• Because you are young

      My first ‘real’ (read: paid) church ministry role was as a children and families pastor when I was around 22, newly married, and yet to have children. I had worked in childcare previously, I had childcare qualifications, and was fairly confident in my position. Yet even still, every now and then I would get that little niggling feeling that maybe I was too young to have this role, maybe I wasn’t experienced enough…after all, who was I to counsel on parenting, when I wasn’t even a parent? Who was I, to think I could spiritually disciple these kids, when I had no kids of my own? Who was I,…

  • Working with Jesus: Mundane Monday Leadership

      If you were the Son of God—with thirty-three years to save the world—how would you invest your time? What would you prioritise, as a neoLeader? If it were me, I’d kick off with some spectacular show to draw attention, and then stick it to the guys in power to reclaim my kingdom. No dilly dallying, right? Out with the mundane, and in with the miraculous. Or maybe this: find the biggest church gathering, preach to the choir, and build a movement of loyal supporters to beat the same drum. Strategy 101, right? If the ‘good news’ is simply that the Saviour paid for our sins on the cross, then…

  • Prophetic Leadership

      There’s always a moment in our leadership journey where we come across that one person. You know the one. The one that has all the answers. Or never shows up on time. Or that one who always commits straight away and bails at the last minute. Or just keeps making the same mistake, repeatedly. Maybe just try to keep the list to one person! What do we do when we are faced with these people? It’s a challenge to us, not only in how we best lead them, but how we let God grow us as disciples and leaders in the moment, and in our ongoing journey into Christlikeness.…

  • Anchored

      The neoLeader conference for 2018 is focusing on developing deep character for lasting leadership as we anchor ourselves to Christ. Deep character for lasting leadership. I cannot think of a more counter cultural tagline for a young adult’s conference in 2018. Just think of the environment that you are living in now. The winds of change are all around, waves of uncertainty rise while splashes of sin spill into your boat as you try to keep your boat afloat and your life together. It’s a tough gig to be a young adult in this post-modern world! It’s no wonder that over 50,000 youth and young adults leave the church each…

  • Leading Without A Title

      As I sit down to write this blog post, I’m aware that I am the only writer for this blog, and the only member of the neoLeader board, who is technically not a leader. That’s right, I don’t hold an official position of leadership in my church, and as a stay at home mum, I’m certainly not a leader in the work force either. I have all the typical hallmarks of a leader: I’m quite loud, I’m happy to speak from the front, I have no problem giving directions, and I’d like to think I’m fairly motivational. However, as I shared in my last blog post, I don’t actually…

  • 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…