Leadership round up

Following round ups on Darwin and Money the last convergence was on leadership. CJ Mahaney interviews John Piper. I have a lot to learn Josh Harris quotes Packer on repentance. I would do well to memorise this. Mark Driscoll posts on fasting. Something I should do more Rob Bell reckons the fate of a pastor is often to be wounded by paper cuts. It’s hard to avoid. Apparently church attendance in the UK is going up. Hard to believe I know. Fragile Tent reflects on the lessons It’s a video…

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Waking up from the consumer dream

Breathe was invited to contribute to the latest edition of Slipstream from the EA. Breathe friend and Make Wealth History blogger Jeremy stepped up to the plate with this article. “It’s 07:49am and I’m standing on an escalator, flanked on both sides by streaming commuters and flashing LCD screens. Easyjet suggest I go skiing. Armani want me to know that their new mobile phone has ‘night effect’, whatever that might be. I deserve more TV channels, and Virgin would love to supply them to me. I am barely an hour…

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Convergence

One of the benefits of writing and reading blogs is getting all the different angles on a subject – it’s incredibly refreshing, it’s like using a wide-angled lens on life. Here’s a few of those convergences from today’s reading: Jeremy (in Luton) has posted about Doing Less, while Matt (in Poole) has written about Keeping the Sabbath and Tim (in Sheffield) explains the rhythms of a missional church, including the Sabbath. Simple livings definitely means not doing everything, so this is helpful stuff! On another theme we run from seeing…

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Virgo on: Leadership in a time of transition

From the perspective of a leader this article by Terry Virgo on leadership is both scary, challenging and exciting. Here are some personal challenges: “A true leader’s very behaviour expresses a personal set of values and beliefs that govern his life” and “Worship leaders should personally get taken up with God and let those who wish to follow respond to their lead” and “‘Watch me and do as I do.’ This is Biblical leadership.” Read the whole thing

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Teams, Walls and Transitions

Marcus Honeysett has a great article on community and the role of the leader. He writes, “Congregations want and need leaders who are open, vulnerable and authentic. People who know them and are known by them. If the church is the community of God’s people, there can be no stand-offishness from the leaders, no professional detachment. They have to be community people to the core if they are to build God’s communities of purpose for others.” Read the whole thing here It’s an issue I find challenging – getting the…

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Book Review: Becoming A Contagious Church

Mark Mittelberg is passionate about seeing people trust their lives to Jesus. You can’t read Becoming A Contagious Church and miss that one. It’s the sort of book that America and the guys at Willow Creek does so well – energetic, inspirational, aspirational, motivational and other words that make you want to get up out of your chair and change the world. Being British, we may first have a cup of tea and wait for it to be a bit warmer, which sort of takes the steam out of it…

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Book Review: It

Craig Groeschel is the pastor of LifeChurch.tv (yes that is it’s name) that has thousands of people in multiple places and has made a name for itself with its use of technology and live streaming of worship and preaches to its multiple campuses. His latest book is one on leadership, It: How Churches and Leaders can get IT and keep IT published by Zondervan. This book irritated and inspired me in almost equal measure. Groeschel is funny and communicates well and he’s on to something. Some churches and some leaders…

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Slipstream – Leadership

As a young(er) leader in church (does 33 still count as young?) one of the greatest helps to me has been spending time with older, wiser and more experienced – and in my eyes more Godly leaders. No question that time with these men and women have helped me solve issues, think more clearly, handle pressures and grow amidst all the challenges. So it’s good to see an organisation like the Evangelical Alliance launch Slipstream. From their site their aim is to: leaders-in-formation Slipstream exists to network, equip and grow…

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