Tag: Discipleship

Established in Prayer

When I was a new Christian in my early teens, one of the main arenas of discipleship and spiritual growth for me was the act of worship. I learnt how to play the guitar so that I could play worship songs. I had singing lessons so I could lead worship in church. In my own…

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The Favour of Man

“The focus is not Joseph’s winsome personality, but on God.” – John Piper (Providence, pg 386-7) “The LORD…gave [Joseph] favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison” – Genesis 39:21 In my reading of the story of Joseph (and with similar characters such as Daniel) who gained the favour and recognition of those…

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Be someone worth imitating

I read an article recently which struck a bunch of chords and resonated with some of the principles which I highly value. The article was an excerpt from Bobby Jamieson’s recent book: The Path to Being a Pastor. (High up on my Wishlist at the moment!) So what stood out? Our western culture tries to…

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Called or Qualified for Ministry?

In my experience of being a Christian within so called “charismatic” churches, I have heard quite a lot about being ‘called’ to church leadership. We talk about someone being ‘anointed’ to lead worship or being set apart by God for leadership in a local church. We might say that God has called us to minister…

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Six Leadership Lessons (Part 2): Training Others and Maintaining a Dynamic Ministry Philosophy

The previous two lessons were 1) maintaining a learning posture throughout life and 2) valuing spiritual authority as a primary power base. We continue now looking at Bobby Clinton’s six leadership lessons which seem to appear consistently throughout the lives of many Christian leaders. 3) Effective leaders recognise leadership selection and development as a primary…

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Interested?

“The secret to success is taking an interest in life.” I read this quote recently as part of a personal growth programme I’ve signed up to. And I really do agree with it. I think a lot is written about the importance of self-discipline, perseverance and a good work ethic. These things are great and…

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