The Aussie Legacy of Billy Graham

Billy Graham died yesterday, aged 99. Perhaps the most influential church figure of the twentieth century, many still suggest today that their pursuit of Christian ministry was due to his impact. Graham still holds the record for the highest attendance at the Melbourne Cricket Ground which put his March 1959 crowd at 143,750. It is estimated that he preached to more than 200 million people worldwide. Some fascinating aspects of his Australian legacy offer enduring keys to ministry success. Continue reading


What Research Tells Churches About Influencing Change

Robert Cialdini’s classic work Influence: Science and Practice has two million sales to back the six techniques recently presented in Joseph Grenny’s Influencer.  He gives some further keys to understanding the conditions necessary for bringing change, but his six principles then markedly influence our actual impact on people. These factors are actually vital for growing healthy churches. Continue reading

Six Factors That Make Change Inevitable

The New York Times bestselling book, Influencer, presents Joseph Grenny’s helpful research into leading change in any community, church, club, workplace or family. The summary version is available via the 2017 Global Leadership Summit (which can be ordered along with the discounted book until stock runs out). Grenny states that successful influencers ‘overdetermine’ change by purposefully focusing on six factors that make it inevitable. Continue reading

Why Christmas Matters

I find that Christmas provides a perfect opportunity for me to share my faith with others. A majority of Australians still identifying as Christians, according to the recent census. I have argued in previous years that any offence over Christmas carols or references to Jesus are usually taken on behalf of others who are not usually offended. We can overthink caution or aversion, but here’s three reasons why Christmas still matters and should be celebrated intentionally and positively. Continue reading

Lessons from a PR Fail

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse has released its report and it has understandably caused a stir. The Catholic Church predictably came under heavy criticism, and recommendations included celibacy becoming optional and confessions to priests being freed from the absolute guarantee of protection. Pope Francis is encouraging the findings to be studied in depth but the initial response of some Australian Catholics is quite disturbing, perhaps a missed opportunity that could quickly become a lost one if some basic remedial steps are not taken. Continue reading

What Leaders Really Do

Leadership success is not accidental, but comes from a purposeful series of steps that enact change in a shared ownership of a preferred future. John Kotter’s book offers some crucial insights into What Leaders Really Do. Far from disparaging management, since this provides the mechanics of success, leadership provides the blueprint in several key ways that are not always seen in those with the role description to lead. Continue reading

Lessons from the SSM Debate

“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.” A great slogan for an old movie that begs the question as to whether it is still safe to wade into debate on social issues. A week on from the survey result that has paved the way for gay marriage in Australia, we are already seeing a public attack on foundational social values such as the right to freedom of speech. Continue reading