How Scotiabank Taught Me About Leadership

Leadership and Ministry

Scotiabank, the bank we use, recently updated their mobile app. Not surprisingly, there were some glitches. I went on Twitter and found it was not just me but plenty of people were complaining about the […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. Building Purpose Driven Churches the Jesus Way – Tom Holladay Clarity and then Cleverness – Philip Nation 7 Contradictory Cultural Trends – And 7 Ways […]

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Leadership as Influence

Leadership

Last Sunday I preached a sermon that some people felt challenged by. Some people even disagreed with me. In this sermon, I suggested that all people who have influence are leaders. Part of this was […]

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Why I Still Learn From Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley

I regularly listen to Andy Stanley’s Leadership Podcast. I do this despite some of the controversy over Stanley and criticisms toward him by many evangelicals. If you look at posts about Andy Stanley on my […]

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Review

Five Dysfunctions of a Team

I had a copy of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. What delayed me in reading it was the subtitle, A Leadership Fable. I pictured talking animals discussing leadership but it was […]

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2 Models of Christian Ministry to Avoid (Or Not)

Ministry

Over the last number of decades, there have been quite a few Christian leadership books that have drawn from business models. Some pastors even promote non-Christian business books as positive models for leadership. This is […]

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2 Things I Wished I Learned More in Seminary

Seminary

My wife is just beginning her seminary studies and that is making me reflect on my own experience in seminary. I had a fantastic experience at McMaster Divinity College and I had a very good […]

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My Experience With a Coach

Leadership and Ministry

You may have heard about life coaching. A life coach helps a person to ask the right questions in order to determine a direction for their life. Life coaching is for everybody. Did you know […]

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Should We Still Read Books by Bill Hybels?

Leadership and Ministry

The situation at Willow Creek with former pastor Bill Hybels continues to deteriorate as reported in this recent article at Christianity Today. Bill Hybels was for a long time one of the superstars of Christian […]

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My Top Five Leadership Blog Posts

Leadership and Ministry

One of the topics that I enjoy blogging about is that of leadership. These are the top five leadership posts on my blog since I began. What is the Difference Between a Speech and a […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Build Your Team

Pastor

Whether you are the solo pastor of a small church or one of the pastors in multi-staff situation, we are all part of a team. Out team might be other pastors, deacons/elders or a group […]

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The Most Uncomfortable Leadership Lesson

Leadership

It is good to have the opportunity to serve under good and healthy leaders. We should be observant and teachable as we follow them. I served with one pastor and I would meet weekly with […]

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Don’t Be This Leader

Leader

There are a number of leadership styles. Some are better than others and some are a matter of taste or personality. But there is one style that I think is always unhealthy and unfortunately I […]

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A Leadership Lesson From the Justice League Movie

Leader

I recently watched the Justice League movie. It was an enjoyable movie but that is not what I want to talk about here (You can read my review here). There was one particular scene that […]

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Leadership Lessons From Cars 3

Cars 3

I just came back from watching Cars 3 with my family. My mini-review is that it is fantastic. It was far superior to Cars 2 and really captures the magic that made the first movie […]

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5 Things I Need to Remind Myself as a Pastor

Leadership and Ministry

I love being a pastor. It is one of the most fulfilling things I have done. But it is easy to lose focus. I need to remind myself of some important truths on a regular […]

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A Leadership Lesson From My Daughter

Leadership

My youngest child is a beautiful 8-year old girl named Faith. She has repeatedly demonstrated that she is wise beyond her years. She recently did it again with what I consider a powerful leadership illustration. […]

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4 Leadership Lessons From Hacksaw Ridge

Leadership

I was very impressed with the movie Hacksaw Ridge. While you can probably find leadership principles in just about any movie, there were some powerful examples in Hacksaw Ridge. Here are four that stood out […]

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Leadership and The Enemy Within

Leadership

I enjoy the original Star Trek series and have been recently watching them from the first episode. As I was watching the episode, “The Enemy Within,” I could not help but think about the implications […]

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An Interview With Dallas Friesen on Christian Leadership

Hope's Reason

In this episode of the podcast, I interview Dr. Dallas Friesen, Director of Congregational Development with the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. Dallas talks to us about his experience in ministry and the developments […]

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An Interview With Darryl Dash on Church Leadership

Hope's Reason

In this episode, I have the opportunity to talk with Darryl Dash. Darryl is the founding pastor of Liberty Grace Church in Toronto. We had a great conversation about what ministry looks like and his […]

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5 Ways to Motivate Your Team

Leadership and Ministry

It is not enough to just tell people what to do. If you want to be an effective leader, it is important to motivate your team to do their best. Here are five ways in […]

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5 Things to Do When You Receive Criticism

