Priorities vs Willpower

Life is comprised of decisions.  Successful people are people who have made good decisions.  Unsuccessful people are people who have made bad decisions. You are where you are today because of the decisions you have made.  If your life is a mess, it is because you have made poor decisions. As leaders, don’t blame theContinue reading “Priorities vs Willpower”

Jurisdiction 2: To Judge or Not to Judge

One of the things that happens a lot is that people as Christians are told “judge not”.  It’s like a mantra.  The whole world has embraced it now – we must not judge. Now if you take that to logical extremes it’s absurd!  There are two pieces of meat, one is rotten and smells, theContinue reading “Jurisdiction 2: To Judge or Not to Judge”

7 Leadership Lessons from Avengers: Age of Ultron

It’s not a surprise to people who know me that I love the new Marvel films.  Me and my boys were in the cinema watching Age of Ultron as it came out 1 minute past midnight! Now as a film, it’s about a team of heroes who are changing the world – but they areContinue reading “7 Leadership Lessons from Avengers: Age of Ultron”

5 Things Great Leaders Do Daily

It’s what you do daily that changes your life, not what you do fanatically and intensely.  It’s consistency that is the key to change. These are five habits that if you do them daily, you will become a great leader. 5. Pray Let’s face it – you don’t have the wisdom and strength in yourselfContinue reading “5 Things Great Leaders Do Daily”

Leadership Lessons We Can Learn From Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson – leadership lessons we can learn 1. Your gift and talent is what brings you promotion and success. 2. A lack of restraint will cost you what your gifting will bring you. 3. A loyal group of people who perceive you as being loyal to them, and being their voice in life willContinue reading “Leadership Lessons We Can Learn From Jeremy Clarkson”

Pastors and Elders XIII: The Requirements for an Elder (part X)

The next requirement for an elder, as given in 1 Tim. 3.3, is “not given to filthy lucre”.  Lucre is any money gained through religious manipulation.  To be honest, it’s a lot easier for a pastor to do this and fall for this than an elder, and I am sure you have heard horror storiesContinue reading “Pastors and Elders XIII: The Requirements for an Elder (part X)”

Pastors and Elders XII: The Requirements for an Elder (part IX)

The next requirement for an elder in 1 Tim. 3.3 is “no striker”.  This is not really referring to physical fighting – though if someone is getting into actual fights I would recommend you stand them down as an elder. What it is referring to is the kind of person who is always spoiling forContinue reading “Pastors and Elders XII: The Requirements for an Elder (part IX)”

Gates of the City

This blog is part of our leadership development, something that comes under the heading “Gates of the City”.  We have a leadership academy and an annual leadership conference. This post is just to invite you to our annual conference this March 19th-21st.  All are welcome – we will make a leader out of you! PleaseContinue reading “Gates of the City”

Pastors and Elders XI: The Requirements for an Elder (part VIII)

The first requirement for elders given in 1 Timothy 3.3 is that they are not given to wine.  Now those of you who follow this series will know that we have already found out in 1 Timothy 3.2 that elders should not be drunk and should be sober, so is Paul repeating himself? Well, it couldContinue reading “Pastors and Elders XI: The Requirements for an Elder (part VIII)”