If Servanthood is the Antidote, What is the Problem?

When it comes to leadership, Jesus made it clear that Christian leaders are not meant to lord it over the people they lead, but rather to be servant leaders.  “Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials […]

Financial Transparency—Your Protection

A YWAM leader from a thriving base and ministry visited us in Harpenden many years ago.  After initial greetings, the next thing he said was “Lynn, how much money do you need to do everything you have planned for this property?”  I explained that we had substantial long-term plans and it would run into many […]

Maturing Regarding Money

A Romanian saying goes like this: ” Money do not bring happiness, but they sure help getting it”. In other words, people think that money influence their happiness and their wellbeing. It’s not my purpose here to prove that every culture has embraced this concept. You can see it yourself in your own culture.   For […]

Misappropriated Standing

As an American in his mid-20’s, I grew up in the midst of what we can now see as the swelling of great social polarization in my country. I remember as clear as day the moment Barack Obama was elected president. My father turned to me and said “The future of this country is ruined; you […]

How to walk hand in hand when you don’t see eye to eye

Last year I wrote in my blog peaceroads.com about Faith and politics at the dinner table. When recently asked by the ELLC conveners to write for this month’s Media Wise topic, I scrolled through my posts and realised that in February 2020 I had already written some of the things I would still say today. […]

YWAM 3.0 – “A fresh model of YWAM Community”

For many years, I have been a “normal” YWAM staff. I lived on a normal campus and worked in normal campus structures. Normal YWAM life: In the morning, you go to the meeting rooms or office, and depending on your ministry, you work – sometimes more or sometimes less- hours on the campus. For outreaches, […]

Fostering Community in Leadership Teams

“Team-work makes the dream work” is a well-known expression. For us in YWAM it is much more than that, teams define who we are. Our values state that we are to operate in teams and if we drift away from that we are moving away from the movement we are a part of.  However, for […]

Investing in Others Through Mentoring

A life of pioneering My name is Heddy de Visser Beckmann. I have been in YWAM 47 years and have pioneered many different ministries like King’s Kids, a ministry among the prostitutes in Brussels, outreach in our Muslim neighbourhood, a free pregnancy centre in Brussels, and YWAM Kerygma ministry in Belgium. I was part of the […]

Coaching Skills Transformed a Ministry (Mine!)

Intentionally living out a few basic coaching principles changed the way I do just about everything…the way I preach, train, converse and even relate to others. What are these transforming principles? You can skip to the end of this article to find out, but I think you will appreciate a little of the back-story… At […]