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

Authority and Responsibility work well together

A few years ago I posted about the idea of 'power and authority', shortly after Donald Trump became president: https://leadfreely.ca/2017/01/10/who-has-power-over-you/ That was an unfortunate time in world history, one which many people are trying to forget. There was plenty of conversations about the idea of holding power, having power, taking power, and also having authority. … Continue reading Authority and Responsibility work well together

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?

Do you have a timeline?

One of my favourite tools for individuals and groups is creating a timeline. Have you ever done one? Basically, a timeline is exactly how it sounds. Go through meaningful events in your life or in a specific place and space, order them according to their place in time, and then discuss their meaning. To add … Continue reading Do you have a timeline?

Not just a pivot. It is a re-vision.

Pivot. New normal. Languishing. WFH. #workfromhome. You need to unmute. Zoom. Virtual meeting. Circuit breaker. Doomscrolling. Social distancing. Opportunity. In this together… What words are you learning to hate during the pandemic? Some are hard to resist. They start off well-meaning, but then become over-used, and finally, they are just plain annoying to hear. ‘Pivot’ … Continue reading Not just a pivot. It is a re-vision.

On Purpose: So, what is your purpose?

Do you have a purpose statement? Have you ever written one? Or do you have one memorized? Maybe you have put together a personal statement before or have been part of a process with your team or workgroup. Do you remember it? It does cause some awkwardness in meetings when you bring up the subject … Continue reading On Purpose: So, what is your purpose?

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