I love Toronto. It’s a large city of 2.48 million people (5.5 million in the Greater Toronto Area). It’s multicultural, safe, and ranks as one of the top cities in the world in terms of quality of life. It really is a great place to live and work. I love living here.
I love the Church in Toronto as well. I’m very excited about many of the churches in this city, and the pastors and church planters who love the gospel and who love this city the way that God does.
The fact remains: we need new churches. I’m asking you to pray for a movement of new churches in Toronto, along with the renewal of existing churches in this great city.
I had coffee with a guy this week who just graduated college and wanted to know how he could prepare himself for being in ministry and becoming a better leader. He could feel the tension between the raw gifts and ambitions God had given him to lead and how he should to refine them. The derailment of many young leaders is impatience, a premature demand to take the reins before the character or gifts are ready. At the same time, I was encouraged by this guy because it’s the exact same tension I’ve seen in so many other young leaders and felt myself. Harnessed well, those gifts can be powerful.
So how do you develop and grow as a leader during that tension? Here are a couple of things I shared with him.
Here’s a question that produces opinionated answers. Stephen Prothero, in his book Religious Literacy, thinks we should. But it isn’t for the reason most would assume.
David Murray offers some helpful advice in this video:
Some of the textual questions we want to ask when preparing a sermon are:
- What are the main words in the text?
- What are the most important places or personalities?
- What doctrines are involved?
- What is central and what is peripheral?
- How is the text structured?