Want To Buy a Church?

Leaders define reality. So for those of us passionate about the church in Canada becoming as healthy and vibrant as possible, the article I’ve posted below from The Canadian Press makes for important reading. It describes the alarming rate at which Canada’s churches are declining and closing their doors. When I read the article I…

Why Leaders Focus on “Starting Points”

I’ll never forget the dazed and confused looks on the faces of the members of our team as we stood there looking at the mall map. We were in Toronto putting on a conference, and during an evening break several of us had piled into a van to dash over to a nearby shopping mall…

South Africa Journal 8: Remembering to Close the Loop

Think about the last time you led a ministry initiative in which you had to call in favours. Perhaps you’re a youth leader who needed to round up extra drivers for that youth ministry outing, and you phoned all those parents to bring their mini-vans to run these kids across town. Maybe you’re a senior…

Oh Canada, What a Responsibility

As I prepare for the last leg of my journey, which has seen me connecting with international church leaders in Frankfurt, Germany and here in Atlanta, GA, I make my way home with two powerful symbols dominating my thinking. The first, and by far most important, is the cross. At every turn I was confronted…

A Dream for Year-Round Leadership Development

I’ve just emerged from our annual Willow Creek Association International Council meetings in Frankfurt, Germany, where we poured enormous energy into looking at how to extend the impact of our annual leadership conference, The Leadership Summit. These three days have left me with an even greater sense of resolve as to my core beliefs about…