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Ask Them – Suzy Williamson

Every once in a while something grabs my attention in such a way that no matter how hard I try to shake it, it stays. It comes back again and again and again. It changes me in the best possible way. It is not always an instant life altering change, although sometimes it is. But […]

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GLS Café on Crucial Conversations – May 2015

  OVERVIEW ‘The Health of a relationship, team or organisation is a function of the average time lag between identifying and discussing problems. The health of our ministry, the impact of your team’s focus, the transformation in your community; depends upon how quickly and effectively a leader responds to problems, breakdowns and division.’ Joseph Grenny, GLS 2014 Main Session, ‘Crucial […]

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Challenges and Solutions to Make Your Church More Effective Today – Part 5

Challenge five – Good leaders and followers It seems that you can’t pick up a book on organisations and their transformation today without being led to the conclusion that leadership is the all-important factor. It is often portrayed as the ‘silver bullet’ from which all success and failure flows. There is some truth in this […]

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Challenges and Solutions to Make Your Church More Effective Today – Part 4

Challenge four – Distrusting professionalism, and professional tools Quite rational and level headed people in the Christian world can have a high degree of distrust of professionalism and the use of professional techniques. They feel that this kind of practice ‘is not wanted here’ as it’s seen as too slick and too commercial. More fundamentally, […]

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Challenges and Solutions to Make Your Church More Effective Today – Part 3

Challenge three – Grown-up volunteering Working with volunteers is very different from working with paid staff. Someone once said it was like the difference between a South American bolas and a set of planets around a sun. A bolas is a series of balls attached to a central point by rope, whereas planets only circle […]

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Challenges and Solutions to Make Your Church More Effective Today – Part 2

Challenge two – Relationships and accountability It is not uncommon in churches for relationships to have great centrality. As Christians we value fellowship, we want to build community and we believe in the importance of trying to act as a family. This can give real strength to our communities, but it can also mean that […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Managing Staff – Part 5: The Review – John Truscott

“Ah,” you say, “the dreaded annual appraisal”. To confirm your feelings, watch this clip (ignore the non-appraisal bit!): And that’s what appraisal is all about for many line managers, with Christians being little different. Sad. So let’s start again. I’ll avoid the A word and use the broader R one, Review. Here are four key […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Managing Staff – Part 4: The Plan – John Truscott

This time I build on the three foundations of job description, person profile and employment terms to create a plan for the worker that will give them a right balance of challenge and support. Getting that balance just right is your responsibility. It will be different for each person you manage. No, not easy! Personal […]