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  • Our Attitude Determines Our Life...

    Not Our Circumstances

    Rod & Sue Denton

    By Rod Denton, Equipping The Next Generation

    Your attitude quotient (AQ) is more important than your intelligence quotient (IQ)

  • The Primacy of Christ-like Leadership

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    Christ-like Leadership: A Gospel Imperative

    “Church planting is moving at the speed of a bullet train with leadership development following on a bicycle.”1

    We are living in an era of unprecedented change. What we may not realize is that this includes exciting Kingdom change—rapid church planting and multiplication, throughout the world.

  • Asian Access passes baton to Japanese leadership

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    Japan (MNN) — Asian Access has officially passed the baton of ministry in Japan to the Japanese leadership.

  • The Blessing of the Pandemic: God's Deconstruction of My Ministry

    Herman Moldez

    by H.A. Moldez, National Director of A2/Philippines 

    “Your people will rebuild the ancient ruined and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairers of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets and Dwellings.”
    — Isaiah 58:12

    My ministry activities have been undermining my intimacy with God.

  • Polycentrism as the New Leadership Paradigm

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    SIX COMMON THEMES FOR A TRINITARIAN APPROACH TO LEADING MISSIONS

    By Joseph W. Handley, Jr.

    Polycentric—Why? And, what’s that?1

    As the world grapples with ongoing tensions, polarities, and ever-growing challenges, I am convinced that we need a new approach to leadership. It was this concern that compelled me to study global leadership and see if another form of leadership could prove pivotal to the world in which we lead for this era of God’s mission.

  • The 2nd installment of Amazing Grace: God's Sustaining Grace

    By Rod Denton, Equipping The Next Generation

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    Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound 
    That sustains a soul like me
    I once was weak, but now I'm strong
    Through Christ who lives in me.

    THE GRACE OF GOD COMES TO US IN TWO INSTALLMENTS: FIRST WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE (AMAZING GRACE PART 1) AT CONVERSION, AND THEN WE ARE SUSTAINED BY GRACE (AMAZING GRACE PART 2) FOR THE REMAINDER OF OUR LIVES.

  • Leaders Matter

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    The last few years, the idea of leadership has taken a beating. Whether it’s the critique of “elites” in our cultures or the overuse of the word leadership by various training and educational institutions. In many ways I agree with these concerns and it is why Asian Access does what it does in focusing on Christ, Character, and Servant Leadership.

  • Resilience

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    My colleague John Houlette just completed an outstanding book for Japanese pastors. And, the principles and stories are ones that will help you thrive in every season.

  • 10 Ways to Shape Your Destiny

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    I have heard it said that the greatest buried treasure in any city is to be found in its cemetery. For this is the place where the accumulated unfulfilled potential of a large number of people forever lies. I compare this with the life of Jesus who said just before His death on a cross at the age of 33, “Father….I have brought you glory on earth by FINISHING THE WORK YOU GAVE ME TO DO.” John 17:4 He was born with a destiny and He gave His life to fulfill this destiny. I was challenged by the words of John Maxwell in his message on How To Build A Legacy...

  • Leading Mission Movements

    A2 core network cloud 2018 detailOver the past eight years I have been researching various aspects of leadership to gain a deeper understanding of how to lead mission movements within the globalized ecosystem in which we now live. This article presents a new theory on polycentric leadership to help missional leaders...

  • Humility: The Key to Aging Well

    I was recently reminded by our [Australian] Prime Minister that I am now old enough to be regarded as a protected species that needs to be shielded from the dangers of our society. He was addressing the issue of the current Coronavirus pandemic and urged all Australians over 70 to stay at home to avoid any unnecessary risk of contracting the virus. I must admit that I had mixed feelings about his interest in my welfare. Growing old has its challenges. But it also has its advantages as I discovered in my recent Bible journaling where I took time to follow the lifeline of the apostle Paul. In the process, I made a discovery that deeply stirred my spirit; the one quality that should characterise above all else a follower of Jesus as they grow on to maturity. Let me illustrate with three passages of scripture...

  • Waiting on God: The importance of keeping in step with Him

    waiting umit bulut qbTC7ZwJB64 unsplashWe live in a generation that is not noted for its ability to wait patiently. The demonstrators of the world march and chant in unison, “What do we want” and “When do we want it?” And the answer echoes back, “We want it now!” Waiting is rarely seen as a virtue. Rather, we associate waiting with being left behind, with wasting time, with a missed opportunity or with someone getting ahead of us. However, a close read of the Bible suggests otherwise. Time and time again we see that there are seasons where waiting on God is of vital importance. The prophet Isaiah had learnt the value of waiting...

