Vol 3:31 Mission in the Midst of Life

As we come to the season of Advent, I realize celebrating Jesus’ coming and anticipating his return, has everything to do with embracing our humanity, embracing the gift of life we receive from God. Living our lives in relationship with God has very little to do with escaping this earth, waiting to be taken to heaven – especially if we understand that the new heaven and new earth are not...

Vol 3:30 Mission and Leadership: Misunderstanding What It Means to be a Strong Leader

A few weeks ago I found myself in a consultation with a number of pastors listening to and giving guidance to a pastoral team who were struggling. In the course of the conversation one of the consulting pastors stressed that what was needed was for this pastoral team to display strong leadership. By this was meant casting vision, shaping ministry, taking charge, make things happens –...

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