AUTHENTICITY: It’s a choice

Jul 25th, 2018 Bev's Blog 7 min read

  I was my mother’s difficult child; must have been a shock after my two well behaved sisters. I was the kid who never followed the pattern. My school reports said: Beverley is very intelligent but will not conform. I don’t know why. There’s just something about me that hates having to corset my heart and Botox my personality in order to toe the company…

A FEW THINGS I’VE LEARNED ABOUT LEADERSHIP

Jul 15th, 2018 Bev's Blog 8 min read

I’ve learned that leadership and followership is reciprocal: you become like the leader you follow. If the leader has courage, the followers rise in courage. If the leader feels the end justifies the means, so do the followers. If the leader is a liar, the followers accept lying as normal and do likewise. The importance or unimportance of characteristics such as personal integrity, kindness, or…

PARDON ME, YOUR INSECURITIES ARE SHOWING

Jun 23rd, 2018 Bev's Blog 8 min read

  I’ve come to love the Proverbs 31 woman. I realise now she is the sum total of everything we could be, rather than everything we should be. Solomon’s mum wrote to advise him about the kind of wife he needed to look for and we have misunderstood that in epic proportions. Far from being a real person, she is our permission to be anything…

THE PERILS OF SILO LEADERSHIP

Jun 14th, 2018 Bev's Blog 8 min read

The world stands or falls on leadership. This is true of nations, corporations, churches, charities, the military, businesses, and any other group you can think of. Whenever people combine their resources to make the world a better place, whether it’s through consulting and advising, creating and developing, managing and facilitating, or just plain helping out, it needs people up front and centre operating as leaders….

SORRY/NOTSORRY

Jun 5th, 2018 Bev's Blog 7 min read

We tend to think leadership is all about how well we communicate, how clear and focused our vision is, how ordered our plans are and how well we engage with people we hope will accompany us on our mission. But there’s more to leadership than being The Boss. Leadership is about shared humanity. It’s about being human amongst other humans with whom we share the…

RESURRECTION

Mar 30th, 2018 Bev's Blog 3 min read

  Soft sand slid under His feet. The air was pure and fragrant, redolent with the life it carried as He breathed it deep into His lungs, His body regaining strength as lifeblood coursed again through His veins. Three days in the grave, bound and lifeless as His Spirit travelled on its crucial journey into the depths of hell. His mission? To reclaim the Keys…

FACING PREJUDICE FROM THE BACK SEAT

Feb 5th, 2017 Bev's Blog 4 min read

I had been preaching at a conference in South Africa and was now in a taxi on the way to the airport. My driver was a mixed-race guy, friendly and affable, so I was encouraged in our conversation to ask him to tell me about the changes he’d experienced in South Africa in the years since apartheid was outlawed. What followed was a shocking conversation…

THE SANCTIFYING RUB OF LEADERSHIP

Jan 23rd, 2017 Bev's Blog 4 min read

  My guest blogger is Pastor Kylie Garrett. I know you’ll love her take on the rub in leadership.   There’s plenty of ‘rub’ in leadership, those things that make you moan internally and want to roll your eyes or screw up your face.  They’re little and they’re big, they’re annoying and disheartening, they’re ever present and never failing! They’re the ‘rub’ that if allowed,…

CHOOSING LOVE

Jan 17th, 2017 Bev's Blog 3 min read

I am honoured to be writing a post for Dorothy Greco this month as part of the celebration of her new book Making Marriage Beautiful. It can be beautiful but not overnight. It takes work and determination. I wrote this post a few years ago, but it still encapsulates everything I feel about the journey we embarked on all those years ago. Recently we celebrated a major…

THE GATE OF 2017

Jan 2nd, 2017 Bev's Blog 5 min read

I’ve seen many New Years now. Back in the day when I’d only seen a few decades, I had a vivid expectation that this time, this new year, everything would be different. All the hurts and disillusionments, mistakes and failures that had tangled me up and weighed me down from my life so far, could be suddenly, miraculously, magically be dealt with and THIS year,…