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Leadership? What Leadership?

At Swinburne University in Melbourne, the School of Business is teaching servant leadership because evidence for the effectiveness of Jesus’ teaching on leadership has been building for decades. Harvard Business Review famously called it ‘Level five leadership’—a humble, eclectic, teachable and even wise form of leading that puts the goals of the corporation above the personality of the leader. There is nothing sentimental or ideologically skewed towards championing introversion here. This is business: this  form of leadership is justified by the superior results it achieves. Leadership is complex for us in Melbourne. Our city is obsessed with critiquing leaders; with...

Training Preachers in the Local Church

In this introduction to A Local Church Training Program for Potential Preachers (more of this to follow), Peter Adam explains what preaching is; why churches should be more intentional about training the next generation of preachers, and sets out some suggestions for a first training program.  What is Preaching? ‘The ministry of the word to the gathered congregation in expository biblical preaching that is passionate and applied.’ It is a ministry which aims to convert unbelievers, to mature believers, to mature the church, and to train the congregation in godliness and good ministry. Its focus is God and Jesus Christ,...

Dear Pastor, Struggling To Grow Your Church? This May Help.

Dear fellow pastor, Like you, I have the privilege and responsibility of pastoring a local church. My church is in Dubbo (Dubbo Presbyterian), and I’m one of 3 full time pastors. I know the joys of seeing people come to Christ. And I know the frustration of not seeing this happen. Like you, I know the joys of seeing people come to Christ. And I know the frustration of not seeing this happen.  You see, like any biblically faithful church, we want to reach as many of the lost as possible. And over time, by the grace of God, we...

Who’s Afraid of the Bible?

Answer: Christians. Somewhere along the line I had absorbed the assumption that unchurched people would find the Bible boring One of the many surprises of my life was the discovery that I didn’t need to protect unchurched high school students from the Bible. Somewhere along the line I had absorbed the assumption that unchurched people would find the Bible boring, and impenetrably hard to understand. Upon reflection, that may have been a reaction to a nominal Christian culture that had developed an immunity to the gospel in my generation. The Immunised Generation I am a Baby Boomer—a member of a...

Two Kinds of Anxiety

Recently, a young Christian leader sat in my study expressing his anxiety about the work he leads. He wondered if that anxiety came from his perfectionism and the expectation it brought with it. As he talked it seemed to me that he was expressing a godly anxiety not a psychological flaw. I shared with him that I see two kinds of anxiety in Scripture: one blameworthy and one not. I see two kinds of anxiety in Scripture: one blameworthy and one not. The first anxiety, Jesus criticised in his celebrated Sermon on the Mount. It was anxiety over food, drink...

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