How many minutes have you had to yourself today? We live in a culture where we prize ourselves on being busy. What's the cure for busyness? The idea of taking time away from our busyness doesn't sit well with people in western society, including Christian leaders. How many of us - myself included - feel we have to reply "busy" when someone asks us how our day or week has … [Read more...] about The Cure for Busyness
Are you too busy for a holiday? Do you have a hard time taking all the holidays you are given? Do you worry about who will cover for you? We've just returned from ten days in North Norfolk. Due to the Coronavirus lockdown, it's the first holiday we've had since Christmas, and we needed it. We had to make it a priority. And we're glad we did! Are you too valuable to take … [Read more...] about Are you too busy for a holiday?
Here are some of the things I am learning during the Coronavirus lockdown of 2020. Trying to recreate what we have when we're together is exhausting The closure of church buildings in the UK was announced on 16 March. I spent most of that week planning what we could put in place whilst we could not meet in our hall. I sent out daily video briefings. I put a live stream … [Read more...] about Learning About Ourselves in the Coronavirus Lockdown
Here are some leadership and productivity blog posts I have come across recently. How to Preach with Supernatural Power by John Piper How does the preacher — how do I — become the means, the instrument, by which the Holy Spirit works the miracle of seeing and savoring and showing the glory of Christ in the hearts of the people? 6 Disruptive Church Trends That Will … [Read more...] about Weekend Leadership & Productivity Blog Posts Roundup
When it comes to stress in Christian ministry, Christmas is the time of year it hits the most. But there are two reasons why we shouldn't brag about it. I was prompted to write this post by two colleagues who tweeted that for many pastors, stress in Christian ministry, particularly at Christmas appeared to be a badge of honour for some. One suggested that acting as if … [Read more...] about Pastor, don’t brag about how busy you are this Christmas