Category: Leadership

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The Cream Rises to the Top

The Bible is one of the best books that I know on leadership. Whenever God wanted to get something done, He usually raised up a leader or a group of leaders to achieve His purposes. These people were not necessarily the most obvious choices at times, but God didn’t always see people as we are conditioned to see people.

Accordingly, it is possible for a person to be in a position of leadership without having the influence of a leader and it is possible to be a leader without being in the position of a leader. Ultimately, spiritual leadership has to do with the acceptance of responsibility and being a …

Letter to a growing Leader who wants to go to the next Level


Dear Jon Mark,
I have been thinking about our conversation regarding your desire to take your church to the next level and the matter of developing a leadership culture in your church. You are right in connecting these two issues, a fact that is usually overlooked, but is now more and more proving to be a matter of vital concern. I happen to agree with John Maxwell who said “that it all rises and falls on leadership.”

Some years ago Rick Warren studied a large number of successful churches from a variety of denominations and found one consistent characteristic that was common to them all; it was leadership. Sam Chand …

Generations Leave a Legacy

IMG_0548 (Reduced) - Copy  Rod, Sue’s Mum Lenora (aged 90), and Sue on the occasion of their enrolment as soldiers  with the Salvation Army, January 15th 2012.

It was while I was preparing the funeral service of my wife Sue’s mother, that I was impacted by the importance of generations. For Sue’s mum had just been promoted to glory (a Salvation Army term) and with her passing at the age of 96, she would be the last of her generation.

I decided to reflect on this thought at the funeral service as Sue and I would now be members of the remaining senior generation in our family line. It was a defining moment and …

Mentors of Mine – J Oswald Sanders (1902-1992)

J Oswald Sanders 1983Rod and Sue (slightly pregnant) with Mr Sanders in 1983 on one of the occasions he                                                   visited our home in Melbourne.

My first appointment in full time ministry in 1980 was at Blackburn Baptist Church in Melbourne.  It was the largest Baptist Church in Australia and I was given charge over the children’s, youth and young adult ministry, quite a challenge.

Even at this stage of my life, I had begun to develop the philosophy, ‘to grow the ministry, focus on growing leaders’.  Consequently I searched for two key books on leadership and on making disciples that each leader would be required to study.  My two books were ‘The Master …