wants us to do next. 

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Canadian National Gathering - Coming May 2016

In May 2016, churches in Canada will gather to connect and inspire the local church, regional missions, and denominational ministries at the Canadian National Gathering in Waterloo, ON. 

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Inviting Youth to Take the Lead

Youth and young adults have to begin to see that they are NOT the church of the future, they are the church of NOW. They need ownership in the ministries they will be asked to lead.

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