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Having watched my daughter compete in her first running race at the weekend, I know that age has some impact on our ability to complete and deliver physical tasks at the highest level. However, at 26 she gained the fastest time in her age group. Running was a new experience, and while she needed her Ventolin inhaler at the end she is already planning her next, longer race. She tried something new and, despite the challenges, has found she...
Are you searching high and low for that perfect job, but unsure how to get out of your not-so-perfect job? I might just have an answer. Let me share a secret with you. For years I had a punchbag with the face of Confucius and his gloating lines pinned below: ‘Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life again.’ Well good for you, Confucius, that you found your ideal job, but your clichés...
Being made redundant can be an upsetting experience, but being prepared can help to soften the blow. Here are some tips and advice to help you get through redundancy and take the next step in your career. First things first   There are some important things to do and information to collect from your employer before you your job comes to an end:  Collect your P45 Ask your HR department to give you written details of...
'For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, "It might have been."'  (John Greenleaf Whittier) Imagine looking back over the years and deeply regretting not having done something you wholeheartedly wanted to do. Did you not pursue your dream job because you put yourself second to everything else in your life? Or maybe it was because you were afraid to try and became dejected about not being good enough to make it...
If you are looking for work or a new career direction, here are nine questions that you should ask yourself before making your next career move. God’s promise to you today is that, regardless of the number in opposition, if you trust in him and take some practical steps you will begin to see him move on your behalf. After all, if God is for you, who can be against you? 1.        Are you...
The answer to this question will depend on your workplace. If you work for a Christian company where there is an atmosphere of prayer and ministry in place, it will be much easier to minister to your colleagues, although sensitivity will always be required. If not, it may be more difficult to speak to your fellow workers or clients without finding yourself in hot water. You may also have been put off by news stories you’ve heard...
When you leave one ministry for another, it’s vital that you do so in an appropriate manner, ensuring that you are following God’s leading rather than your own gut reaction as well as making sure that the relevant people are kept in the loop. Leaving your existing ministry Perhaps you set up a ministry or have been sowing into it for many years but it seems to have come to a natural end, or you simply feel it’s time...
When I first lost my job, I was full of confidence in my ability to find work. But after the weeks turned to months of signing on at the Job Centre I began to believe that I had nothing of any value to offer my next employer, and that this was the reason I was still out of work. I want to encourage those of you who have reached the end of your tether and have started to believe this lie. It’s not true, but it can sure feel like it!...
You may have taken a long break from work to bring up your children or care for a relative. Or perhaps you took time out to go travelling or to recover from illness. Or maybe you have been working for yourself but work has dried up and you’re now looking for a more stable career. Whatever your circumstances, returning to the workplace can seem daunting after a long break. You may feel that you lack the skills and experience to take...
As life becomes busier and busier, it often seems impossible to stay afloat with work, family and church commitments. How do you squeeze God time into your day when you’re already struggling to get everything done? Making a few small changes to your daily routine will help you keep your focus on God during the busyness of the day and may well give you the strength and peace you need to get everything done without burning out....
  Get reading.  Find out what the Bible has to say about ministry and read books written by ministry leaders in your field, even if you don’t see eye to eye with them on everything! Read up on what it takes to be a leader and how to sustain yourself in a ministry role. Practise public speaking.  Whatever form of ministry you take on, the chances are you’ll have to speak in front of groups at some point....