A Prevailing Voice Emerges for Canada’s Prevailing Churches

Bill Hybels has noted that God is always in the business of building, and re-building teams. This perspective is helpful when it comes to a staff person who leaves the employment of a local church to take up a position at another church. But every now and then the powerful reality that God sometimes orchestrates…

Random Thoughts from a Week in Atlantic Canada

Wrapping up a week connecting with church leaders, I’ve jotted down a few reflections… Looking for a sterling example of a leadership transition? Check out the baton pass from Ted Yuke to Russ Conway at Rock Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia. When you think of innovative churches, you might not think of one that looks…

Preparing to Pass the Leadership Baton

Last week I was privileged to take part on a panel of ministry leaders organized by Alpha Canada. The event took place just outside Vancouver, and was simply entitled “Join the Conversation.” Six of us “older leaders” (ouch!) were invited to engage in leadership discussions with about 25 leaders under the age of 35; and…

Canada’s Secret Olympic Formula

Like almost every other Canadian, I find myself scrambling to share my post-Olympic reflections. Everyone, it seems, resonated with a different element of the Canadian Olympic experience, whether it be the exuberance of the downtown crowds, the compelling stories of perseverance or the new-found confidence Canadians seemed to develop in themselves through this experience. But…

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…