Deeper Connections

It is 2 years since we decided to intentionally gather leaders one month, and meet them one on one the next. As a staff team, it has been a privilege to see new depths of intimacy and change emerge, especially via one on one’s. Our next task, we feel, is to find ways to facilitate deeper relationships between leaders themselves. We made a start at our most recent gathering, by exploring three aspects of the Trinity as a potential model for relationships. A Trinitarian relationship = Godly DIR...
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Leading and Listening

Throughout May we facilitated our usual round of one on ones with 40 leaders, typically for an hour, compared to the three hours we allow for gatherings. I (Phil) also had the opportunity to read Leverage Leadership, after Rach, and was surprised by just how much resonated with my existing work with leaders.  Bambrick-Santoyo (p.22) begins by describing how much regular half hour meetings between teachers improve students’ performance. He estimates that, over the year, such meetings help ...
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Soaking in Prayer

My in-laws have a list blu-tacked to the tap end of their bath, a prayer list, which I admit I’ve read every time I’ve stayed and bathed in the last 25 years. In that time, I’ve prayed for family, their friends, ministers, people I don’t know, and – after our first visit to Durban 11 years ago – the Indlela Children’s Village. Our family first met Joan and Tich Smith – founders of what would be Lungisisa Indlela Village (LIV) – on a two week mission trip in 2006.  There was no village back th...
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Protests, Prayer and Progress

It feels like April has been marked by plenty of protest marches and unprecedented prayer gatherings in South Africa. On 12th April a national strike saw thousands march across the country calling for President Zuma to step down. Ten days later, a million Christians gathered just outside our judicial capital to, “…call upon The Lord to bring justice‚ peace & hope to our beloved South Africa” Angus Buchan (principal organiser). “We need a Christian government!” (Angus Buchan 2017). Channel...
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