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DEALING WITH DOUBTS AND FEARS

Wednesday Sep 23, 2020
 
“My sisters and brothers, I think of all that
is going on around us, locally and globally;
the increased rates of COVID-19 infections and
related deaths here in Jamaica; the implications for
our health sector; the new restrictions as we try to
minimise the spread of the virus; the negative impact
the crisis is having on life in community and our
economy.
LEADERSHIP CORNER -Good Leaders in the Middle Make Better Leaders at the Top
In places where the top leaders try to keep everyone else
down, the overall leadership is usually pretty poor. Why?
Because when all the power is at the top and there are no leaders in
the middle to help them, the top leaders cannot lead very effectively.
Good leaders anywhere in an organization make better leaders at
the top—and make for a much better organization overall.

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UCJCI CARE PACKAGES DISTRIBUTION

Wednesday Sep 16, 2020
 
Through a kind donation from the Presbyterian Church USA
(PCUSA) in collaboration with the Caribbean and North America Council 
for Mission (CANACOM), the United Church in Jamaica and
the Cayman Islands (UCJCI) received funds in
a COVID-19 response to the needs of the poor and
vulnerable, and in particular those who have been
dislocated by the ravaging effects of the crisis.

LEADERSHIP CORNER -Leading Successfully at One Level Is a Qualifier for Leading at the Next Level
Growing organizations are always looking for
good people to step up to the next level and
lead. How do they find out if a person is qualified to make that
jump? By looking at that person’s track record in his or her current
position. The key to moving up as an emerging leader is to focus on
leading well where you are, not moving up the ladder. If you are a
good leader where you are, I believe you will be given an opportunity to
lead at a higher level.

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GIANTS OF THE CHURCH AND OF THE FAITH

Wednesday Sep 09, 2020
 
Ivan Adolphus Burnett, went home to be with the Lord on August 30, 2020.
Throughout his working career in Jamaica, Ivan worked for many years as a life insurance agent. 
His entrepreneurial spirit led to his ownership of several businesses.
Trevel Burnett, Ivan’s wife of 64 years, predeceased him on August
20, 2020. 

LEADERSHIP CORNER -5 Ways Churches Would Have Changed
One Year From Now

I am not prophetic. And if I am prescient, it’s only because I have the incredible
vantage point of hearing from tens of thousands of church
leaders at churches every year. While it is admittedly difficult to
project trends in typical times, it is exceedingly difficult to do so
in a time of pandemic headed for, hopefully, a post-quarantine
era. Because we hear from so many church leaders and church
members, allow me to venture where local churches will be in
one year.

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UCYAAM E-Conference Inspires, Equips for Service

Wednesday Aug 26, 2020
 
The inaugural econference of the
United Church Young Adults Action Movement
(UCYAAM) was held from August 13-16, 2020
via the Zoom platform, and what a stirring and
inspiring occasion it was for the UCYAAMers!

LEADERSHIP CORNER -Expand Your Circle of Acquaintances
It’s always easier to stay within environments where we are
comfortable and secure. In fact, that’s what most people do.
They avoid change and remain where it’s safe. But you can’t grow
and avoid change at the same time. If you want to expand your influence,
you have to expand your circle of acquaintances.

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Stewardship and the Disciple

Wednesday Aug 19, 2020
 
“For me, it is a beautiful thought that we
have the opportunity to be disciples of, and
stewards for, the creator and owner of this earth.
Psalm 24:1 reminds us of that: “The earth is the
Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world, and they
that dwell therein.”
LEADERSHIP CORNER - The Leader’s Daily Dozen (Part 3)
If you’re willing to work at making your organization a
place where leaders lead and do it well, you’ll need to shift
your focus from leading the people, finding leaders, developing leaders,
empowering the leaders while they lead the organization, to serving the
leaders as they lead the organization. If you’re ready to revolutionize your
organization, then start the process by adopting what I call the
“Leader’s Daily Dozen”. Every morning when you get up and get
ready to lead your organization, make a commitment to these powerunleashing activities.

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The Value of Giving

Wednesday Aug 12, 2020
 
“ For many people, giving represents an appeal to
altruistic feelings. We give because it’s the human
thing to do. If others are in need, our duty is to ‘help
out’ where we can. But also, many see giving as a necessary outpouring of their excess. “I have more than I need,
so I should share.” While those two motivations might be reasonable,
the letter from Paul to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 8:1-15) speaks about giving
in a way that challenges some commonly held assumptions.

LEADERSHIP CORNER- The Leader’s Daily Dozen (Part 2)
(This article continues from last week’s
Issue of the UCJCI Update.)

If you’re willing to work at making your organization a
place where leaders lead and do it well, you’ll need to shift your
focus from leading the people, finding leaders, developing leaders,
empowering the leaders while they lead the organization, to serving the
leaders as they lead the organization.

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Webster Memorial Says “Thanks” to the Champions of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday Aug 05, 2020
 
On July 19, 2020,Webster Memorial United Church ( Kingston,Jamaica)
commemorated a day to affirm and thank the first 
responders to the COVID19 pandemic, those they
regarded as, “The Healers of the Nation”.

LEADERSHIP CORNER- The Leader’s Daily Dozen (Part 1)
If you’re willing to work at making your organization a
place where leaders lead and do it well, you’ll need to shift your
focus from leading the people, finding leaders, developing leaders,
empowering the leaders while they lead the organization, to serving the
leaders as they lead the organization.

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A Righteous “Root” is Celebrated!

Wednesday Jul 29, 2020
 
A righteous “root” and a passionate
“plant” from God’s vineyard, the life and ministry of the Honourable
Rev. Ashley Alexander Smith, OJ, CD, JP was celebrated on July 24, 2020
by the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

LEADERSHIP CORNER -Be Better Tomorrow Than You Are Today
I’ve met a lot of people who have destination disease. They
think that they have “arrived” by obtaining a specific position or
getting to a certain level in an organization. When they get to that
desired place, they stop striving to grow or improve. What a waste of
potential!

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Reaping What We Sow

Wednesday Jul 22, 2020
 


'We reap what we sow'. Most of us have heard this saying from ‘our eyes were at our knees,’
from our parents, guardians, teachers and the like when we deviated or not from the acceptable path
outlined by the bible. Yet, given our knowledge and experiences since then, can we truly say that the saying holds for all people? Is
it a truism for this life or the life to come? What have we sown to produce the COVID-19 pandemic? 
LEADERSHIP CORNER -Know When to Push and When to Back Off
Timing is critically important to leadership. To be successful, you have
to know when to push and when to back off. It’s wise to
wait for the right moment to speak up. A great idea at the wrong time
will be received just the same as a bad idea. Of course, there are times
when you must speak up, even if the timing doesn’t seem ideal. The trick
is knowing which is which.

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Our Responsibility as Stewards

Wednesday Jul 15, 2020
 

The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, during
this, the third Quarter of the year, will be focusing
o n t h e t h e m e ,“Stewardship and the Disciple.” And if I were to
ask what is stewardship, the first thing that would
probably come to mind is, “Tithes and Offerings”.
Yes, returning our tithes and offerings is part of our stewardship responsibility, but I want to
suggest that the stewardship concern goes way beyond tithes and offerings.

LEADERSHIP CORNER -See Everyone As a “10”
Who is your favourite teacher of all time? What made that teacher different? Was it
subject knowledge? Was it teaching technique? Though your teacher may have
possessed great knowledge and mastered outstanding technique, I’m willing to bet that what separated that
teacher from all of the others was his or her belief in you. That teacher probably saw you as a 10. 

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