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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“Bless-ed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.”

In February, the Hub Church from the UK blessed us with their presence, and left us with Cadburys Mini Eggs and Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes, a book, that as I read it, is shedding new light on the gospels historical and cultural setting, and as a result is peeling away some of my Western ways of interpreting Jesus. Bailey’s cultural insight on “the poor” (2008:68), will no doubt crop up in future updates, but for now I am just about getting my head around feeling ‘bless-ed’. In context,...
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