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One thing

Imagine. You can be granted one thing. Anything, but only one thing. Sorry, three wishes are out, just one. One thing. What would it be?
  
I write this in the middle of Lent, a season for reflection and repentance. It is a great opportunity as leaders, not simply to make the annual fast from chocolate/alcohol/Facebook or whatever it is you normally give up for Lent, but to also reflect on where our deepest heart’s desires lie.
 
One thing.
 
Those in leadership always have many pressing things they would love to see sorted. Right now, with a few months to go, we have no venue for three five-day residentials. The centre we’ve been using for the last 15 years announced it was closing last Friday. That is one thing I’d love to see sorted! 
 
However, important and urgent as many of these things are, Psalm 27 offers us a helpful reminder of one thing: ‘One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.’
 
One thing.
 
It wasn’t what instinctively came to my mind. Yet, above everything else, Christian leaders are called to remain connected to God, to grow in knowledge of who he is, to walk humbly and closely with him, to desire him above everything else.
 
Henri Nouwen summed it up well: ‘It is not enough for the leaders of the future to be moral people, well trained, eager to help their fellow human beings, and able to respond creatively to the burning issues of the their time. All of that is very valuable and important, but it is not the heart of Christian leadership. The central question is, “Are the leaders of the future truly women and men of God, people with an ardent desire to dwell in God’s presence, to listen to God’s voice, to look at God’s beauty, to touch God’s incarnate word and to taste fully God’s goodness?”’
 
One thing.
 
Lead on
 
James

Do you love people?

David Banting, vicar of St Peter's Church in Harold Wood, offers some thoughts on why loving people ought to be high on the list of qualities we look for in potential leaders, and high on the agenda of those of us who are already in leadership. 
   
I was encouraged to read of a prospective associate minister anticipating moving to a new church family. His letter finished with: ‘I and my family look forward to sharing our lives with you’. I was encouraged, because I took it to allude to Paul’s example in 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8: ‘Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.’
  
 
    
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Resources

Apps for leaders
The world is full of Apps, but which ones are worth exploring? Pam Macnaughton, CPAS Leadership Specialist, offers a few suggestions for those in leadership.
 
Prayer and Bible study

  • Just released from the Church of England is a new daily prayer app. Find out more at www.chpublishing.co.uk/features/our-apps
  • WordLive (from Scripture Union) is for people who want to meet with God and engage with the Bible in fresh ways. It has lectionary readings with reflections (www.wordlive.org)
  • Alternatively, try UCB ‘Word for Today’ for free daily readings and reflections at www.ucb.co.uk 

Resources for teaching

For further ideas, try this link for a list of more iPad apps. They are largely, but not completely about organisational tools that the writer has found useful.

Additional resource material

Using measurement well
The latest Grove leadership book is out on Using Measurement Well, looking at how to encourage a culture of human flourishing. It helpfully plots a path between over and under measuring, and explores what it is appropriate to measure in a church context. Available here.
  
Moving on?
Are you a clergy person in the Church of England? Thinking of moving on? Want to know how to find a new role and prepare for the process well? Take a look at these Moving On days designed to do just that. 
   
Stop doing that event!
Ever wondered if your church event may be coming to the end of its shelf life? An interesting blog post to help work out whether it is time to close something down.

Leadership talk


'The leadership about which Jesus speaks is of a radically different kind from the leadership offered by the world.'
Henri Nouwen

Next month...

Line management

Claire Pedrick offers advice on looking after staff.  

Resources

Graham Archer reviews a recommended leadership book. 

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