Category: General Secretary

The risky business of carrying on

What do we actually need to respond to the challenges of this world?

Goodbye, farewell and Amen

“Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” was the title of the final episode of MASH – the TV show about the Korean War which ran longer than the war itself! And so I come...

How do we take risky steps?

I have a very aged, possibly demented cat. During her whole life, she has taken a cautious approach to thresholds. It’s got worse as she’s aged and now it can take...

Leadership must be lead by change

Synod has come and gone for another 18 months. For some time yet we will be processing decisions and ideas that emerged but, at this stage, the feedback has been...

Paying homage to our ministers

One of the highlights of Synod for me is the ministry recognition service. This year marks 40 years since I candidated for ministry, so perhaps the event will hold even...

Leading with a common purpose

I recently spoke at a men’s fellowship meeting where my topic was ‘Is there a future for the Uniting Church?’ Much conventional wisdom about leadership has assumed...

Proclaiming Jesus in words AND actions

I recently had to organise a small conference for the World Council of Churches on the issue of ‘Evangelism in the City’. I am also teaching Mission, Evangelism and...

I’ll just Google that…

I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt. You know, the one that says ‘I don’t need Google, my wife knows everything!’ Seriously, how did we survive before...

Your community is your Congregation

One of the greatest challenges for the church in the 21st Century is its lack of connection to its community. Far too many churches today have become drive-in, spiritual...

It’s time to start telling a new story

In my November column I spoke about beginning to “change the narrative” of how we talk about the state of the Church – to move from negative to positive. I have...