building a sustainable life.

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Being the spouse of a person going through burnout has its own difficulties. (Today’s guest blogger is my wife Adrienne. In Aug 2019 we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. I am proud to say Adrienne is editor of these blogs. See her article on How I became Don’s Editor) Indeed, how do we even approach the topic with our spouse

My spouse is going through burnout: part 1.

January 28, 2020
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The challenge of re-entry Coming back from holidays can be a challenge. Your heart and head have been in a different zone. Especially, if you have had a good one you will have unplugged and it takes some adjustment to re-enter. One big tip to reduce re-entry heat is to allow some time for reflection and refocus. Clarification you gain

Tough being back from holidays?

January 21, 2020
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Today’s video blog is with Dr Bob Logan of Logan Leadership. As a Fuller D.Min student studying church planting in 1987, I read his manual on church planting. It was a great help for church planting in 1988 when I came to the Gold Coast. I renewed the connection more recently in the Fuller class “Transforming your leadership development”. The

Power of reflection – the key to longevity

January 9, 2020
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Wishing you a happy Christmas as you celebrate the most pivotal point of history, the birth of Jesus. This event makes sense of life and love. Thank you Thank you for your kindness, encouragement and support in 2019. The journey trough 2019 has made us more grateful for family, friendships, faith and our community of faith. Thank you for your

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year

December 24, 2019
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Today I am chatting with Ps Steve White from C3 Church Monash. He also has a national role in helping Australia churches and key leaders be healthy. He is a sought after speaker and has particular insight on pastoral emotional intelligence. Steve and Deb his wife planted C3 Kingscliff and moved to Monash to help the church thrive after a

The end game – Ps Steve White

December 19, 2019
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The building of trust is essential for forming friendships. Here are 5 keys to building trust in friendships. Keep your word Becoming dependable is foundational for friendships. This happens as we communicate clearly. When I was a young dad balancing the demands of work and family, Adrienne would ask me, “When will you be home?” I would say about 4

5 Keys for building friendships

December 12, 2019
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When did we stop talking? In the busyness and stress of our world, people are losing the art of forming friendships, perceiving that it’s easier to isolate than congregate. Community has become a geographical area rather than a group of people with a common resonance. For our well-being, we need to discover the art of connection. We thrive when we

Regaining the art of making connections

December 5, 2019
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Share an adventure Gandalf: I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone. Bilbo: I should think so—in these parts! We are plain, quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them

Adventures are Opportunities for Forming Friendships

November 28, 2019
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So grateful for friends Recently we had a family tragedy. James our grandson died in childbirth. (You can read about some of the journey here: Link to blog) We were all heartbroken. One of the key things that have helped/is helping us journey through the grief is our friends; friends who called and friends who came over, people who reached

Friendships – the antidote to loneliness

November 22, 2019