THE LEADERSHIP JOURNEY PODCAST 11: Alistair Bill (part 2)

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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.

THE LEADERSHIP JOURNEY PODCAST 10: Alistair Bill (part 1)

 

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 Episode 6: Derek Tidball (part 1)

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The guest on the next two episodes of the podcast is Dr Derek Tidball. Derek’s leadership roles have included ministry in a couple of Baptist churches as well as being Principal of London School of Theology: he is also the author of many books, including his most recent book, Lead Like Joshua.

Podcast supplement: reflect on your leadership journey

One of the ways you might like to follow up with this week’s podcast on the leadership journey of Moses is to reflect on some of the things that have contributed to your own leadership journey.

Keep in mind that while Moses’ story fits neatly into three stages, your journey may have more phases. Look out for events and times that have marked turning points between phases. Use the second template (or your own variation on it) to reflect on your own story.

 Key stages

Formative years

Exile years

Leadership years

Turning points Intervening against the Egyptian Meeting God at the edge of the desert Striking the rock
Defining moments Standing up for the Hebrew slave Choosing to intercede
Important people Mother, sister, Pharaoh’s daughter Wife, father-in-law Aaron, Joshua
Crucial decisions Deciding where his allegiance lay Defying Pharaoh and leaving Egypt
Times of testing Tests faced by his people and family The loss of his vision Complaints of the people
Notable successes Courage of others Signs and wonders
Regrettable failures Rejection Striking the rock
Life lessons Sense of injustice and of identity Experiencing the mighty hand of God
Sense of calling Choosing to stand with the Hebrews Call episode in chapter 3,4
Key stages Stage 1 Stage 2
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Important people      
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Times of testing      
Notable successes      
Regrettable failures      
Life lessons      
Sense of calling      

The Leadership Journey Podcast Episode 5: Moses

MicrophoneThis week we’re talking about one of the greatest of the biblical leaders, Moses, of whom the American preacher, DL Moody, reportedly said that,

[he] spent forty years thinking he was somebody, forty years learning he was nobody, and forty years discovering what God can do with a nobody.

To put that in other terms, Moses’ life falls into three phases:

  • The formative years, marked first by the actions of others, and later by a significant decision;
  • The exile (wilderness) years, during which Moses appears to lose his enthusiasm for the task of leadership;
  • The leadership years, marked by the challenges of leadership, but also by the privilege of being favoured by God.

Remember that you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes by following this link.

Meantime, here is this week’s episode:

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The Leadership Journey Podcast Episode 2: Crucibles, Character, and how the Leader Relates to God

MicrophoneHere is episode 2 of the podcast which discusses some of the ways crucible experiences interact with the issue of the leader’s character. We also reflect on leaders’ experiences of the love of God.

The Leadership Journey podcast (LJP)

podcast1The idea of a podcast was first mooted some months ago. It’s been a slow project to get off the ground, but the wheels are starting to turn: in fact, the content of the first episode was recorded yesterday. The plan is to bank a few episodes before launching a weekly podcast that will be available on this website and (once we get the technicalities sorted) available for you to subscribe.

Each episode will be an opportunity to reflect on some aspect of the leadership journey. Some of the episodes will be me, talking (hopefully not just to myself!) but a lot of them will consist of interviews with a range of Christian leaders who will be reflecting on their own stories and things that have shaped them along the way.

Hopefully the first episode will be available for listening in the next few weeks. In it, I’m being interviewed about my recent research on crucibles of Christian leadership.