Vol 4:14 Mission and Leading Christ’s Community – Part 10: Being Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

In leading missionally within the context of the congregation I have served, I am learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. In many ways I would rather be comfortable with being comfortable, but I am discovering that makes ministry all about me, rather than where the Spirit is leading us, and how we are being called to participate with God in God’s mission. Being comfortable closes...

Vol 4:12 Mission and Leading Christ’s Community – Part 8: Rhythms of Refreshing

This is turning out to be a particularly difficult post-Easter season, at least health-wise. Both my wife and I are trying to get some meds working in such a way that side effects are minimized – this process can be frustrating at times, especially when it affects my ability to enjoy hiking and cycling outdoors, which provides refreshment and renewal for me. This has got me thinking about how...

Vol 4:11 Mission and Leading Christ’s Community – Part 7: Surprised by Resurrection

It is obvious that resurrection was a surprise to the disciples – obvious because their response was one of bewilderment and fear, even though Jesus had shared with them that he would rise in three days. Mark’s Gospel ends with the women, who discovered the empty tomb and encountered the angelic messenger, “trembling and bewildered” fleeing the tomb and saying nothing to anyone because...

Vol 4:10 Mission and Leading Christ’s Community – Part 6: Making Space for God’s Spirit

The thing about leading is that we tend to carve out a space for us to have influence in the lives of others. Yes, the kind of influence we seek to have may involve cultivating consensus, be motivated by love, show hospitality, and be expressed in a climate of mutual submission, but the question still remains, for whom are we making space? Often, whether we admit it or not, we are making space...

Vol 4:7 Mission and Leading Christ’s Community – Part 3: Motivated by Love

Do we love in the ways that we lead? Does love have anything to do with the way we lead? I am trying to recollect but I am not aware that I have come across an article or book which connects leadership or missional leadership with the concept of love, and yet, my reading of God’s Story and Vision is that love is integral to understanding God and God’s mission. Jesus in John 20:21 expresses,...

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