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Lessons from other pulpits

As a Christian leader who climbs pulpit steps with the hope of speaking to inspire, I am always fascinated to see the method, message and impact of others who stand at different lecterns. Last month two men occupied massive pulpits with millions in attendance. 

Theodore Roosevelt used the term ‘bully pulpit’ to describe the oratory of the White House, and the current occupant walked up its steps this week to galvanise a nation. In contrast, Lance Armstrong, the shamed cyclist stepped up to the couch of Oprah Winfrey. Both of them had a massive opportunity and some thought they both had things to apologise for, but there the similarity ended.
Obama’s purposes were:

  • To galvanise and unite a diverse community by defining who they are.
  • To reiterate the values that underpin that community.
  • To paint a picture of a possible and exciting future.
  • To define the next few steps towards it.

Armstrong’s purpose, as far as I can see, was simply to put his hand up to past error and try to build some sort of future relationship with the community that once admired him.
Occasionally, those of us who preach as part of our leadership may put our hands up and say we were wrong over something we said or did, but the Jesus lesson is clearer in Obama’s speech.
The opening of the Sermon on the Mount has parallels with the president. 

  • Jesus galvanises his diverse community reaching right across to the poor in spirit, the bereaved and the meek.   
  • His words reverberate with values that will define national identities appealing to mercy, righteousness and the pursuit of peace.
  • He paints a picture of the kingdom of heaven, still to be clearly seen but already making its presence felt.
  • He indicates the first few steps that he will take before we follow in his footsteps.

How high is your vision of what can be done through a sermon? There are good things we can learn from other practitioners, but don’t forget, even the best won’t improve on Jesus’ method, message and impact.
Lead on
Graham Archer

Securing the future through residential ministry

David Hart leads our Ventures and Falcon Camps ministry. In this article he identifies the role that residential ministry has in evangelism and developing leaders.
In this article I want to suggest there are ways we could revolutionise the long-term quality of discipleship of Christians in the British Church. With nearly twenty years of organising residential experiences you will not be surprised by how I think this can be achieved!
Read the full article


Book recommendation
Every leader has to manage themselves: handle emails, return phone calls, prepare for things, keep records and so on. It is part of the role. Even if you have a great PA, there is still some basic stuff you and you alone have to do. Learning some tips on how to handle all this just a little better can be a huge help. Here are two books that are very different, and both excellent. If in doubt, get both!
Do It Tomorrow, Mark Forster
Written by someone who wasn’t naturally organised and had tried all the other books on personal management only to find they didn’t work for him, Forster offers a different approach. It is still a system, but one which seems to work well for those who struggle with personal organisation.
Getting Things Done, David Allen
This is a book that those who are naturally organised tend to love. Allen promotes a clear and systematic approach, with practical guidance on everything from how to organise filing to diary management. Even if you don't buy into the whole system, there is much to be learned here. There are also additional resources on his website, along with regular email bulletins.

Additional resource material

Leadership blogs
Some of us love them, some don’t, and still others have never really had a look. But whatever you think about blogs, there are a lot of them out there! So what are the best leadership blogs? Here are a few suggestions, and we’d love you to add to the list. Post your recommendations here.
Sharpening Leaders is a blog run by my colleague in Canada, Steve Brown. Wise and thoughtful. 
Mike Breen and 3Dm offer thoughts on discipleship, leadership and mission.
John Maxwell is a well know American author on leadership. His blog covers a wide range of leadership related topics.  
Seth Godin offers a different angle on just about everything. Always thought provoking, sometimes totally off the wall, he will certainly get you thinking. 
And for something a little quirky and gloriously opinionated, try the Opinionated Vicar.

Leadership talk

'The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot.'
Michael Altshuler

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Dave Male, Director of the Centre for Pioneer Leadership, reflects on why mission gets lost in the busyness of leadership.


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