Play with a pack, run with a team

This morning I’m at a football tournament watching my daughter play. As they practiced shooting it struck me that all the teams practicing in that moment were only practicing scoring goals. No one was passing, tackling or communicating. Why? I suspect in every child’s mind there is the thought that they want to be the … Continue reading Play with a pack, run with a team

The Value of following a Life Vision

There are many benefits of having a life vision and knowing what progress you want to make. Here are seven benefits of having Vision for your life or organisation: It focuses your attention on what is important It helps us to persevere when the going gets tough It clarifies our lives and defines who we are … Continue reading The Value of following a Life Vision

Working together is at the heart of it all

Ripon YMCA is a Social Housing Provider situated in the heart of Ripon and serving young people from the wider locality. This year Ripon YMCA will have been serving young people and the local community for 102 years. We have a rich and varied history of working drawing alongside vulnerable young people and helping them … Continue reading Working together is at the heart of it all

Are you a city on a hill or a spooky castle?: Thoughts on discipleship and leadership

I was listening to the EntreLeader Podcast recently as I drove to work. The presenter described the interviewee as 'a city on a hill'. I loved that description and was struck by the thought that Christ-centred people are called to be cities on a hill. And then I thought... ...AM I A CITY ON A HILL? … Continue reading Are you a city on a hill or a spooky castle?: Thoughts on discipleship and leadership

Leadership and the Gospel

I have been around churches for 38 years at the time of writing. I have experienced many churches, faith groups and forms of Christian community. Some have been positive and a true source of blessing; some negative and abusive; some neutral and nice. But one thing they all have in common is that they are … Continue reading Leadership and the Gospel