The Leadership Journey Podcast (20): Ian Parkinson (part 1)


This week’s guest is Ian Parkinson. Ian is a leadership specialist with CPAS, an Anglican evangelical mission agency that works with churches. He has also worked as a local church leader and in a leadership role with the New Wine network of churches. He is the author of Reignite: Seeing God Rekindle Life and Purpose in Your Church.

In this episode Ian talks about discovering faith and how he found God developing his leadership gift as he grew spiritually.

He spends some time discussing the theme of wilderness, describing a year long phase that followed his time at university. He has come to believe that an experience of being emptied or shaken is the only basis for effective Christian leadership: the leader needs to encounter God and learn to rely on him.

For reflection as you listen:

  • What do you think about Ian’s claim that leaders need to encounter the wilderness if they are to be truly effective for God?
  • Reflect on a time as a leader when you came to the end of your resources and had to learn to rely on God in a new way.

In next week’s episode Ian goes on to discuss the issues of culture and change in leadership.



Paul Reid is back for another episode of the podcast. Among the things we discuss are various styles of leadership and the importance of leaders (and others) figuring out who they are. We also discuss leaders’ insecurity and Paul touches on another of the paradigm shifts in his ministry: the question of women in leadership. He also talks about retirement, and the importance of leaders having a plan in place as they approach retirement.

And he shares some of the lessons he has learned along the way, including:

  • the need to embrace weakness
  • the importance of keeping a united team
  • the value of having people around to care during times of challenge
  • the issue of ‘disintegrated anticipation’ (you will have to listen to the podcast to understand what this is, but it has to do with fads!).

Here is a link to the book Paul mentions on teams – The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

The Leadership Journey Podcast (18) Paul Reid (part 2)


This week Paul Reid is back on the podcast. If you missed the first part of his story, you can catch up with it here. This week’s episode picks up Paul’s story from his appointment as pastor of CFC in Belfast.

Among the things Paul discusses during the podcast are issues of church autonomy and his approach to remaining open to outside voices; the influence of John Wimber and his own emphasis on a message of grace; his – and CFC’s experience of the Toronto Blessing; and how he has sought to maintain a balance of Word and Spirit in his ministry.

As you listen to the podcast, here are some things to think about:

  1. If you are a church leader – especially if you are in an autonomous church set-up, how do you and your church keep your leadership open and accountable to others?
  2. Have you thought through a theology of prayer and healing?
  3. ‘There is no small print in the message of God’s love and grace’: how do you respond to what Paul says about grace?
  4. If you are a church leader, how have you gone about ensuring that your ministry is about both Word and Spirit?

In next week’s podcast, Paul will be reflecting on some of what he has learned through the course of his leadership journey.

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And here is this week’s episode: