The Leadership Journey Podcast 15: Jonathan Rea (2)


This week’s podcast is the second part of the interview with Jonathan Rea, Creative Director of New Irish Arts.

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:

  1. 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?
  2. 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?

The Leadership Journey Podcast 14: Jonathan Rea (1)


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?


The Leadership Journey Podcast 13: Harold Miller (2)


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?
  • What are you passionate to see changed?

The Leadership Journey Podcast 12: Harold Miller


The guest this week is Harold Miller, Bishop of Down and Dromore in the Church of Ireland.

In this first part of his interview Harold talks about his conversion experience and the early stages of his growth as a leader while involved in the Christian Union at Trinity College, Dublin (his years there coincided with a remarkable batch of future leaders and missionaries).

He also talks about the role of an Anglican Bishop and the importance of leaders having other people around them.

Here are some questions for you to reflect on as you listen to Harold’s interview:

  • Harold mentions a number of key mentors: what mentors are helping to shape you, and are you building into the lives of other, younger leaders?
  • Harold talks about ‘holes in the cheese’: as you think about your own church tradition, where are some of the gaps?



This week’s episode of the podcast features part two of an interview with Alistair Bill, minister of Saintfield Road Presbyterian Church in Belfast (you can listen to last week’s episode here).

Alistair talks about his ministry which has spanned over three decades and has taken him to both sides of the Irish border and he discusses some of the important things leaders need to be aware of.

Leaders need to pay attention to context (‘the leader’s first task is to define reality’ – Max Dupree), to God’s call, the ‘big picture’, and the importance of leading as a team.



revd-alistair-bill-saintfield-road-presbyterianAlistair Bill has been minister of Saintfield Road Presbyterian Church in Belfast for almost 24 years. In this week’s podcast – the first part of a two-part interview – Alistair talks about his early years, including how he came to faith through the ministry of Arthur Blessitt (remember him carrying his cross around Northern Ireland in 1972, and the smiley face stickers? – he is now into his 50th year of carrying the cross!) and how he began to sense God’s call into vocational ministry.

In part 2 of the interview (next week) Alistair talks about his years of ministry in Greystones, Monaghan, and his current church – Saintfield Road: he also shares some of the important leadership lessons he has picked up along the way.

Remember that you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, where you can also catch up with previous episodes, including interviews with Derek Tidball and David McClay.

Here is this week’s interview:

The Leadership Journey Podcast 9: David McClay (part 2)

sligo-30-650x550This week’s episode picks up David McClay’s story and David talks about his ministry at Willowfield Parish Church in East Belfast. He shares some of his thinking about the Church in 21st century Northern Ireland (though there is plenty of potential application further afield). In days of challenge and opportunity, David’s conviction is that the Church needs to preach biblically, evangelise intentionally, and to be humble – we need to bend the knee to Jesus.

My┬ásense is that a lot of people out there in society are very open to have conversations about Jesus – David McClay.