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Interview Tip – Present the Evidence

Interview Tip - Present the Evidence

Interview Tip – Present the Evidence! Download PDF For more information on answering job interview questions or questions from potential patrons or partners, check out the following articles:The STAR(ce) Method – or how to ace your job interview! Interview Tip – Show Your Learning. Here’s another in the short series of tips for preparing for job interviews, pitching to potential patrons to support your work, or asking another organisation to partner with you – present the evidence!Showing evidence for your experience and accomplishments is very simple and straightforward, and yet it’s an aspect of demonstrating your achievements that few candidates think of when they’re preparing for an interview. Out of the dozens and dozens of interviews I’ve conducted, only in one or two cases dida  candidate come with physical or electronic evidence to back up their claims to show the interview panel.“But won’t people just believe what I say in the…

Interview Tip – Show Your Learning

Interview Tip - Show Your Learning

Interview Tip – Show Your Learning Download PDF For more information on answering job interview questions or questions from potential patrons or partners, check out these articles:The STAR(ce) Method – or how to ace your job interview!  Interview Tip – Present the Evidence. Here’s another tip for those applying for new roles and facing the sometimes daunting prospect of job interviews. This is also applicable for anyone approaching patrons for support, applying for ordination, or in countless other contexts where you find yourself in some way competing against other candidates for a role, experience, or some other outcome.Always make sure you can share what you’ve learnt through your work experience. When I was in school, my maths teachers were always telling me, “Show your working.”  When it comes to presenting yourself as a potential candidate for a job, investment, or partnership, a similar thing applies; “Show your learning.” Lots of…

The STAR(ce) Method – Or How to Ace Your Job Interview

The STAR(ce) Method, how to ace your job interview

The STAR(ce) Method – or how to ace your job interview! Download PDF For more information on answering job interview questions or questions from potential patrons or partners, check out the following articles:Interview Tip – Show Your Learning. Interview Tip – Present the Evidence. How can you present yourself in the best possible way when you’re in a job interview or talking to a potential employer? And how can you do it without exaggerating or stretching the truth on one hand, or feeling like you’re boasting on the other?For lots of people, situations that depend on promoting your own accomplishments can be difficult and feel artificial, and that’s even before you start worrying about the outcome that you’re hoping for! Often the situation giving rise to these feelings is a job interview, or it may be that you’re asking a potential patron to give financially, or you may be asking an…

Effective Planning & Review Meetings

Effective Planning and Review Meetings

Effective Planning & Review Meetings Download PDF Gospel ministry often involves lots of meetings! In fact, it can seem like meetings take up a disproportionate amount of time for church staff and leaders, and others involved in gospel work.  Though know planning and canvassing ideas is an important part of being good stewards of the resources at our disposal – we don’t want to be wasteful because we haven’t thought enough about likely outcomes. It’s also part of being good shepherds of those in our care – it’s unkind not to consider the challenges and responses likely to be faced by those we lead and involve in ministry.Similarly, reviewing our ministry tasks – reflecting on how we’ve used our time and money and how we’ve asked people to labour alongside us – is part of seeking to be fruitful and effective for the gospel.If you lead a team, whether that…

The Resurrection – 1 Corinthians 15 – High School Short Studies

Resurrection devotions

The Resurrection – 1 Corinthians 15 – Devotions for High School Students Download the Series These short studies on the resurrection for high school students are based on 1 Corinthians 15.  They were orginally written for students to do on their own once a week during COVID-19 Lockdown when school Christian Unions were not able to meet. Over 6 sessions students are able to consider the wonderful implications of Jesus’ resurrection for all believers.  The first in the series can be previewed below. Click on the button on the left to download all 5 studies as a ZIP file. You can also download the 5-week “I Am” series of short devotions here. Your browser does not seem to support iframes. Click here to read this PDF.

“I Am” High School Short Studies

I am devotions

“I Am” – Devotions for High School Students Download the Series These short studies in five of the “I Am” sayings of Jesus are written for high school students. They were orginally written for students to do on their own once a week during COVID-19 Lockdown when school Christian Unions were not able to meet. The “I Am” sayings reveal key aspects of Jesus identity and help us understand the wonder of the Word who became flesh.The first in the series can be previewed below. click on the button on the left to download all 5 studies as a ZIP file.You can also download the 6-week series of short devotions on the resurrection here. Your browser does not seem to support iframes. Click here to read this PDF.

Stages of Group Life

Stages of small group life

Stages of Small Group Life Download PDF If you’ve been a member of a small group in a church for any length of time – a Bible study group, a staff team, a project group, or any other type of group – you’ll have noticed that groups change!Why do groups change so much?Is the change bad? Is it better to stay the same?What leads to change? What hinders it?The stages of group life described here are based on the group development model of Bruce Tuckman. Tuckman was a researcher in educational psychology who first published his work in a well-known 1965 article in Psychological Bulletin, “Developmental Sequence in Small Groups.” He re-visited the topic in a subsequent publication in 1977 and his stages have been the focus of much discussion and research since!Small groups in churches involve many of the same interpersonal transitions as groups in other contexts;  Group members…

Join Dundonald Church as a Ministry Trainee in 2021

We’re inviting applications for Ministry Trainees to join us in September 2021! As a growing and an increasingly diverse, all-age church family with four congregations on a Sunday, the church I serve, Dundonald Church, Raynes Park is a busy church! At Dundonald you’ll find everyone from babies to the elderly, students to retirees, those caring for others, and those working in the city, and everyone else in between!Our mission “We witness to grow disciples” summarises our conviction that the good news of Jesus changes hearts and lives as we hear and proclaim God’s Word. In 2021 we will be moving into a purpose-built facility which we pray will enable gospel ministry in new and exciting ways for generations to come.To find out more, and to learn how to apply, head to dundonald.org/trainees today!

Managing Ministry Staff

Managing Ministry Staff Download PDF In team ministry contexts, more and more staff are finding themselves line-managing other ministry staff.  These may be ministry apprentices, or junior staff, or other senior team members.Managing staff isn’t something we’re typically trained for in our ministry training! And while some gospel workers will have experience from previous employment, it’s a challenge for many to work out what this kind of management looks like in a gospel ministry context.While the discipleship and mentoring of ministry staff are important issues, the purpose of this document is to outline some helpful aspects of the management relationship; how gospel workers lead other staff in order to work together towards agreed gospel outcomes.  Of course, because we are members together of the body of Christ (Ephesians 3:6), the discipleship and service aspects are never absent from the way we seek to manage others in ministry!Some gospel workers will…

God of the Nations and the Lowly – Psalm 138

Psalms

God of the Nations and the Lowly – Psalm 138 The God of the vast harvest fields, is also the gardener who tends to the individual branches on his vine.We have been working our way through the book of Acts in our weekly Bible study with the Dundonald staff and Co-Mission Resources Team.  Among the many encouragements I’ve received through Acts, is the repeated reminder that the God of the rapid spread of the gospel is also the God of the inward change in the lives of individuals; God calls many thousands to himself in a single day, and also arranges an intersection between one enquirer and a potential evangelist on a desert road.  Cities are turned upside down (right side up?!) by the good news of Jesus, while stories of one household coming to faith are also celebrated.  The God of the vast harvest fields, is also the gardener…