Brendan Healy from Mullingar is back this week. In the first part of our conversation Brendan talked about the beginnings of his military career, and about the remarkable story of coming to faith in Christ.
In this part of our conversation Brendan talks about ways in which leaders in various settings (like Church or military) can learn from each other. One example, drawn from the military, is the emphasis put on training for transformation: Brendan suggests that churches need to make discipleship a more serious enterprise.
We also discuss the difference between leading from position and leading from who we are: church leaders are less likely to wear their authority on their epaulettes! Brendan suggests that the great challenge for Christian leaders will be to influence people through character and authenticity.
Brendan also talks about the church of which he is a part in Mullingar, and the roles he has played in its work: along the way, there are some interesting observations in relation to religious and cultural identity!
He also talks about people who have influenced him along the way, and shares some of the main lessons he has learned.
For your reflection:
- What are some of the spheres of leadership you think Christians would do well to learn from? Are there any cautions?
- As a leader, do you have a plan for helping to develop other people? Does your church or organisation take training and discipleship seriously?
PS – in the background you will hear some of the staff of Irish Bible Institute (where we recorded the podcast) having a bit of a laugh!
Next week the guest on the podcast will be Charles McMullan, current Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.