Marion and I, together with our two children arrived at Heathrow on 5 August 1994 as missionaries – sent ones – to Britain. The Words of Jesus initially spoken to the early disciples are branded in the very footprints and DNA of our lives:
“As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” John 20:21
Jesus is of course the greatest Sent One and our finest example to model as a missionary sent with a purpose. His sending us has imprinted motivations within us that go to the core of everything we are and do here.
- Jesus sends you into a particular setting, place and culture, in all likelihood unlike what you are familiar with as your own. Jesus left Heaven and came to earth – we left South Africa and came to the UK, and Exeter in particular. As Jesus participated fully in the context He was sent to [except the immorality] so we have immersed ourselves into the cultural context so as to bring Christ into the culture. Continue Reading
There’s no doubt that when you look around the leadership in the church world that we need Godly, effective, statured leadership. I have many people placed into the role as leader of a church that should never have been there in the first place. Some are there because of need, others ambition – like David’s son Absolom, they sit at the city gate and through wickedness gain favour to rule. Others still rise into that place without call or anointing while others do so by virtue of church splits and divisions. All of these are unprepared, and many that are prepared have been declared so by pharisaical seminaries that have transformed them into twice the religious animals that they are.
What perplexes many a minister more is whether to import leadership into their ministry from the outside or raise it up from within Continue Reading
Fighting is a part of life. Sooner or later it’s going to happen. Like Jesus said, “It is impossible that offences will not come.” When people fight against you it’s terrible and based on the context you can either deal with it or be overcome by it. It’s much better when people fight on your side though. Or is it?
As a leader of an organisation I have been on both sides of the arena. People have fought against me/us for any and every reason you can imagine and others have stood with me and fought with me against my/our opponents. I used to think highly of those who stood beside to me and appreciate their sense of loyalty and camaraderie of being on the same side together. Until it bit me on the bum! Continue Reading
I love the strength God invests in a man. You can hear it in the voice of Joshua when he says, “As For me Continue Reading