Leadership and Ministry

If you are in a position of leadership, you are eventually going to receive criticism. If you are never criticized, then there is probably something wrong. But how should you react when you are criticized? […]

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3 Things Pastors Can Learn From Donald Trump

During this election season, I must confess that I’m thankful that I’m a Canadian. My thoughts and prayers are with my American brothers and sisters. In some ways I’m surprised that Donald Trump has made […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts that I came across this week. You might find them helpful, so go check them out. 5 Questions Pastors Neglect in Sermon Prep – Charles Stone Eight Time Drainers of […]

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3 Leadership Podcasts You Should Listen To

As a pastor, an important part of my role is teaching. But just as important, if not more, is my role as a student. I need to be learning, not just more biblical and theological […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership

There is a tremendous amount of good Christian leadership content available for pastors and other leaders. Here is some of what I have found this week. 5 Signs Your Church Has Gone Too Far With […]

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Reaching Millennials

Leadership and Ministry

I will admit that I approached David Stark’s new book, Reaching Millennials, with a bit of caution. It all came down to the subtitle: Proven Methods for Engaging a Young Generation. I am always hesitant […]

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5 Mistakes Pastors Make

Pastors

Pastors are just as human as everyone else. This means that mistakes are made. The first step is to just be aware of these temptations. Here are five of the most common mistakes that I […]

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Leading Me – Review

Leading Me

In the past decade and a half, there have been a tremendous amount of books written on leadership, some better than others. It is a good thing that people are interested in growing as leaders. […]

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Steve Brown and Leading Me

I have known Steve Brown for about fifteen years. I have always been very impressed with his work with the Arrow Leadership Program. As I watched Steve operating in his gifts, I often asked myself, […]

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Brain Savvy Leaders

There are huge numbers of leadership books published each year, many of them saying much of the same things. Do we really need another book on leadership? Charles Stone, provides a very fresh perspective on […]

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How to Have Conflict With Your Pastor

Leadership and Ministry

This is not a guide of how to start conflict if you are currently in a good relationship with your pastor. Rather, this post will seek to give some suggestions on how to deal with […]

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Step by Step: A Conversation With Deane Proctor

Leadership and Ministry

This is a special interview for me as this one is with my pastor. I have known Deane Proctor for some time as we were both pastoring in the same denomination. When my family was […]

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Life Centred: A Conversation With Jason Boucher

The Church has been blessed with many talented pastors and it is my desire to introduce some of them to you. Jason Boucher is the Lead Pastor of Lifecentre in the Ottawa area. Although I […]

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5 Tips to Becoming a Successful Associate Pastor

Associate Pastor

Being an associate pastor is both very rewarding and challenging. It is not necessarily the role that is difficult but rather the mindset that goes with it. Here are few things I learned during my […]

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Public Faith: A Conversation With Don Hutchinson

Don Hutchinson

I got to know Don Hutchinson when we were both working for the same organization. I have come to appreciate his passion for standing up for the rights of Christians both in Canada and abroad. […]

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Leading Leaders: A Conversation With Steve Brown

I have known Steve Brown for about 15 years. We met when he was the associate pastor at Church on the Rock and I was the associate pastor at Mount Hamilton Baptist Church, both in […]

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3 Mentoring Relationships

Mentoring is one of the most important relationships that you can be involved in. I am a firm believer in discipleship and the best way to disciple is through a mentoring relationship. Mentoring is not […]

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What We Can Learn From Mark Driscoll

I am not interested in going into detail about Mark Driscoll’s recent problems. I feel as if leaders of “less successful” churches are watching with glee as this evangelical super-star falls from power. The truth […]

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Churches, Pastors and the Disabled

Autism Blog

When it comes to welcoming those with disabilities into a church, I come at it with two hats. One hat is as a father of two children with autism. The other hat is as one […]

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5 Frustrations of Pastoral Ministry (or Why Would Anyone Choose Pastoral Ministry?)

Leadership and Ministry

A guest post by Deane Proctor. This column risks coming off as some sort of pastoral pity-party but it’s really not meant to be. I’m very pleased and honored to have been called to serve […]

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5 Essential Aspects of Being a Leader

Leader

People lead, whether or not they have an official position. Many people are leaders, the question is about whether they are good or bad leaders. I have learned a thing our two about leadership in […]

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Crazy Busy

A guest book review by Deane Proctor, pastor of Queensway Baptist Church of Crazy Busy. Like most Christian leaders, the number of books in my “to read” pile is getting out of hand. Too little time, too […]

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Leadership Lessons from Captain Kirk

As a Star Trek fan (not a Trekkie), I appreciate these leadership lessons from Captain Kirk put together by Alex Knapp at Forbes.  You can read all about it here.

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