Category Archives: Leadership

Pastoral Social Structures that form Moral Failure

I am enjoying my way through David Fitch’s insightful book, The Great Giveaway. In it he devotes a chapter to leadership that does well to deconstruct unhealthy evangelical leadership structures. He works the issue of why moral failure in the pastorate is so prevalent and attributes the challenge to the very social structures by which...

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3 Perspectives on Pastoral Ministry

I’ve been thinking about pastoral ministry and the many images we have that define that vocation. We’ve hear of shepherd, teacher, leader, guide, and coach, among others. They are all valuable images that lend to the vocation. However, in our culturally progressive and business-minded world, new images of pastor as CEO, or manager have made...

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Speedlinking-August 19th

Here is a great quote about Discipleship from Erika’s site. The 417 Rules of Awesomely Bold Leadership…also Here and Here. For Mac users…I ordered I-Life 08. I hear mixed reviews. What about you? What do you think of it? Here are some books I have just ordered: The Way of Ignorance, Wendell Berry Everyday Theology,...

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Signs of Emergence…

Jordan Cooper reviews Sign’s of Emergence by Kester Brewin, now released in North America. Here is a quote I picked up from Len’s blog today. It is rather well put and perhaps not what many might expect is the right solution by today’s assumptions. "There are still those who cry for revolution, for a revival...

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Some questions to consider

What constitutes a missional ecclesiology? Is it the activity of mission from an ecclesial centre, or is mission central and formative of any supporting structures for discipleship and mobilization What are the differences between values and practices for formation? I would like to know your thoughts on the subject. What do you think?

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A motley bunch of followers [Updated]…

Tonight our leadership team gathered for a BBQ to celebrate the year. Nothing formal, just being friends all sharing in the joy and struggle of leadership together. We gathered in the evening and joined our voices in worship. As we were singing, I couldn’t help but stop and look around the room where twenty-something leaders...

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busy writing…

I have been busy the last couple of days formulating a proposal for a Spiritual Formation engagement in our congregation. This has kept me from posting as much as I like. The engagement I am working on is a practice in discernment through the prayer of Examen to help our mission groups walk in closer...

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A full day…work and Allelon and missional engagement

I spent the first half of the day at work eagerly waiting for the 11th hour so I could jaunt over to Carey College to sit in at the Allelon Summer Institute. I was eager to hear Alan Roxburgh, Cam Roxburgh, and Alan Hirsch talk about things missional. I was equally eager to meet up...

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Boundary Crossing and Missional Transformation

My friend Scott Hagley is working on his PHD at Luther Seminary and has written a couple of articles for the June 2007 issue of the Church Innovations newsletter. The first one is Boundary Crossing and Missional Transformation. He is both a gifted writer and sharp mind of things theological. I have the privilege of...

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An important paper…

Len Hjalmarson has just finished up an important collection of writing called Leader as Listener. This 10 piece series can be downloaded here as a PDF. If you are involved in church leadership and haven’t taken the time to read it in full, I recommend you do so. This body of work is both an...

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Thursday, Bonhoeffer and Spiritual Direction

It’s Thursday (my Friday) and I sit in the lounge space at Regent College awaiting a meeting with a potential Spiritual Director. More on that below. I had the rare opportunity to drive into work today, so I took the time to listen to yet another one of Krista Tippett’s podcasts from Speaking of Faith....

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Some worthwhile link thingies to click on and read…

Will Willimon tees up a Dr King quote that is just as prophetic and piercing today as it was in his context…it’s about how the church should be a thermostat rather than thermometer. Julie Clawson at Onehandclapping points to Chris Jordan’s Photography collection called Running the numbers. It looks at contemporary American culture through the...

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Jesus is Poor

"Jesus, the Blessed One, is poor. The poverty of Jesus is much more than an economic or social poverty. Jesus is poor because he freely chose powerlessness over power, vulnerability over defensiveness, dependency over self-sufficiency. As the great "Song of Christ" so beautifully expresses: "He … did not count equality with God something to be...

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Spiritual Formation Retreat – Day 6

Day six (Saturday) was the day we all looked forward to. It was time to make our way outward and visit with Tim Dickau from Grandview Calvary Baptist Church on the East Side of Vancouver. We gathered after morning prayers and breakfast and began the trek toward the bus station. After the bus ride, we...

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Center for Spiritual Formation

I have completed all my final preparations tonight as in the morning I am off for an eight day retreat for the 2nd year class in the Centre for Spiritual Formation. CSF is a two year intensive offered through Carey Theological College and is the concentration I have chosen for my MPM degree tract. The...

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