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Leadership vs Discipleship

The good news is…ouch. There is no question we need leaders in our lives and communities. Without them, we’d wander aimlessly and likely never get much of anything done. Great leaders are important because they help us focus on the things that are important, offer us perspective and vision, and inspire us to stretch beyond […]

Proclaiming our faith through interfaith dialogues

“Each person is a masterpiece. But an unfinished masterpiece. The good news is that authentic dialogue with “the other” enables us to go to finishing school. And this is how God completes the masterpiece.” Carole Hampton Interfaith dialogue provides the glue that nourishes and keeps our society together. As we navigate our diversity, we must learn […]

Gift of Diversity

“The future is looking more and more diverse. Let’s not miss what’s coming towards it. Let’s embrace it. Let us be on the front lines of change.” These last couple of months, I have been reflecting on my life journey. My entire life I have struggled with my identity. I am from Sawana, Vanuabalavu, Lau […]

Sharing faith as a family

As we explore this month what it means to share our faith, I have been reflecting on what does it look like if we are to do this as families? It was interesting as I explored this the amount of people who commented on how unique every family is and that each of us encounter […]

Too old to grow young? Never.

In recent weeks I have spoken to a number of ministers who are in ageing congregations, they lament that their communities are too old to grow young. I say never!! It might sound crazy but I am reminded of when Nicodemus visited Jesus – “Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having […]

More like Jesus

Sounds simples, doesn’t it? It can be easy to let our discipleship journey slide as things become more overwhelming or things get busier. Work is demanding. Study is also. There’s family commitments, and you haven’t seen those friends for months thanks to COVID. Also, that trip you planned overseas is now all but a distant […]

Mistakes to avoid in Youth Ministry

It’s not always easy navigating through youth ministry, helping to guide young people on their faith journey and to learn more about God. Ministry to Youth has made a list of 8 common mistakes to avoid in youth ministry, based on feedback from youth leaders around the world. Mistake #1: Emphasising friendship over leadership It […]

The Church vs Culture War (or: why we should stop blaming everything else and start looking at ourselves)

I’m privileged to speak with a lot of youth leaders and ministers who work with young people, and with a whole lot more who are concerned about the lack of young people in their congregation. They all agree that young people seem to be harder and harder to engage with “church”. Well, whaddya know. This […]

Prioritising Children’s Ministry after COVID-19

‘You make a difference one little life at a time’ Psalm 129:8 After months of closed schools and stay-at-home orders, today’s kids feel unprecedented mental and spiritual suffocation. They feel isolated, abandoned, and hopeless. They desperately need the hope and love that is found in Jesus and his people. Children’s ministry is more important now […]

Talking Taboos – Sex

There are a couple of things that as a Church we don’t like to talk to our kids about and sex is often one of them. We know that recently in the news, there needs to be more discussion around issues like consent and expectations around sex. The best way we can support our kids […]