Category: Mentoring

The Little / BIG Principle…………A basic building block in making disciples

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It was John Maxwell who brought to my attention the fact that experience is not the best teacher. Otherwise, everybody would be getting better and more mature as they grow older. Rather, evaluated experience is the best teacher. Evaluated experience is the experience that is reflected upon and where lessons are learnt and growth in maturity follows.

As I have taken time to reflect on my own life’s experiences, certain discipleship lessons have come to the surface.  One that has consistently occurred is what is called the little / big principle, and is mentioned four times in the parables of Jesus.
(Matthew 25:21, 23. Luke 16:10, 19:17)
“You have been

CAUSE……VISION…..LEADER. The Pathway to a Life of Impact

Denis-Mukwege-e-allattivista-yazida-Nadia-MuradDr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, joint recipients of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

I was deeply stirred by the lives of two of the people who were awarded the Nobel peace prize for 2018. Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad received their awards for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

Nadia Murad was captured by terrorists in her small Iraqi village in August 2014 and sold into sexual slavery; targeted because her family belonged to the minority Yazidi religion. At the age of 21, she watched her mother and 6 brothers being marched away by terrorists to be killed. In her …

KEEP IT SIMPLE : Developing a Discipleship Pathway

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INTRODUCTION
The Forbes.com’s number 1 Business Book of 2016 was, KEEP IT SIMPLE: Unclutter Your Mind to Uncomplicate Your Life written by Joe Calloway. The book challenges us to resist the temptation to overcomplicate things and to boil things down to the essence of what matters most. It confronts our natural almost unnoticed tendency to drift towards complexity or away from the purpose for which we exist. It takes some continued resolve to keep it simple and focused.

Calloway’s advice is to boil things down to three simple rules, like the large national trucking company that reduced things to three simple rules:

  • Pick it up when you said you would.

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

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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 …