Before introducing myself, let me share with you the purpose of this blog. Christian Leadership Reflections is a discussion about the practice of leadership: personal, team, and organizational, with a little board leadership (governance) thrown in. I also write about leadership outside of our organizations, which I call Community Leadership. I am very interested in applying Christian faith to leadership practices and how being part of a community of faith affects the way we lead Christian ministries. (You can read about my journey to Christian faith here.)

Part of my work responsibility is to develop material to help ministries with leadership and governance issues. So, I’ll test ideas out here and get your reactions. I’ll share what I am learning here as well. I  hope that together we will grow to become great Christian leaders.

How often should you look for new posts from me? Generally I write one post a week, and usually post it Monday mornings.

Now about me

I joined the Canadian Centre for Christian Charities in September 2003 and became Chief Executive Officer a few weeks later. CCCC is an association of more than 3,000 Christian ministries that provides assistance for their support and leadership functions including advice, training, and services such as group benefits and pension plans.


The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada ordained me into Christian ministry in 2007. I have served as a pastor, but my primary call (with the support of the PAOC) is to serve the broader church.


I’m something of a professional student. I love to learn! Over the years I have earned several degrees:

B.B.A. Bachelor of Business Administration. 1980.
Wilfrid Laurier University.

M.B.A. Master of Business Administration. 1985.
Wilfrid Laurier University.

M.Div. Master of Divinity (Biblical Studies & Spiritual Formation). 2004.
Tyndale Seminary.

D.Min. Doctor of Ministry (Christian Leadership). 2008.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Open Enrollment Courses

Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.  2009.  Harvard Business School.

Governing for Nonprofit Excellence. 2012. Harvard Business School

NFP Governance Essentials Program. 2014. Rotman School of Management

Scaling for Social Impact. 2014. Stanford University Nonprofit Institute

Financial Literacy Program. 2015. Rotman School of Management Executive Programs


Serving as a Board Member (DVD): Practical guidance for directors of Christian ministries. 2011

The Church At Work – A manual for excellent church-agency relations. 2012

Serving as a Board Member – Practical guidance for directors of Christian ministries. 2012

Stewardship Handbook for Christian Ministries Vol 1: Essential Canadian resources for stewardship, development, and fundraising. 3 chapters. 2012

Stewardship Handbook for Christian Ministries Vol 2: Essential Canadian resources for stewardship, development, and fundraising. 2 chapters. 2013

theStory. 14 devotionals. 2013

Let’s Protect Our Children. 1 devotional. 2014

The Board’s Most Important Relationship (DVD):. 2015

The General Who Made Canada. Salvation Army Faith & Friends magazine. April 2017

“The Public Benefit of ‘Advancing Religion’ as a Charitable Purpose: A Canadian Perspective,” a chapter in The Status of Religion and the Public Benefit in Charity Law. 2020

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An exploration of Christian ministry leadership led by CCCC's CEO John Pellowe