New Free Ebook On Leadership

Posted by: on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
There’s a new free ebook on Kindle that may be of interest. "Leaders Who Make A Difference" by Paul Chappell. You can get it by clicking this link.

Leaders Who Make a Difference: Leadership Lessons from Three Great Bible Leaders

This encouraging book for spiritual leaders explores the lives of three great Bible leaders and how they made an eternal difference. Your heart will be challenged by the vision of Joshua, the passion of Nehemiah, and the faith of Joseph.

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Free EBook: UNconditional

Posted by: on Monday, March 28th, 2011

A new eBook is available free of charge for the Kindle (and the Kindle app on the IPad) through and the Sony Ereader through the ReaderStore. The links are below.

The book is “UNconditional?: The Call Of Jesus To Radical Forgiveness” – a challenge to Christians to make the call of Jesus for forgiveness central to their faith.

I just downloaded the book but haven’t had a chance to read it as of yet.

You can download it from Amazon here

Download it for the Sony from this link.

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Hello world!

Posted by: on Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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Catalyst Leadership Digital Magazine

Posted by: on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

I’ve been reading the latest edition of Catalyst Leadership Digital Magazine from

Two articles in particular are thought provoking – "The Dangerous Pursuit Of Cool" and "Pastoral Narcissism"
Here’s the link…rship/current/

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Bible Reading Program

Posted by: on Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

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Again this year we are promoting a program to read the Bible through in a year. While we  are using the B.R.E.A.D. (Bible Reading Enriches Any Day) charts published by the Pentecostal Publishing House we are using the theme “Face In The Book” with a logo modified from facebook. The challenge……to make this a year when we truly get our “face in the book”.

An online copy of the Bible reading chart is available here complete with links to read the Bible online.

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Can you Fire a Church Attender?

Posted by: on Thursday, December 9th, 2010

This post is by Dan Reiland at

The original post can be found here

Maybe “fire” isn’t the right word. But can you say no to someone in a way that suggests your church might not be the right church for them?  How do you balance loving and caring for a person and not allowing him or her to leverage their personal wants and maybe even their own agenda?

I’ve been reading a great book titled The Orange Code – How ING Direct Succeeded by Being a Rebel with a Cause, by Arkadi Kuhlmann & Bruce Philp. (John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 2009)  I’ve been reading it slowly, and thinking my way through it for a long time now. The chapter on staffing (“the Dirty Dozen” – We could be Heroes) is worth the book. There is another great chapter titled: “You Say You Want a Revolution?” that speaks to the topic of this article.

Arkadi was working in the bank’s call center, as he regularly did, helping existing customers with routine transactions, helping new ones get signed up, and listening to the voices of real people. A woman from Florida with a sizeable bank account was on the line demanding that a printed statement of her account be mailed to her. Apparently the fact that she was wealthy gave her the idea that she was entitled and deserved special treatment. The book goes on to say that Arkadi politely explained that ING Direct did not offer this service, one of the ways it keeps costs down. The woman pushed the issue and got crankier by the minute. She said – A printed statement is the law. Arkadi, now beginning to lose his patience, corrected her. I love this line so I will give you a literal quote. He said: “The law says you have the right to own a gun,” “It does not say you have the right to a printed bank statement every month.”  By this time she was fit to be tied and said something to the effect of-  “Has no one ever taught you that the customer is always right?

This customer didn’t know she was talking to the ING’s founding CEO or how deeply committed he was to the business model. Finally, when Arkadi had had enough, he said: “That’s it. You’re not ready for this way of banking,” and closed her account.  Basically, he fired her!

The church is not a business, and the part of church operations that is business-like is certainly not like the banking industry. But ING makes a stirring point.  At 12Stone® I often say, “We’re not a Christian cruise ship.”  We’re not here to bring you all the great programming you can think of. If we did everything we were asked to do we’d have dozens of programs from baseball leagues to classes in CPR.  It’s all good and worthy stuff, but the church not only shouldn’t do all of it, it can’t. All these things and more exist in the surrounding communities. Encourage your people to go out and join in. Cast vision for your people to make a positive contribution in the community and take Jesus with them.

I can’t remember the last time I actually said “no” to an idea, just no to 12Stone owning the idea. If the person is truly fired-up about it, they can go out and make it happen.

For most of these discussions the person I’m talking to gets it, and we have a great conversation. I always try to offer ideas and potential resources if I know of something or someone related to what they want to do in the community. But on occasion, we get a “customer” like ING Direct did and the person simply demands that we do what they want. (Really). At that point we have a choice, we can bend the church’s vision, energy and resources to the individuals agenda or kindly let the person know that perhaps 12Stone is not for them. I never like to see anyone leave, and certainly not upset, but there are times that we have to let them go.

