Gleanings from this week’s news: Richard III, Boko Haram, leadership conferences, new bishop

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I thought Nick Baines put it really well in his BBC Thought for the Day on the reinterment of the remains of Richard III, villified by Shakespeare, and perhaps in need of mercy as much as we all are.

We need to continue praying for those persecuted as well as those who persecute. This in Christianity news was a fascinating insight into the life of those in northeast Nigeria affected by Boko Haram – fleeing and then serving those who flee.

I’ve hugely learnt from the wisdom of Bill Hybels. Earlier this week we met with European Willow Creek Leadership Summit (GLS) leaders and heard about some research they’ve done into the impact of these high-quality conferences on pastors and other leaders. Aside from inspiration, there are even “hard” team and skills outcomes too, it seems, and the Willow GLS homepage has a first taste of these figures. The leaders we met were great people, too – recommended!

Knowing Rachel Treweek and her work in London, I believe we have a new Bishop of Gloucester with a track record of gospel-centred ministry and leadership, who see concepts like “discipleship” and “leadership” and “church growth” as vital aspects of pastoral ministry alongside prayer and service.

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