Wednesday, December 12, 2007

last flight out

I spent the day in Auckland at the request of the New Zealand Baptist family of churches, with a group of about 10 others, talking about leadership. It ended up being a frank and free-ranging discussion about what it would mean to take leadership development much more seriously in our Baptist context. We roamed all over the place: seminaries, training churches, internship schemes.

I talked a bit about my missional church leadership coaching courses, the Allelon Mission in Western Culture Project and the Opawa new forms of leadership scholarship (applications still open for 2008) and what that might mean.

Best of all, it was my last flight for the year. Yeah. A day closer to summer holidays. Yeah and yeah.

Posted by steve at 07:11 PM


  1. Two serious questions Steve. How do you do manage such a hectic schedule (i.e. family, church, teaching, own time etc)? Secondly, Why do you do it?

    Comment by mark — December 12, 2007 @ 8:53 pm

  2. When God gives us a calling I feel He gives us the strength to fulfill those needs. But we do need a “day of rest” and then the rest is up to us.

    To paraphrase Tolkien in one of his famed books the first in the trilogy, “Lord of the Rings,” with some of the greatest words ever written in a book that still apply in the world today is, “all we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us.” So I say live life fully and breath deeply and let God teach us which steps to take.

    He has in mine. Oh, I’ve run off the road driving down the highway of life a few times, but He’s usually managed to get the car back on the road again for me. For that I’m grateful and wish Steve success in everything he does.

    So I say to each his own and keep on trucking!


    Comment by Kim — December 15, 2007 @ 11:37 pm

  3. Mark, since you asked it seriously, i have sought to offer a serious reply as a separate blog post. of course, the irony is that i doubt you and i would have met if i didn’t travel – which for me anyhow is one answer to your question of why i do it … cos i get to have coffee with you and, i hope, you got some value out of the day we spent together in adelaide,

    peace, steve

    Comment by steve — December 16, 2007 @ 9:11 pm

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