My mother runs a magical kingdom – a kingdom where fairy tales come to life and wild imaginations are free to roam.
Some of the world’s greatest leaders, despite their amazing power to bring about change, are actually humble servants to a cause. We might think of Mother Teresa, or Greg Mortenson, whose mission is to promote peace one school at a time in Pakistan. Who or what do these leaders serve?
I’m often asked, “Why are you a pastor?” Or, “What’s it like being a young(er) pastor?” Or I simply get intrigued looks when strangers discover my profession. These reactions reveal stereotypes about pastors and church leaders that many people hold, as those people assume they know who I should be or how I should act.
What type of leadership does the world need? In a 2001 interview, writer and management consultant Margaret Wheatley said, “We need to move from the leader as hero, to the leader as host. Can we be as welcoming, congenial, and invitational to the people who work with us as we would be if they were our guests at a party? Can we think of the leader as a convener of people?
In an unprecedented move for the modern Arab Muslim country, Morocco deported as many as 70 foreign aid workers in March, some 20 of whom were long-term Christian workers at Village of Hope, a family-style orphanage. A national Moroccan pastor and his wife were also detained.
Text Examined: 1 Kings 6:11-13 – “Israel was formed as a nation in the crucible of the exodus from Egypt, described in Exodus 12–14 as nothing short of a revolutionary emancipation. Before Israel entered the promised land of Canaan, Moses provided the people with a constitution, the statutes and justice (mishpat) we call Deuteronomy. The constitution of Israel was anti-imperial, Egypt upside-down. In the mishpat of Yahweh, people were not enslaved but set free from slavery.”
Helmut T. Huebert’s aim has always been to “help people gain a better understanding of Mennonite history, and in many cases their own family history,” said the researcher, author, and historian, in a phone interview. “Partnering with GAMEO will help make that happen.”
Follow Me to Freedom: Leading and Following as an Ordinary RadicalAuthors: Shane Claiborne and John M. PerkinsUnited in their vision for the Kingdom of God, good friends and colleagues Shane Claiborne (founder of The Simple Way) and John Perkins (civil rights leader) offer challenging insights into leadership from very different backgrounds.
Usually when a smaller congregation closes to join a larger one, it’s because the former is in trouble. But that’s not why Gateway Christian Fellowship, the newest of St. Catharines’ six MB churches, celebrated their 10-year anniversary by becoming a campus of Southridge Community Church’s new multisite venture.
Sasha (Sarba Shanti Ayog), a not-for-profit marketing organization, was started in Calcutta, India, 31 years ago to help craftspeople earn a decent living through improving and better promoting their products. With sustainable employment, the craftspeople are able to stay in their villages “instead of migrating to the cities and living degrading lives,” said Sasha’s executive director Roopa Mehta.
Leadership isn’t a new topic, especially within the Canadian conference. In fact, developing leaders is one of the conference’s six strategic goals and services. Four years ago, the conference commissioned a pastoral trends survey, and found that nearly 39 percent of participants indicated they would be leaving the conference – creating a leadership vacuum in many churches.
Acoustic Hymns ProjectBy: Johnny MarkinMy standard for good music is, “What can I do while listening to it?” Acoustic Hymns Project strikes me as something you put on at 8:30 p.m. as you reflect on a day lived more or less with God. The album by Johnny Markin, worship pastor at Northview Community Church in Abbotsford, B.C., can either dictate or reflect a mood of peace.