This afternoon I read the small book True Leadership by Colin Urquhart.  Over the 63 page book he outlines key biblical principles for leadership.  He starts from the perspective that true leadership has to be based on a relationship with God that focuses on the word and Spirit and is prophetic.  He then goes on to look at qualities of a true leader:

  • prayer
  • vision
  • action
  • obedient to the Holy Spirit
  • dwells on the Word
  • teach the Word
  • a good example

The starting paragraph of chapter 7 sums up the whole book:

The best spiritual leaders, at whatever level, are men and women of the Spirit rather than those who depend on their natural giftings and abilities.

The book is a nice theological introduction to leadership.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

0 thoughts on “Children’s Talks – What We’re Aiming At”

  1. Hi Chris

    I’ve got one thought and one question.

    The thought or comment was that the children’s talk should not be seen in isolation from the rest of the service. Whether that means that it should relate to what the adults will be doing later on in the service, or be an introduction to what the children will be doing later on, is a question that’s up for discussion – but I like the idea of a children’s talk which somehow fits in with something else, rather than another random element in the service.

    The question relates to the age at which we pitch what we say – the youngest child, or at some midpoint in the age of the children and young people?

  2. Hi Big D

    I agree with your thought, I think it is really important that it is another piece in the jigsaw that is the service. Personally I think it is more helpful for it to link with what the young people will be doing, so that it can give a starting point for conversations over the lunch table for families.

    With regards to age I think that you need to bear in mind the lowest denominator (be that age and/or level of knowledge and faith) but it also has to bear in mind the context. At the moment for our Sunday services we are mainly thinking about a bunch of 12-13 year olds who are mainly from a non-Church background and prioritising them over our smaller group of 6-9 year olds.

    Hope those thoughts help,


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