  • The time has come to march off the map

    armyIn 330 BC, Alexander the Great had conquered the Persian Empire and in the process had become ruler of most of the known world. With the greatest army ever assembled, he decided to continue his push eastward. His vision was unrelenting. He wanted to rule the entire world. But when they reached the Himalayan Mountains, his leaders came to Alexander with a serious concern. They had gone beyond the boundaries of their maps. To go further would mean that they would march off the map. They were suddenly faced with two options. They could return to where they came from and stay within familiar territory, or they could bravely march off the map into new and unknown territory. The first option would result in retreating to the comfort and security of the past; the second option would result in embracing the opportunities and challenges of a new order...

  • Toward A Deeper Discipleship

    A2/Philippines group photoA more biblical understanding of discipleship is critical to disciple a nation. Planting a church as a signpost of the Kingdom of God to evangelize a community is a good start. However, in a success-driven ministry, many pastors and leaders are simply dreaming of making their churches grow big and bigger. When the world’s criteria for success drives the ministry, discipleship is hurried up without the spiritual depth necessary to impact society. The World Evangelical Alliance’s call to a "Decade of Discipleship" needs radical calibration to grow...

  • Identifying Leaders in Times of Crisis

    crisis robert metz Rhv7ZUAY7pE unsplash 700px“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time.” (John Kenneth Galbraith) Whenever God wanted to get something done, He raised up a leader. That leader was often not a person in a leadership position or one who had the title of a leader. In fact, God often overlooked those who to the logical mind seemed to be more suited to the leadership position in question. Take David for example. Samuel was commissioned by God to anoint a king who would ultimately replace King Saul who had been rejected by God for disobeying God’s instructions. Samuel was directed by God to go to a man named Jesse who lived in Bethlehem because God said, ”I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” Samuel’s obvious choice was Jesse’s son Eliab. But the Lord said to Samuel...

  • SEASONS that give definition to our lives

    seasonsOne of the most important lessons I have learnt has been to live intentionally according to the seasons of my life. It has helped me understand God’s unfolding plan for my life and to see how He is at work in various areas of my life at any particular time. There is a liberty that accompanies the person who lives in harmony with the seasons of life. It frees a person from the need to live according to the expectations of other people or to miss God’s Kairos moments that sometimes unexpectedly break into our lives. In his recent book, New Thinking New Future, Sam Chand opens up the idea of seasons being constantly disruptive rather than everything always being neat and tidy. “Leaders who insist on a consistent, predictable environment value safety above progress...

  • Living Each Day At A Time

    A2/Philippines group photoEach day is not as certain as we think of and to talk about. Nothing is certain in COVID-19 days! Changes happen quickly and swiftly. Plans are revised every now and then; we are left confused and groping in the dark. The experts’ projections of scenario after scenario, if not properly sieved, make top heavy our worsening anxieties and fear. Local execs, either in public or private sectors, doing that much to the best they can, are in a quandary, influenced by opinionated seemingly wise individuals and scoop-seeking media resulting to nerve-wracking confusions and expectations among the citizens. Crisscrossed opinions considerably take their heavy toll on the gullible, stubborn and equally opinionated populace. How do we cope?...

  • Make plans that outlive your life

    “Is this a tragedy?” John Piper asked an audience of 50,000 young people when he spoke of two 80-year-old ladies, Ruby a nurse and Laura a retired doctor, who were killed instantly when their car went over a cliff in the Cameroons, where they were serving as missionaries. I continued to watch the video of John Piper where he said, “What happened to these two ladies was no tragedy. But this is a tragedy.” And then he told the story from a Readers’ Digest article about a couple aged 59 and 61, who took early retirement to live in a coastal development in Florida, USA to spend their time cruising on their trawler, playing softball and collecting seashells. And John Piper challenged his... {addthis off}

  • Shaping Your Culture

    potter in actionBy what you create or what you tolerate

    I was recently reminded of the valuable responsibility leaders have in shaping the culture of their organisation. They can shape their culture intentionally, or they can shape their culture by default. This important lesson was brought home to me when I listened to a presentation by Danny Meyer, the CEO of a restaurant chain in America called Shake Shack. He spoke of how he chose to define the way he would shape the culture of his restaurant by “shaping the way that people would feel when they dined in one of the Shake Shack restaurants.”... {addthis off}

  • The Little / BIG Principle...

    A basic building block in making disciples

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    It was John Maxwell who brought to my attention the fact that experience is not the best teacher. Otherwise, everybody would be getting better and more mature as they grow older. Rather, evaluated experience is the best teacher. Evaluated experience is the experience that is reflected upon and where lessons are learned and growth in maturity follows. As I have taken time to reflect on... {addthis off}

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