• Building Foundations for Lasting Leadership

      The journey of a leader is often a long one, filled with both many joys and also difficult challenges along the way. Pressure comes with the leadership territory and the greater the pressure, the more vital the leaders character becomes. In truth, it is character that paves the way for lasting leadership, or the failure of it. Sadly we hear stories all the time of leadership failure because the foundations of integrity, often dating back to unresolved issues early in their leadership journey. Not only does it severely affect their own influence and legacy, it can leave others devastated and disillusioned. I have recently been reflecting on Moses –…

  • Talk Less, Listen More

      A number of years ago I received a weird prophetic word. (Yes, there are other kinds; and, no, it wasn’t about who I would one day marry—saving an awkward discussion with my wife!) Frankly, I would have ignored it, except a dream, a Scripture, and three other people confirmed it in the space of a month. It went to the heart of who I’m created to be, and the style of leadership I was to exercise. Ready for it? God said, “David, you are a stirrup.” Yep, weird alright. Thus began my journey into discovering what a stirrup is, and how it relates to me. The first two meanings were strange…

  • Rhythms of God

      I have found that, over the years, one of the biggest challenges that I’ve faced as a leader is the constant need for me to be ‘on’. It’s hard to have a day off when you are leading, particularly in a Christian context. I always get the impression that people think, “Well, Jesus didn’t have a day off, so why are you complaining?” Which got me to thinking… I think that God is not calling us as leaders to be doormats. He didn’t create us in His image, and restore us for His purposes through Christ, so that we’d become an impersonal, broken and wasted shell of a person.…

  • Loving Delegation

      Putting these two words next to each other (loving and delegation), is something that I have been wrestling with recently. As with everything else, our leadership as Christians should be grounded in love. It is an unmistakable and distinctive quality of Christian leadership: Christian leaders genuinely love those whom they lead (which is sourced in the love first shown to them: 1 John 4:16-21). Jesus himself established this model in John 13, washing the feet of his followers. Loving leadership is servant leadership. But Christian leadership also inevitably involves delegation. A definition of delegation for our purposes, is the act of entrusting and empowering others to accomplish something. Asking…

  • Faithful stewardship

    Most young Christian leaders understand that God has great things in store for their lives. Many have been given dreams to impact their workplace for the sake of Jesus’ name. Others have been called into ministry and are eagerly pursuing His direction as they serve at their church. And some young leaders simply have this inner conviction that God is going to use them in the future, whether at home or abroad. No doubt many of these leaders have Jeremiah’s words of “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give a hope and a future” (Jer. 29:11) inked into their skin, or at least into the A4…

  • Jesus: The Leader

    When I think of who Jesus is, words like ‘messiah’, and ‘Christ’, come to mind. Maybe even ‘miracle-worker’ or ‘teacher’. After all, he was and is all those things, and when he walked the earth he was either called by those names, or referred to himself using them. If I’m honest though, I don’t know how often I’ve pondered about Jesus and thought: leader. Of course I know Jesus led his disciples, and I know he had lots of followers, but it’s just not the first title that comes to my mind. The reality is, often when we think about leaders or leadership, we picture someone extroverted, loud, the person…

  • Study

          Theological study is another great way to grow and get equipped in your leadership.   Malyon College offers a variety of study courses towards a diploma, bachelor or masters degree, that can be done full-time or part-time. Malyon also offers auditing units should you not wish to achieve a formal qualification, but would like to study further as personal or professional development. You can find out more information about Malyon College on their website: Malyon College   Auditing units available of study in Semester 2 | Commencing 17 July 2018 Chaplaincy Skills (2 day Intensive) Practical Ministry Field Education Pastoral Skills and Methods (available on campus and online) Introduction to Preaching…

  • Brisbane neoLeader Conference

      Riverlife Baptist Church | 22 September 2018 | $30   ANCHORED Developing deep character for lasting leadership Lasting leadership is anchored in integrity. It is character formed and forged through difficult times and through all the seasons. Our world needs leaders who are prepared to invest their lives in the quiet place and allow their character to be formed and shaped in the early years, so that they ultimately leave a lasting legacy. And we need these leaders to influence every area and sphere of life and culture. neoLeader Conference 2018 is all about developing leaders of deep character who will last the journey. We have an incredible line-up…

  • neoNights

      neoNights are a new initiative for neoLeader in 2018, with the aim to equip, empower and inspire current and future young leaders in their work, study or ministry leadership. neoNights will be hosted by churches in the North, South and West regions of Brisbane and in Toowoomba across May and June. These nights will run as workshops where you can listen, discuss and ask questions from experienced leaders. These nights are also a great opportunity to develop relationships with other young adults and churches in these regions.   “INFLUENCING CULTURE” Equipping young leaders to influence culture At each neoNight, the workshop will be looking at how we follow Christ in…

  • Podcasts

    neoLeader Podcasts Join Pastors Dan Sweetman (Senior Paster at Life Point Church Brisbane) and Jo Leutton (Spiritual Formation Pastor at Riverlife Baptist Church) on our neoLeader podcasts as they chat with local leaders about all things leadership, faith and life.   Episode 1 with Lincoln Hopper Lincoln Hopper is the CEO of MS Queensland. He joins our neoLeader podcast to talk about his leadership journey in the workplace, resilient leadership and leading people in all aspects of life. “We are all leaders in some respect. Everyone is leading somewhere, somehow.” Episode 2 with Nathan Harris Nathan Harris is the Senior Pastor of Bridgeman Baptist Church in Brisbane. He joins our…