There is tension in this — trust me, I know. I’m a pastor and my instinct is to shepherd the sheep not tell them to find another flock!!  Again, I would never tell someone to leave and find another church, but that’s what they feel has been said when they don’t get what they want.

Let me offer some principles within those tensions for you to think about.

Jesus served everyone the Father directed Him to serve. We are to do no less. But Jesus never let anyone derail Him from his purpose. One of many stories that illustrate this is in John chapter 11. Mary and Martha’s brother, Lazarus was sick and dying. They pleaded with Jesus to come and heal him, but Jesus stayed where He was for two more days. I’m certain they didn’t understand in the moment. They were likely upset. Jesus loved Lazarus, Mary and Martha, but He remained on purpose.

The tension is found in the fact that people are the purpose of the church, but Jesus never said His ultimate Kingdom purposes for the local were to be surrendered to any single individual. Keep the larger mission in mind!

You can’t do everything, so do what you do well. Keep your list of ministries lean, very lean.  Stick to the main thing. It is easily true that within the top five issues church leaders face is too little time and too much to do. And as a result, much of what is done is not done well.

Be strategic. Use resources wisely. Listen carefully to the prompts of the Holy Spirit. I’m convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that God won’t give you more to do than you have time to do it in. So, if you have too much to do, maybe you are doing something God doesn’t need you to do.

There are times for all of us that we press the pedal to the metal. But in this context, I’m talking about week after week and month after month – your long-term ministry lifestyle. So when you need to say no, don’t apologize. Let people know you (and the team) are on purpose, God is directing and there is no need to add more “stuff” right now, no matter how worthy it may be. And remember, the person(s) can always go do their great idea on their own. You don’t have to own everyone’s ideas

The message of Jesus Christ is for everyone, but your church is not, and that’s OK. It’s natural to be disappointed if someone who has been with you for a long time leaves your church. If someone visits your church for a while and doesn’t make it their church home that’s just part of the process. Don’t take it personally. In the same way that you on occasion must say no to people, they can say no to you too.

If you try to make your church fit everyone you’ll end up with a much smaller congregation than you will if you know who you are, what you do, and you are good with that. You can love and serve everyone, but you can’t please everyone. If a family leaves, love them well on the way out and let them know they are always welcome to return as Jesus prompts them.

People love confident leadership and a church that knows where it’s headed. Even if they don’t fully agree with you, your confidence and zeal is attractive. I hope you don’t have to “fire” many people from your church, but you will need to say no, and possibly more often that you like within your comfort level. Remember that the Kingdom is large and one day we’ll all be together . . . and then, of course, it will no longer matter!

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The Retreat from Marriage — A Recipe for Disaster

Posted by: on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010


For reasons that include all that we can learn from this report, and for many more that we know from the Scriptures and Christian wisdom, Christians know that the marginalization of marriage can only lead to unhappiness, unhealthiness, and the unraveling of human relationships.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

If you were determined to consign a population to poverty and any number of social pathologies, how might you do it? If your design is to extend the effects of these pathologies and pains to successive generations, what might be your plan? The answer to both of these questions is clear. Just marginalize marriage.

Economists report that the wealth deficit of the unmarried as compared to the consistently married is as much as 75 percent. The unmarried are less healthy, less wealthy, and less stable in relationships as compared to married couples. And, to no one’s surprise, the ill effects of this condition are extended immediately to the children of unmarried unions and to generations to come….

Read the rest of this great article by Albert Mohler here

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Guy Kawasaki – Free EBook

Posted by: on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

If you want a copy of Guy Kawasaki’s first book “The Macintosh Way” you can get it by clicking here and then “liking” the page for his new book “Enchantment”.

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30th Anniversary at West Island UPC

Posted by: on Tuesday, November 9th, 2010


This is a presentation made in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of West Island United Pentecostal Church where I am the pastor.


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Visit To NCC & PowerPoint

Posted by: on Monday, October 18th, 2010

I recently had the privilege to be at Northeast Christian College in Fredericton, NB as part of a Quebec District initiative to raise awareness of the need for trained workers in our province.

I taught the senior class a lesson entitled “Public Relations And The Church” covering some aspects of Church Public Relations. The attached file is the PowerPoint and notes relating to that presentation.

You can download it from this link: [Download not found]