/ Posts from Derek Chedzey

14 Jan |  Knowing me, knowing you

Not unsurprisingly personality and character form part of the selection criteria for ministry in the Church of England. However I also think they are also key to life and relationships. Many people have been subjected to psychometric tests and personality …

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25 Nov |  What have mega churches ever done for us!

For many people reading this the very concept of a mega church will have you running to your keyboards to explain that wasn’t what Jesus or any of the New Testament writers had in mind when they thought about church!  …

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27 Oct |  The Leader as Hero

It is said we are shaped by our culture.  If that is true then one of the strongest leadership motifs is that of the hero leader.  In film we have James Bond, Indiana Jones and Princess Leia; in television we …

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24 Jan |  Seeking perfection?

My current favourite joke:  A chicken farmer is dismayed to see that his favourite chicken has stopped laying eggs.  He tries everything he knows to fix the problem but no success.  Then he remembers that his next door neighbour is …

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28 Apr |  Exploring Christian leadership – Voyage 3

Leadership is a major focus for Bristol Diocese, not just encouraging the leaders of our churches to hone their leadership skills, but also helping all those in positions of leadership to reflect on how their faith affects, maybe even drives, the way …

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18 Apr |  Being stretched too thin?

The last 3 or 4 months have been exceptionally busy.  As well as doing my own job, I have also been helping to cover the job of a colleague who was away for nearly 3 months on paternity leave.  And …

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13 Nov |  Shoebox theology

I had the best afternoon for ages today.  I was invited down to the Operation Christmas Child collection centre at Christ the Servant church in Stockwood today by my friend and colleague Sue Farrance.  Sue is the LLM at Stockwood and sub-Warden …

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08 Oct |  Regular readers will probably have reali…

Regular readers will probably have realised already that I have very ‘low brow’ tastes. Not for me the leadership lessons played out in Tolstoy, Shakespeare or Cicero. I’m much more likely to want to find the hidden nuggets hidden away …

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12 Sep |  Last Sunday I was delighted to join the …

Last Sunday I was delighted to join the last morning of the residential weekend which is the start of our new Lay Ministers’ Formation Year. 12 of the 15 trainee lay ministers this year set out on the last leg …

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05 Sep |  Apparently, I leak quite badly in meetin…

Apparently, I leak quite badly in meetings. My new colleague, Becky Waring, is a great observer of human nature and revealed this fact to me after a recent meeting. Thankfully she wasn’t alerting me to an embarrassing medical condition but …

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