Category Archives: Reflection

Self evaluation

I loved Andy Blanks’ article on Evaluating Yourself Before The New Youth Ministry Year Begins.  The summer and early autumn is a time where many youth workers evaluate and shape the programmes and activities they run, but too often we forget to shine a light on ourselves.   How is your personal life going? How are […]

If …

Lots of questions whizzing around my head at the moment make this poem very appropriate: If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be […]

What can you expect God to do in your life in 2016?

Stephen Altrogge wrote a great blog post on what can you expect God to do in your life back in 2013.  It’s well worth checking out, here’s a snippet: God’s mercies to follow you, and pursue you, every every minute of every hour of every day. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I […]

What’s one rule you will try to live by in the year ahead?

What’s one rule you will try to live by in the year ahead? Via: ThoughtQuestions.com

My struggle – leaders fail

One of my biggest lessons in leadership is that leaders fail, and that it is necessary and good to fail. The more I read of leaders the more I realise that those we often hold up as fantastic leaders in their own fields struggled time and time again with failure.  Their success is built upon […]

The Never-Ending Pursuit of Happiness

I thoroughly enjoyed Mark Sampson’s article in the LICC Newsletter: The overarching goal in contemporary western society, at an individual and national level, is happiness. To exchange the word ‘happiness’ for the phrase ‘well-being’ is to uncover the underlying purpose behind most current conversations in public policy, the third sector, and even the business community. […]

Renew within me a Spirit of Holiness

Lord Jesus, My soul and body are defiled by so many sinful deeds. My tongue and my heart have run wild without restraint, causing misery to others and shame to myself. My soul bleeds with the wounds of wrongdoing, and my body is a playground of selfish indulgence. If I was to come before you as […]

Living as Easter People

In Jerusalem, Westerners ask where the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is, but Eastern Christians know it as the Church of the Resurrection.  Some Christians stop at the cross, at Jesus bearing the sins of the whole world.  Others go through the cross, the empty tomb and emerge surprised, seeing the old world lived in […]

What do you enjoy daydreaming about?

I’ve been doing a lot of big picture thinking recently, and so it got me thinking, what do you enjoy daydreaming about?  

What do you enjoy daydreaming about?

I’ve been doing a lot of big picture thinking recently, and so it got me thinking, what do you enjoy daydreaming about?  

A covenant with God

Tonight in our service at the start of 2013 we used the traditional Methodist covenant prayer: ‘I am no longer my own but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you, exalted […]