More training Wednesdays

Here are some resources from the last few weeks: From the Bible Overview: The Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis) Journeying to and Entering the Land (Numbers to Ruth) From the Hebrews series: The warning passages in Hebrews (Lee Gatiss) Session on Hebrews 8-10 From the servant leadership and ministry skills series: Servant leadership lessons from 2 Corinthians 1-5 How to get things done: time, energy & mission (Tim Challies) Daily workflow (Matt…

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4 patterns of master-slave relations

Here are 4 different models of interaction between masters (leaders) and slaves (employees): Oppressive master and submissive slave This tends to be the pattern in settled traditional societies and modern totalitarian societies. Hierarchy is strong – the pyramid model. Those at ‘the top’ very much see themselves as ‘above’ others and those at the bottom know their place and submit. Leaders are dictators who cannot be questioned, ‘big men’ who…

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Faithful in gospel mission: MTC 1 2017

It has been great to have two weeks together, particularly preparing the new group of apprentices as they go out into challenging mission placements all over Kenya (and beyond). Second Timothy was one of our main texts for the fortnight and our expositors drew out very clearly for us that what the Lord is seeking is not creativity but faithfulness. We don’t need to invent a clever new strategy to…

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Sons or slaves

Peter Maiden, interviewed in Evangelicals Now (Dec 2016), speaks from his experience of leading a large mission organisation of the way our security in Christ (or lack of it) has a major impact on our ability to be servant leaders: I witnessed a small number of Christian leaders, unsure of their identity in Christ, who became insecure leaders. This had a hugely negative impact. They often had younger people coming…

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The un-wasted, future-focused life

Last Friday – the last day of the Ministry Training Course week – we began with an eternal perspective as Harrison preached through the later chapters of Acts and brought out Paul’s single-mindedness, heavenly focus and willingness to be the grain of  wheat that falls to the ground and dies to bring fruit. I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I…

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iServe Africa Reloaded

Excited to be on week 2 of the new adventure of ‘Training Wednesdays’ as part of an enhanced 2nd Year programme for the iServe apprentices. Some resources and notes so far: Biblical Theology 1-2 Jonathan Griffiths (ed), The Perfect Saviour: Key Themes in Hebrews, IVP Servant Leadership lessons from 2 Corinthians 1-5 Conversation KE

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RTB Kisumu 2015

. Praising God for a good time with some wonderful brothers and sisters in Kisumu. Here are some tweet-esque highlights: “Shall I obey the word of the terrorist or the word of God?”- missionary receiving death threat posted under his door It’s not a question of Will you suffer? – of course you’ll suffer, that’s the deal – the question is How will you respond? The *substance* of our comfort…

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Raising the Bar – Which bar?

A good friend told me recently he was trying to lower the bar when it came to preaching in his church. And I completely agreed with him. My friend’s concern was that in his church – a sound, conservative evangelical, faithful Bible preaching church – Word ministry had become professionalised – certainly in the perception of most of the congregation – so that it was considered to be the preserve of…

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