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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

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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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School Was Not Out at Pringle Home for Children!!

Wednesday Jul 08, 2020
At the time that physical school attendance was not allowed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,
the UCJCI’s Pringle Home for Children, located in Carron Hall, St Mary, with twenty-one (21) residents, engaged
the girls educationally in creative and inspiring ways! School was definitely not out! The leadership of the Home
started a new routine, wherein after breakfast was served and the dining hall cleared, tables and chairs were
carefully pushed aside, and the girls moved to TVJ’s “Jamaica Moves” broadcast. Following the cool down session, they
went right back into school action with notebooks and pencils in hand! 

LEADERSHIP CORNER -Do More Than Manage—Lead!
Managers work with processes—leaders work with people. Both are necessary to
make an organization run smoothly, but they have different functions. To understand what I mean, think
about some of the things that must happen on a military ship for it to function properly. The ship must be
navigated, fuelled, and supplied. It has various weapons systems that must be kept in good working order.
The routine maintenance on a ship is endless, and there are dozens of processes related to the personnel onboard the ship.

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Out of Weakness, Made Strong

Wednesday Jul 01, 2020
“ Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing, and one of them shall not
fall on the ground without your Father? But the very hairs of your head are all
numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows".
(Matthew 10:29-31). 
Do you feel overwhelmed by the news of the day? Has your
life been thrown into a tailspin by the circumstances? Are you worried, fearful, apprehensive about the future?
Are you wondering: When will this situation end?

LEADERSHIP CORNER-Invest in Relational Chemistry
All good leadership is based on relationships. People won’t go
along with you if they can’t get along with you. It is the 
leader’s job to connect with the people they lead. The reality is that
some leaders do little to connect with the people they lead. As a leader, you must take it upon yourself to
connect, not only with the people you lead, but also with the person who leads you. 

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“Let Down Your Nets for a Catch”

Wednesday Jun 24, 2020
“ In Luke 5:1-6, we read of the miraculous catch of fish (after the disciples had toiled all night and caught nothing). I noticed a few lessons from this story that
can help (us) as we face the challenges of life. Be faithful in our duties. Though disappointed, Peter kept working. He was faithful and diligent in his duty, washing the nets to be ready
for the next trip out, most likely the following night. 

LEADERSHIP CORNER -Become a Go-To Player

If you found yourself in a situation at work where you were on a deadline and trying to finish a project that
was critical for the success of the organization, and then suddenly, with almost no time left, you were
handed another critical task that had to be completed at the same time, what would you do? In this
case, let’s assume that delaying the deadline beyond today was not a possibility. It’s do or die. How do
you respond?  If you’re like most good leaders, you hand one of the tasks to a go-to player.

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“Let Nothing Be Wasted”

Wednesday Jun 17, 2020
“ Jesus said, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted”. If anyone understands the current challenges of our
lives and land, it is Jesus. This well-known story in St. John 6 shows a very high point in Jesus’ ministry. People were following
him in great numbers, latching on to his manifesto. But in this story, we see a predicament. Jesus’ budget can’t meet the
demands. The people come in droves; they have needs, but the resources available cannot meet the needs. Isn’t that what Phillip says?
“Eight months of wages would not be enough to feed this crowd”.
LEADERSHIP CORNER- Transfer the Vision
Let’s say that you’re doing a good job leading effectively. You’re modelling the way. You’re developing relationships with
your people and building them up. You’ve trained them. You’re developing them and plan to continue doing so. Now what do you do? You aim at
the bull’s-eye. In the area of leadership, that means transferring the vision. If you are the leader at the top of theorganization, you will be transferring
your own vision. If you are a leader in the middle of the organization, you will be transferring what is primarily the vision of others.

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Wednesday Jun 10, 2020
“ We are living in the midst of a contagious virus—one which has impacted almost every
facet of our lives and living. Some things, like COVID-19, are contagious - the emotions of joy, laughter,
fear, anger and disappointment. The bible, through the book of the Psalter, identifies one contagious
principle - the principle of praise. My question is: Have you caught it?

LEADERSHIP CORNER- Let the Best Idea Win
If you desire to become a great leader, then you need to resist idea when it’s not the best idea. Why? Because good ideas are too important to the organization.
Harvey Firestone said, “Capital isn’t so important in business. Experience isn’t so important. You can get both of these. What is important is ideas. If you
have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn’t any limit to what you can do with your organization and your life.” Great organizations possess leaders
throughout the organization who produce great ideas. That is how they become great. The progress they make and the innovations they create don’t come down from on
high. Their creative sessions are not dominated by top-down leaders. Nor does every meeting become a kind of  wrestling match to see who can dominate everyone else. People come together as teams, peers work together, and they make progress because they want the best ideas to win. Leaders who help to surface good ideas are creating what an organization needs most.

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