U.S. lawmakers decry lack of religious freedom in UK, Church hit by vandalism sees support & 16 Leadership lessons
A group of influential believers are standing up for the religious liberty of their British neighbors, Despite the vandalism that occurred earlier this month at The Village Church of Indiantown, Florida, the people are counting their blessings, and in a post in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Pastor Charles Smith offers 16 leadership lessons he’s learned over the years.
A group of influential believers are standing up for the religious liberty of their British neighbors. A handful of U.S. representatives led by Chip Roy from Texas are protesting the use of Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) in the U.K., saying the citations are issued to prevent religious expression.
The orders have been used against people praying silently and displaying pro-life bumper stickers outside abortion clinics, the letter asserts. The letter protests legislation the U.K. Parliament approved March 7 creating public expression censorship zones outside abortion clinics across the U.K.
Charges citing two of the individuals for silent prayer were dismissed, but Smith-Connor was fined for praying in public, albeit a silent prayer, lawmakers said. U.K. law allows fines of up to 100 pounds ($122) for violating buffer zones.
Despite the vandalism that occurred earlier this month at The Village Church of Indiantown, Florida, the people are counting their blessings.
Pastor Chris McDonald can share story after story about phone calls he’s received from local churches and businesses, members and complete strangers who want to help the church after hearing about the incident. Nobody, it seems, likes the idea of vandals destroying church property, and plenty of people are pledging their support.
McDonald said the outpouring of support has been amazing. The Spanish-speaking church next door was there to help clean up the day of the incident. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the crime, posted the incident with photos on its Facebook page, resulting in even more calls from people wanting to help the church.
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In a post in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Pastor Charles Smith offers 16 leadership lessons he’s learned over the years.
Here’s three of them.
Nothing happens as fast as you’d like. People quit. Strategies change. Vendors go out of business. All of these disruptions are part of life, and a failure to anticipate them can leave you and your team feeling like they’re always behind the proverbial 8 ball.
A patient leader sets realistic timeframes and sticks to them.
Know Your Environment
Leadership never happens in a vacuum, but in a particular context with particular needs. The leader’s role, then, is to understand and assess that context so he or she can discern what needs to happen next.
One vital thing a leader does is set and manage expectations. People are pretty flexible with things they knew upfront. It’s the surprises that get us in trouble.
Give yourself more time than you need. Assume the final bid will come in a little higher than you hoped. Work to consistently under promise and overdeliver. If you do, organizational stress will decline, and your credibility will rise.
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Church Responds to Online Threat, Worship Pastor Wins on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ & Praising God in Prayer
Police in Haymarket, Virginia responded in textbook fashion to neutralize a threat at an area church on Sunday. A Kentucky pastor recently used an appearance on the popular game show Wheel of Fortune to do more than spin the wheel and win some cash. And, Wesley Duewel, the 20th century missionary and prayer leader, once observed, “Praise gives you the spirit of triumph and overcoming. Praise fires you with holy zeal.
The Maryland Supreme Court has ruled 4-3 that a Catholic employer was lawful in denying health benefits to the spouse of a gay married employee because such unions violate church doctrine. This college football season is unlike any other in David Pollack’s life. For as long as he can remember, the sport dominated his Saturdays in ways most people haven’t experienced. And, from 2012-2017, the reality TV series “Duck Dynasty” told many stories of the Robertson family and their duck-call and decoy business. “The Blind,” coming to theaters Sept. 28, tells the story of Phil Robertson’s life before he became a Christian.
Hard times often are described as “going through a valley.” But Bruce Watson, pastor of First Baptist Jeanerette, La., describes life’s valleys as the place where the soil is the richest. Rudy Kebreau and Randal Lyle are bound by far more than their mutual faith and pastoral calling these days. And, maybe your church has a prayer list. But have you ever considered have a personal prayer list? In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kie Bowman says it may help you remain faithful in prayer.