What I Failed To Do During My Crisis Moment

A pastor lives from crisis to crisis, and some of them are his own.

Many leaders are adept at taking care of others’ problem, except that of their own.

I plead guilty to that.

I am full of wisdom in giving counsel to others, but develop brain freeze when figuring out solutions or simple steps to navigate my own way out of a haze. Continue reading

Yes and No

Life is not reduced to simple yes and no answers. Life is more complex and complicated than that.

Same with people. There is good and bad in each and every one of us. It’s not a simple “do you like him or not?” or “do you like her or not?” The right answer is, “there are things I like about him, and there are things I don’t like also.” Continue reading

Leadership Lessons from King Chef

Our church, Horizon, is privileged to partner with King Chef Seafood, one of the finest Chinese restaurants in Metro Manila, in feeding spiritual food to their great service people. My able and hardworking colleague, Pastor Mike Bulanadi holds a Bible study every Friday afternoon at their Lucky Chinatown Mall location in downtown Manila.

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Ode to the Small

I was humiliated today by a small person.

Don’t worry about me. I’m good. As a matter of fact, I’m feeling better. Even if I don’t deserve it.

You see, I’m this “busy” Senior Pastor of a growing church, and my time is precious.  I try not to waste a minute of it.

Then a friend of mine asked me a favor. Knowing how busy and “important” a person I am, he was very apologetic in approaching me. He told me that a person very important to him was needing some encouragement, and if I could actually text this person an uplifting message.

I said sure. I did and it didn’t even cost me more than five minutes to do so.

Then my “humiliation” began. Continue reading

Advise for Young Leaders

I’m not exactly an “old” person nor leader. Some people still consider me young at the age of 42. But I do have 20 plus years of experience in leading the same church that has grown from 35 at the start to its present size of around 500.

I am in the “in between” season of my life – young enough to still be hungry, idealistic, and feeling amateurish at times; yet experienced enough to speak with credibility especially to people half my age.

So allow me to speak to leaders under 30 years of age. Continue reading

Why “First Choice” Is Not Always the Right Choice!

During President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 25, he jokingly told the Senators and Congressmen present, “when I started running, basically no Congressmen supported me. But now, practically everybody supports me.”

The President, of course, was just teasing them. His point was that he was not their “first choice.” Continue reading