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Half way

I’m actually just a little more than half way through my MA in Pastoral Theology and really enjoying the learning, though finding the time is a challenge. The current course on The Word and Sacraments is a wonderfully refreshing experience and I think I am more in line with our position than ever. I see in ever increasing measure the wisdom in keeping people’s hearts and minds to the spiritual matters, and while the use of any and every tool possible must be made to underscore this, in the end our coming to see God’s work in our hearts as superior to any ritual or practice is essential.

I will get to write a paper at the end of this outlining my thinking with historical, theological and Biblical support.

As well I have found a wonderful book for preachers as illustrated below. A great tool – very practical – buy one for your corps officers!


Reflections on a week of leadership developmentThe

While standing in line to scoop up a delicious supper from the serving table someone asked me – do you still blog?  Yes I do -well not quite like I use to – I use to write something every day – every evening usually.  But I’ve slipped on that discipline.  A good discipline I believe as it helps me reflect on the day and to consider more seriously my many thoughts.

The Leadership Studio

Dr. Steve Brown teaching

The ice is melting

The entrance to the studio from the bridge

Leadership and relationships are essential

Dr. Steve Brown holds up his new book selfie


Leadership applied

The boathouse

The community meal

Mist early morning

The class photo
So here I am wanting to give you some reflection on the past week.  We were at the Muskoka Woods Leadership Centre – a wonderful setting and a building designed to support leadership development.  
As well this place, on Lake Rosseau, brought back many memories of my time spent at the Keswick Conference Centre when I worked on staff and of the days spent at the cottage which was only about 40 km north of where we were.  When we arrived the lake was entirely covered in ice and when we left it was melting fast with the ice shelf about 500 yards/meters off shore.  Ducks and geese were arriving every day as the weather warmed and the last visages of winter disappeared into the shadows of the trees.
It was as if the transformation of the land was reflected in the hearts of leaders as they experienced the transforming work of God.  Being part of the leadership partners for this week was a huge gift and privilege for me.  I have grown to love and respect deeply the others who form this team as we guide and prod the leaders who come to be stretched and grown.


What I’ve learned in the last year

So it’s been another year of change…

1. Change of appointment
2. Jason, Susan and Rachel moved in with us
3. Wendy’s Mom passed away
4. Philip and Amanda lost one baby but soon found they were expecting another
5. We decided to buy our van…thus parachuting out of the PHH lease system
6. We all had birthdays..yes I know we all do but it just adds to the changing seasons

And of course there are more subtle changes…our graying hair or the flow of our bank accounts or the friends who move away from us.  Many changes.

I’ve been thinking about what I’ve learned in the last year – in light of that and my articulated desire to be a life long learner.

I’ve learned:

1. Things need to be held lightly – people need to be held tightly
2. Change needs to be embraced
3. Expectation of change is always helpful
4. Treasure the best moments however fleeting and by that I mean pay attention – to all the details
5. Don’t be bothered by your inconsistencies – strive for consistency over the long haul so ask for forgiveness quickly for small slips but keep the account you have with God and your friends clean
6. Prepare for what you think are least likely things to happen – some day they will likely come
7. Seek out wise friends not just friendly friends
8. Pray more, worry less
9. Say what you think….like how much you appreciate others or what they do…put words to it
10. Be authentic to who you are…but be wise about it
11. Read – lots but include your Bible