The Jesus I wanted to know

"I believed in Jesus, I just couldn't stand the church." I am sure you have heard a statement like that in the past. Maybe you have even said something like that. I know I have, and I have worked in church ministry since the 90s! We are seeing all kinds of changes happening in the … Continue reading The Jesus I wanted to know

On Purpose: What’s Your Vision?

What do you imagine for yourself? The proverb says it well, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." When everything else was clouded, I lacked vision. We all do. A difficult aspect of losing sight of purpose is seeing actions through a dirty lens. Actions become less strategic and joyful, and the focus rests … Continue reading On Purpose: What’s Your Vision?

Upside down pyramid leaders

Every once in awhile I like to give a shout out to a good podcast episode. Pyramid icons created by smalllikeart - Flaticon On a semi-regular basis I listen to the leadership podcast by Andy Stanley. His focus is fairly clear on purpose and servant leadership and is applauded regularly for his ability to put … Continue reading Upside down pyramid leaders

On Purpose: What is your mission?

"We're on a mission from God!"The Blues Brothers Mission and purpose seem almost interchangeable. If you do a little research on your own you will find that many businesses and organisations use either term in some way to describe the essence of what they do. Cutting my teeth in leadership development back in the '90's, … Continue reading On Purpose: What is your mission?

On Purpose: What do you value?

How do you know what you value? Does it show? Yes, it shows! This is part of a video series I recently put together 'on purpose'. It fits with the workbook I am making available, but it also works with other material I have for individuals and groups. It also stands alone as a means … Continue reading On Purpose: What do you value?

Are you a safe place?

Kids say the darnedest things! "Remember when the doctor gave you those drugs that made us all happier?" One of my daughters shared this as we laughed together about the journey our household went through during her teenaged years. Mental health is an open topic in our family, so humour can easily come with the … Continue reading Are you a safe place?

Remembrance

Lest we forget. I have always had a complicated relationship with Remembrance Day. Not because I do not honour or respect the cause for such a day, or the people we honour. But because of my ongoing and growing understanding of my own convictions on peace and pacifism. It is a complicated place to be, … Continue reading Remembrance

Are you happy?

Happiness is pretty subjective, so take a moment to think about it. Happiness and gratitude have a lot to do with each other. It is not the first time I have mentioned this, and it definitely will not be the last. (You can check out my thoughts on thankfulness from Thanksgiving 2 years ago here: … Continue reading Are you happy?

Facebook withdrawal syndrome?

Yes it's only been a few hours without Facebook.... And Instagram... And WhatsApp... No, it is not November 5th, and this is not "V for Vendetta". (But you should go watch it if you haven't already) Click image to rent the movie on YouTube (Image from The Denver Post) But did it impact your day? … Continue reading Facebook withdrawal syndrome?

Us vs Them?

Have you ever heard of 'political hobbyism'? It is a term that has received some attention over the past couple of years, based on how people interact with the news, and more specifically, political news. The way I heard it described, it is very similar to what we have always seen in sports, as in … Continue reading Us vs Them?

Care…Might feel a bit like love

Do you feel loved in your setting? I know, I know, we try not to use words like ‘love’ in our social settings, especially when it relates to work. But I beg you to try and find a better all-encompassing term for what we expect of others, and others expect of us inversely, in situations … Continue reading Care…Might feel a bit like love

To be a Minister of Reconciliation

"Forgiveness is not a decision, it is a process"(DR. CHARLOTTE VANOYEN-WITVLIET) The summer of 2021 has been interesting for all of us. Not quite like 2020 when we were trying to get used to living in a global pandemic, we are now trying to accept when and how it should end. We are all in … Continue reading To be a Minister of Reconciliation