Leadership of the unlearned.

March 22, 2015

What if you don’t see changed lives?

Church leaders, I know you’ll be able to relate with me: other than our love for God, one thing that fuels us is seeing CHANGED LIVES. For others who are bi-vocationals, we’re not even being paid for our service — just pure love of God and love of people.

However, if you don’t see changed lives in other people, don’t take it as your failure. Because it is not, and here’s why:

1. GRACE by definition is God’s gift given to underserving people. Others will treat grace as something they deserve. That approach will never lead to #2.

2. REPENTANCE is a necessary ingredient to changed lives. Acknowledging that you are wrong and broke the heart of God is the first step to a changed life. Church is not a social club or a therapy clinic. Yes, we listen to people’s problems, but we don’t stop there. We need #3.

tolerate3. CORRECTION is what separates us from a therapy clinic or a social club. That’s true discipleship. That’s true mentorship. If, even with you constantly reaching out and showing love, people do not respond to correction, instead pride and entitlement manifest, you cannot expect a changed life.

4. Ultimately, JESUS causes changed lives, not you.

Those who accept God’s grace as a gift they don’t deserve, repents of their wrongdoings and accepts correction will experience changed life. I’ve seen a lot of these stories during my short time in ministry. But I’ve also seen the opposite. And if you do see the opposite, don’t falter. Continue to love with the love of God, reach out, but don’t be derailed. Pursue God’s vision. Enact God’s mission.

December 31, 2014

The most important word

In many cases, the word “no” is more important than the word “yes.”

To say “yes” to the best things, you’ll have to learn to say “no” to the good things.

In ministry, you will be overwhelmed with many good opportunities. But if you say “yes” to all of them, one day you won’t be able to say “yes” to the most important things.

If you say “yes” to every invitation to dinner or every chance to host a workshop, you may be too emotionally and physically exhausted to say “yes” to the speaking engagement of your dreams.

Just because you could do something, doesn’t mean you should do it.

-Craig Groeschel, as written on Open Ideas.

December 18, 2014

Can church take a break?

Church doesn’t take a break. We are the church and the church goes where you go. But if we’re talking about a church “service”, well, why not?

On the last Sunday of 2014, on December 28, after a tiring but enjoyable and fulfilling year, we’re honoring our volunteers who work really hard in serving people for Jesus. We’re giving them a weekend break to recharge and prepare for another exciting year ahead.

Here’s our holiday schedules, Lifers:


December 17, 2014

Learn it, Live it, Loan it!

December 2014 marks the launch of a series and will be an on-going training for our leaders and potential leaders in our leadership pool. We’re going to invest in their growth as leaders, not just at church but also in their families, work places and community as a whole.

A few thoughts that summarises the learnings we had for the past 3 weeks:

Being Before Doing
– Leadership is as simple as “Learn it, Live it, Loan it”
– Learn it: grow, learn, receive feeding from other leaders and feed yourself
– Live it: best way to exercise leadership is to become a living example. Live out what you’re learning.
– Loan it: You just need to be a step ahead to teach someone about leadership

To apply these:
– We’ll study and grow together by undergoing BibleX.
– Everyone should have a mentor and everyone should be mentoring someone.

Vision is a Team Sport
– all vision casters are vision carriers
– all vision carriers are vision casters
– for us to grow, we should all embrace the vision and be vision casters
– ask yourself, “what did I do today to cast the vision of our church (or organization)”
– every little thing you do or communicate matters and contribute to the pursuit of the vision
– stories are one of the best ways to cast vision. gather stories of the “wins”

Dream Big
– Death of a big dream is like idolatry. We change focus from the God that can accomplish our big dreams to our own selves that can accomplish small dreams.
– Big dreams honor God and builds our faith.
– God loves it when we dream big. He gets the glory, we receive the benefits.
– 120 in 2015!

Team learns.

December 10, 2014

If You Can Tame the Tongue, You Can Tame Anything

What power our words contain! James focuses on the little muscle inside our mouths, called the tongue, a little thing that dispenses both blessing and cursing. Leaders must pay close attention, for they communicate often and carry great influence when they speak. James lists four functions of the tongue:

Function One: to gauge (vv. 1, 2). The tongue is a spiritual meter. If we can bridle it, we can bridle the whole body. It becomes the gauge for our maturity. Our faith will never register higher than our words.

Function Two: to guide (vv. 3–5). The tongue is like a horse’s bit, a ship’s rudder, or kindling wood. It starts things in motion. If we can control it, we can guide our lives, just as a bit directs a horse or a rudder steers a ship.

Function Three: to gird (vv. 6–8). The tongue is powerful. Like a huge fire, it can ruin or bless our entire lives. This power was meant to send us down the right path, not to kill us.

Function Four: to guard (vv. 9–18). The tongue can reveal what sort of wisdom we harbor inside. A good tongue protects our integrity. James asks: Is yours a good guard or a bad one? Does it create peace or reveal hypocrisy?

(John Maxwell)

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. 3When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.

4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

James 3

October 20, 2014

The Good News

I like it to be simple and focus on the main thing. And for me, the gospel is the main thing. Even how common we hear about the gospel, we often miss it out by cluttering it with the trivial things and religion itself.

So, here’s what I believe is the pure gospel. Everything that I do, everything that I believe in, everything that I dream of doing in the future — it all revolves around and decided within the framework of this simple truth about the gospel.

September 1, 2014


Are you burdened with problems right now? Instead of praying for solutions to your problems, why not try praying for clarity instead?

I believe that God can help us solve our problems, why not! But when we pray for clarity, we assume the posture of submission to His will instead of ours. Our solution might not be his. So, ask him to give you a clear vision, an open mind and a submissive heart. The solution is already there. It might just not be the one we’re hoping for.

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