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Wednesday Nov 11, 2020
What makes us human beings among
other things is our inability to effectively and
efficiently read the unfolding of our times and
our seasons. Our short sightedness is oftentimes manifested
through our failure to adequately respond and
handle issues and experiences that catch us by surprise. 

UTCWI Appoints New Chairman
At it recent sitting, the Board of Governors of
the United Theological College of the West Indies
(UTCWI), appointed Dr. Beverley Pereira, as its Chairman for
the period 2020-2021. She holds the distinction of being the first
woman to hold this position since the founding of the College
in 1966.

LEADERSHIP CORNER-What’s the Purpose of Pastors?
The Bible knows nothing of lone Christians, of believers who are
willfully independent from a local church. Rather, Christians gather
in communities to worship together and serve one another. And as God
commands his people to gather in community, he also commands them
to be led—led by men called and qualified as pastors or elders (terms the
Bible uses interchangeably). As we progress through a series of questions
about things we as Christians often take for granted, we now come to the
question of church leadership and ask, “What’s the purpose of pastors?”

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Wednesday Nov 04, 2020
In the midst of the pandemic, we are
even more so called to bear witness to Christ
and His redeeming love for all of humanity.
Psalm 34:1-10,22 is known as the Benedicam Dominum –
I will always bless the Lord
We offer prayers for persons confirmed positive
and express condolence for the with the families of
the persons who have died as a result of COVID-19

LEADERSHIP CORNER - The Church Leader’s Brain in the COVID Crisis: 5 Tips
Church leaders today are scrambling to find creative, innovative, and workable strategies,
plans, and ideas to minister in our Covid crisis. I appreciate the plethora
of blogs, podcasts, video-casts, and seminars offered to help us respond
well. However, there is a fundamental process that precedes 100% of all ideas.
And what is that process? Thinking. 

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Wednesday Oct 28, 2020
A cross the world approximately 80
million Christians belonging to the World
Communion of Reformed Churches on
Sunday October 26 paused to remember,
reflect and celebrate the Reformation.
While the process of the reformation started long
before Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 theses on
the Wittenberg church door in Germany, his theses ignited a revolution
that lead to the reforming of the Church then that continues to this very day.

LEADERSHIP CORNER -9 Evidences That Popularity and Fame Are
Getting the Best of You

I write to my own heart
first today. I can easily fall
into the trap of ego, and I
can just as easily long for more
recognition. I try to monitor
my heart, but my heart can be
deceitful at times. Maybe these
characteristics I watch for in
my own life will challenge you
as well:

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Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
This COVID-19 pandemic has forced us into difficult decisions
and actions which have removed from our lives and living the notion of 
normality. So some of us wrestle with the difficult
task of self-or stateimposed quarantine. These are not normal
times. Many of us long for normality to return, for access to our sources of
comfort, entertainment,social interaction and inspiration. All of us long
for the day when this COVID-19 pandemic will breathe its last.

LEADERSHIP CORNER- Jesus: The Role Model for Christian Leadership
What is Servant Leadership? It is the focus on the growth of the
individual, that they might flourish and achieve their full potential and
not primarily the growth and potential of the organization, that
distinguishes servant leadership from other leadership styles. The
primary concern of the servant leader is service to their followers.
In the secular business schools, it was Robert Greenleaf who, in the
early 1970s, proposed the servant leader model. However, the concept
of a servant leader is not such a modern concept, but can be found in the
biblical account of the life of Jesus Christ. By examining His model,
we can identify a Christcentred, Christ-like servant leadership style
that works for Christians who lead people in any situation.

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A Tribute To A Dynamic Man Of Faith

Wednesday Oct 14, 2020
In a seasn when the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
is resolute in its efforts to assert anew the theological principle of the priesthood
of all believers, the life and witness of the late Rev. Keith Livingstone Gordon bears
indisputable testimony to the efficacy of this principle.

LEADERSHIP CORNER- Defining Leadership: What Is It and Why Does It Matter in Church?
"Great men lead people", Bill Bright of Campus Crusdae for Christ said. "But greater men train leaders"

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Emerging from the Pandemic Stronger and More Resilient

Wednesday Oct 07, 2020
“Imagine with me that the Coronavirus pandemic is
over. A suitable vaccine has been developed.
It has been equitably distributed throughout the
nations, and our lives are back to normal. In what
state do you wish to be, then, when it is over
– the storm has passed, the winds have subsided and
the earth is dry?

LEADERSHIP CORNER- Adding Value to Your Team
Leadership is a complicated and difficult skill, one
that no single person ever masters. There are
some things I do well as a leader and some I do poorly. I’m sure it is
the same for you. Even the greatest leaders from history had blind
spots and weak areas.

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Rev. Dr. Margaret Fowler’s Library Handed Over to the IUC

Wednesday Sep 30, 2020
A tangible expression of far-reaching
contribution to the building of communities
and the wider society, the library of the late Rev. Dr.
Margaret Fowler was handed over to the
UCJCI’s International University of the Caribbean on August 26, 2020. 

Leadership Corner-Leaders Are Needed at Every Level of the Organization 

The difference between two equally talented teams is
leadership. Leadership is what makes the difference at every
level of the organization. Everything rises and falls on leadership. It
really does. If you don’t believe it, just put together a group of people
without a leader, and watch them. They will drift. When there is no
good leader on a team, in a department, at the top of an organization,
or heading a family, then the following results are inevitable.

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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
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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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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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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