The 5 Dysfunctions of Your Team

Are you feeling comfortable? Comfort is one of those things I cherish, not just in my home, but in everything I do. When I speak of care in work and team settings it always starts with ‘comfort’. If people are not comfortable, they will not share openly or function well, because there is always the … Continue reading The 5 Dysfunctions of Your Team

Advent and how we love

"What's love got to do with it?!" Tina Turner Ah yes, the title line from one of my favourite Tina Turner songs. The season is festive, and this installment of the Advent season is all about love. It is pretty fitting to talk about love as it seems to fill the whole Christmas celebration! Love is … Continue reading Advent and how we love

Advent and the season of joy!

This is the week of joy in the Advent season. People often struggle with this one, and it impacts how they lead out. There was a study done in Sweden some time back, regarding the happiness people experience in life. Is it found in completing all their goals and getting what they want? Or is … Continue reading Advent and the season of joy!

What is the church for?

Now that is an interesting question! One that many churches, at least the ones I have worked with over the years, do not ask of themselves. The more common question is: What is the church? A philosophical reason for being, an introspection into ourselves on repeat. But that is not the most helpful way to … Continue reading What is the church for?

Freedom and Infringement on the team

What does your freedom cost someone else on your team? We have talked about it before, it comes up often in the average workplace, and I speak about it so often. The balance between authority and responsibility is a hard one to strike. We want the 2 to get along at all times but the … Continue reading Freedom and Infringement on the team

Truth and Reconciliation, cont’d

This past Sunday I failed to mention that the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation is this coming Friday. And I felt a little remorse. Too many people that look like me, who found Canada the way my ethnic group did, and enjoy what came with settlement, don't feel the same way. The empathy and … Continue reading Truth and Reconciliation, cont’d

How quickly do you make decisions?

Do you ever wish decisions took longer and had more people involved? Most people would say no to both. Just an educated guess. Decision making in groups, particularly groups like the church, can be very difficult. The more people involved and unclear lines of authority can make for a complicated and tiring process. Just think … Continue reading How quickly do you make decisions?

Preparing for the year ahead!

Well, if you are like me you schedule a lot of your life according to the academic calendar. Every church or ministry I have worked with has done so, and it just seems to be the way to do it. School starts, people get serious after summer holidays, harvest is happening or almost complete, time … Continue reading Preparing for the year ahead!

Do you make room for an enemy?

How many enemies do you have? I know, I know, we are not supposed to call anyone an enemy. And I realize for many of you it is difficult to admit out loud that some people may even get the title. But we all know who they are in our circles. It does not mean … Continue reading Do you make room for an enemy?

Being and Doing

I had the opportunity to preach about Mary and Martha recently. A very familiar story about how 2 sisters respond to Jesus coming to their house for a visit. A friend asked how I would be presenting the story, and I simply texted: Martha bad, Mary good I was kidding of course. But I reflected … Continue reading Being and Doing

Values you hold, things that just take energy

Do you remember me asking what you were hoping to hold on to after COVID? It has been a couple of years, so here is the refresher: That post about what we hold onto after COVID Keeping things we value for an extended period of time can be difficult. I see it in churches, in … Continue reading Values you hold, things that just take energy

How do you handle power?

We all have some power. What we do with it says a lot about who we are, in leadership, and in life. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly … Continue reading How do you handle power?