Delegation – a most powerful tool.

This is a wonderful entry from Developing the Leaders Around You, by John Maxwell. Enjoy. "Delegation is the most powerful tool leaders have. Delegation increases individual productivity according to the number of people to whom leaders can delegate. it increases the productivity of their department or organization. Leaders who can't or won't delegate create a bottleneck to productivity. So why do some leaders fail to delegate effectively? Insecurity Lack of confidence in others. Lack of ability to train others. Personal enjoyment of the task. Habit. Inability to ...

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A METHOD TO OUR MADNESS?

[NOTE: THIS SAME ARTICLE IS LISTED ON THE ARTICLES PAGE, BUT WITH LINKS TO EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENT METHODS LISTED] I poked my head in the half opened door as I called out "Helloo. Are you ready for Bible study?" Inside were Perpetua and her 18 month whirlwind, along with two others I had never met. Along with me was Mike, a Zambian CPX student. This was to be the first night of doing Bible study at this home and I was eager to see who would be there. Elias, the husband of the home, had been a part of another Bible study, but quit because it was all Christians who just wanted ...

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A Day in the Life of…

After two weeks of all-consuming pressure from every direction in preparing a new residence for 50 incoming CPx students, I was desperate to get back into Masiphumelele, the township we have come to love.  Going to Masi is always an adventure-you may have a plan at the outset, but you can be certain it won't happen the way you think! Niki (names changed) was first on my list, a young pregnant mom who recently discovered she is HIV-positive.  She was initially discouraged at the news, but now says "I am fine"-perhaps a bit of denial going on.  A knock on the bright ...

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The Day I Became a Millionaire!

The second day of my trip to Zambia and Zimbabwe I became a millionaire! I was walking the littered streets of Vic Falls, the border town next to the exquisite Victoria Falls, when I noticed a scrap on the ground that looked like money! It was all crumpled and dirty and smelly, but sure enough, it was a 500 million dollar bill!! I'm rich! Not quite. Someone had wisely used this worthless bill as toilet paper! Claims to Shame: Zimbabwe's education system, once one of the best in Africa, has disintegrated over the past year. Towards the end of 2007, 85% of children were ...

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Singing in the Rain

"His ways are not our ways, his thoughts are not our thoughts. In September '07 we started construction on a spec house, something we hadn't done for at least 10 years.  Upon completion in December, we put it on the market, hopeful that the proceeds would allow us to pay off some debt and live in Africa for a period of time. We didn't realize that the economy was taking a nosedive, with housing sales coming to a virtual standstill over the course of 2008.  Despite the continued prayers of many people, that beautiful house crafted with such high expectations remained ...

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Mandate Miison trip begins

Title: Mandate Miison trip beginsLocation: Durban, SA; Maputo, MozLink out: Click hereDescription: Mandate Mission trip to southern Africa - working with orphans, in villages, in schools, planting gardens, etc. Thru March 23Date: 2009-02-23

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CPX begins

Title: CPX beginsLocation: Cape Town baseLink out: Click hereDescription: All Nations Cape Town Church Planting eXperience begins. Ends July 24Date: 2009-02-10

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AN At Home Week

Title: AN At Home WeekLocation: Cape Town baseDescription: All All Nations CT staff get together and set vision and goals for coming year.Start Date: 2009-01-12End Date: 2009-01-16

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Confessions of a Pharisee

As I unsuspectingly opened my Bible for my morning devotions, my selection fell on Matt 19 –the Pharisees (thank God I am not like them!) confronting Jesus about divorce. As my eyes scanned down the page, something began to swim in my mind: Instead of hearing the words of insipid enemies of Jesus, I was hearing my own taunts, my own reasonings, a very familiar method of critiquing new teachings. For several months before this I had been engaged in a debate with a pastor friend who had become convinced of evolution. He is well read, articulate, intelligent, ...

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Incarnation – the most precious gift of all.

Today I am trying to cheer myself for Jesus' sake. I am feeling lonely and blue, because my children and friends are in a distant country on this Christmas day. But perhaps there is something I can learn from this... What is Christmas all about, other than the miracle of incarnation? Such extreme holiness condescended to the lowest level, not just for a moment, but to live among those who were hopelessly degraded and perverse, and even to die with them. When we walk in the townships here - see the anger and aggression, the neglect of children, the stench of waste in ...

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