Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Listening quiz

I've thrown together this listening quiz based on the Peter Panda dance scene from the film The Pacifier. Note you can find the lyrics here. We're going to use this with the Rock solid session What did you say?

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Personal saftey - book

Checkout this book on Personal Safety by Anita Naik. You could use this with my talk on Clubbing

Friday, October 26, 2007

Lost in Wonder - online Labyrinth

Check out www.lostinwonder.org.uk. It's an online labyrinth a bit like www.labyrinth.org.uk


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Our Iceberg Is Melting

I've just finished listening to John Kotters book Our Iceberg is melting - a must for anyone wanting to know about the process of change. Checkout the promotional video here.


Saturday, October 20, 2007

Making the right decision

Here are some more notes from the Spring Harvest seminar by James Lawrence....

Making a decision can be a tricky business. The outcome depends upon what we do (the action) and when we do it (the time). If we don't get the right combination, things might not work out as we expect. This diagram attempts to show what can happen:

Wrong action

Right action

Wrong time

Wrong time





Wrong action

Right action

Right time

Right time

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Pray pray pray postcard template

I've just uploaded a template for a postcard I've put together. I've printed it double sided, in colour, on 200gm white card. We are using this to keep folks up to date on various projects that we are working on. You can download the template here. If anyone knows of any other templates that are freely available, please let me know!

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Free photo's

Check out this list of 100 free sources for images. Thanks Chris for pointing this out to me.

Death by power point

Here's a good quote for those who use power point "You need to be capable of communicating without Powerpoint if you are ever going to fully utilize the communication potential of Powerpoint".


Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Here are some notes from another Spring Harvest session on Wholeness. I think the speaker was Kriss Kandiah. The idea is that there are 3 types of people, and they are driven by different things and if we are to attain "wholeness" as a church we need to embrace all three. Here is a brief summary of the 3 types:

1) The Heart is what matters
They people are prone to emotionalism, Orthopathy and are Vulnerable to manipulation.

2) The head is what matters
These people are prone to intellectualism, orthodoxy and are in danger of "cold formalism"

3) Doing is what matters
These people are activists...orthopraxy and are prone to burn out.

From my notes, I understand that Orthopathy means that having your heart in the right place is what matters, where as orthodoxy is about having the correct theology / beliefs. Orthopraxy is about doing the right thing.

As I write up these notes I wonder how this connects with my previous post on Change. Perhaps this connects with the idea that everyone has fundamental needs....

How does this effect our youthwork...perhaps we need to ask, what are we doing for those driven by the heart / head or the activist...personally am more prone to the head. I guess this is at the expense of the other two...perhaps we need to step back and ask ourselves, what does our group look like? Is it dominted by "the heart"? Are we forever "doing" but not thinking (the head)? I guess we need a balance....


Saturday, October 06, 2007

Chav Gospel

Check out this post - the gospel according to St Chav


Thursday, October 04, 2007


A few months ago I typed up some of the key points from the Spring Harvest leadership seminars I attended this year. I thought I'd type up some more on the subject of change...

Principles of change

1) different people react differently to change...at one end of the spectrum we have people who like stability and at the other we have people who like change. For those of us who are trying to undertake change, we have to ask ourselves: what if someone likes stability? After all some people like Church because it is a source of stability in a changing world. Change can lead to:
2) Everyone has fundamental needs to be meet. Those initiating the change need to consider what these individual needs are and how change will effect / meet those needs.

3) Change involves loss...people go through a "loss curve" like grieving:
4) Fears need to be dealt with in a rational way
Note that change usually requires a considerable length of time...skipping steps can't be done.

Kotters eight phases of leadership through change

1) Establish a sense of urgency
2) Form a powerful guiding coalition
3) Create a vision...a clear a concise description of what you are doing. This should be written in terms of outcomes, not specific activities
4) Communicate your vision, use every opportunity and every tool you have available. Do this time and time again.
5) Empower others to act....coaching
6) Plan and create short term wins (milestones). This enables people to see progress.
7) Consolidate and maintain momentum
8) Institutionalise the new approaches

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Bullying seminar notes

These are from some seminar notes from Spring Harvest about 2 years ago...

Some definitions of bullying

...put simply, if it makes the victim feel bad, then it's bullying

Why do people bully?
Problems victim's experience
Symptoms of bullying
How to deal with bullying
Other comments

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