Paul Reid is back for another episode of the podcast. Among the things we discuss are various styles of leadership and the importance of leaders (and others) figuring out who they are. We also discuss leaders’ insecurity and Paul touches on another of the paradigm shifts in his ministry: the question of women in leadership. He also talks about retirement, and the importance of leaders having a plan in place as they approach retirement.
And he shares some of the lessons he has learned along the way, including:
the need to embrace weakness
the importance of keeping a united team
the value of having people around to care during times of challenge
the issue of ‘disintegrated anticipation’ (you will have to listen to the podcast to understand what this is, but it has to do with fads!).
This week Paul Reid is back on the podcast. If you missed the first part of his story, you can catch up with it here. This week’s episode picks up Paul’s story from his appointment as pastor of CFC in Belfast.
Among the things Paul discusses during the podcast are issues of church autonomy and his approach to remaining open to outside voices; the influence of John Wimber and his own emphasis on a message of grace; his – and CFC’s experience of the Toronto Blessing; and how he has sought to maintain a balance of Word and Spirit in his ministry.
As you listen to the podcast, here are some things to think about:
If you are a church leader – especially if you are in an autonomous church set-up, how do you and your church keep your leadership open and accountable to others?
Have you thought through a theology of prayer and healing?
‘There is no small print in the message of God’s love and grace’: how do you respond to what Paul says about grace?
If you are a church leader, how have you gone about ensuring that your ministry is about both Word and Spirit?
In next week’s podcast, Paul will be reflecting on some of what he has learned through the course of his leadership journey.
This week’s guest on the podcast is Paul Reid who, along with his wife Priscilla, led Christian Fellowship Church in Belfast for over twenty years.
Paul talks about coming to faith in his teens and his early upbringing in a Brethren Assembly. He and Priscilla left this to start a house fellowship and their group eventually became CFC in East Belfast.
He talks about the influence of Spring Harvest – both in his sense of call to leadership and in his experience of the Holy Spirit, and of several notable Christian leaders, including Terry Virgo and Roger Forster.
He also discusses the controversial ‘shepherding’ movement and the reason why he and his fellow leaders felt they needed to resign from their leadership roles.
Some questions as you listen:
Paul talks about some key turning points in the early years of his life and ministry: what events and seasons do you look back on as being formative in your own journey?
What do you think about the idea of leaders admitting to their followers that they have got something wrong? Is this a sign of strength? How can leaders distinguish between a conviction that they need to persevere in a course of action and a sense that they need to retrace their steps?
Part 2 of Paul’s interview will available after Easter – this will include discussion of several other controversial issues that Paul’s journey has seen him tackle; and there will be a 3rd part, in which Paul will talk about some of what he has learned about leadership and what advice he would give young leaders.
This week’s podcast takes a look at the Old Testament story of Nehemiah. While we must always be careful not to reduce the Bible, or any of its stories, to the point where we miss the main point, there are some interesting leadership lessons to be gleaned in observing some of the leaders whose stories are told.
Nehemiah’s story takes us back to the post-exilic world towards the end of the Old Testament timeline: he is in Persia while many of his compatriots are struggling against the backdrop of a ruined city of Jerusalem. From Nehemiah’s deep brokenness emerges a vision of a renewed city and becomes the leader of a great movement for rebuilding and renewal.
As you listen to the podcast, there are three main leadership questions for you to reflect on in relation to your own leadership:
The vision and mission question: what needs to be done?
The team question: who will help you to do it?
The resilience question: what obstacles will you need to overcome?
PS – Keith Lamdin, in his book Finding your Leadership Style, suggests that there are three essential ingredients to leadership: discontent, vision, and courage – interesting in the light of with the 3 Nehemiah questions.
In the second part of the interview Jonathan describes the impact of a serious health crisis and – in a section of the interview that will be of special interest to people involved in church music – he discusses some of the things he listens for in choosing new songs.
As you listen, you may like to reflect on these questions:
If you are involved in church music, what do you think of Jonathan’s view that what we sing needs to combine theology and emotional engagement? Do you tend to one side or other?
Are you the kind of leader who is more likely to have a 5 year plan, or is your leadership more about responding the opportunities God gives you?
This week’s guest on the Leadership Journey podcast is Jonathan Rea, the Creative Director of New Irish Arts, a charity working to be a Christian presence in the arts and an artistic presence within the Church.
In this first part of the interview, Jonathan discusses his journey, both as a Christian and as a musician – two paths that have obviously converged in his life and work, not least as he has taken on leadership of New Irish Arts.
Jonathan mentions the potential of peer influence, specifically in his friendship with Keith Getty: how would you assess your peer relationships in this regard?
As a leader, are you more of an entrepreneur or someone who picks up an initial idea and runs with it?
This week’s episode continues the interview with Bishop Harold Miller (you can catch up with part one here).
Harold talks about his season of theological education (and the influence of Michael Green) and how God led him into the various stages of his ministry. He also talks about his vision for leadership and his strong aversion to sectarianism.
Watch out for mention of leaders’ ‘Popeye moments’ and for a remarkable story about tossing a coin, as well as a moving quotation from Helen Roseveare.
As you listen and reflect on your own leadership journey:
How has God led you into the various places where you have led?