A friend sent me the link to this TED talk yesterday. The main thesis is that good leaders make their people feel safe. They fight for their people and consequently their people fight for them. Frankly, I’m not surprised that this type of leadership is so powerful. To my thinking, it’s woven into the very fabric of the universe.

“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:28

8 tests a church needs to pass before we’ll call it home

Most people will move churches at least once in their life. Now before you freak out about transfer growth and rearranging deck chairs on the titanic, just think about it. How many churches have you attended?

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So it got me thinking. What goes on in the mind of your average “church shopper”? I know most of you will (rightfully) hate the term, but I use it for convenience. In the same way that most people shop for a house to live in, most Christians will eventually end up shopping for a church to call home.

6 things I’ve learned from MCing KYCK

Lots of teenagers, flashing lights and loud music in a tin shed is usually cause to run for the hills. Unless of course, you’re in Katoomba this April in which case you’re probably up at KYCK. For those who don’t know, KYCK is a Christian conference for thousands of teenagers that runs every year over three weekends.

KYCK

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This Friday will mark the third year in a row that I’ve had the incredible privilege of MCing the conference. Every year hundreds of kids become Christians and thousands have their lives radically changed. It really is an incredible ministry to be a part of.

My takeaways from the Pastors & Planters Conference

Last week Tim Keller from Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City spoke at several different conferences in Sydney. One of them was the Pastors and (church) Planters Conference. I know not everyone was able to make it, so I thought I’d summarise what I felt were some of the most helpful things I took away.

Keller

Before I do, it’s worth mentioning that Keller is an incredible man. He has a unique combination of intellect, winsomeness, and humility all in one. He also has an amazing ability to communicate with secular post moderns in an engaging way. Personally, I am thankful to God for his ministry.

In search of the Christian bachelor party

Few things are more awkward than a Christian bachelor party. Most of the time they look just like the Hangover movie but with slightly less alcohol and no strippers. It’s really quite sad. But what should they look like? This is a question I’ve wanted to ask for a long time and one I’ll attempt to answer in this post.

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Let me start by putting my cards on the table. This is going to be one of those “do as I say and not as I do” type of articles. I had my bachelor party five years ago. For the most part it was a fun weekend away with friends. But to my shame there was a brief moment of nudity (my own), cross-dressing (again… only my own) and a lot of embarrassment (I was given a boom-box with Kanye West playing and told to earn myself $5 by dancing on the street). 

5 things to consider when choosing a student ministry position

Student ministry is a strange beast. For the uninitiated, a student minister (once called a catechist) is someone who studies full time at Bible College and works 1-1.5 days a week at their church. All ordination candidates in the Sydney Anglican Diocese (those wanting to be ordained as Anglican ministers- like me) are required to do four years of student ministry while studying at Moore College.

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To make things slightly more complex, the powers-at-be encourage ordination candidates to move churches every two years. Why? Because before they ordain you they want you to have had experience in at least three churches. This usually involves your home church and then two different churches during your four years at Moore College. Don’t worry if you lost me, the point is that you need to do student ministry somewhere if you ever want to get ordained.