Mick Boersma

There Arose a King...

By Mick Boersma Mar. 10, 2014 10:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Missions

It should come as no surprise that in times of leadership change those being led get a bit jumpy. Maybe you are waiting to see who the new senior pastor will be – the one who will have a huge stake in your future as an associate staff member. Or you are witnessing a changing of the guard in your mission organization. My wife and I, along with many of our colleagues and friends, have experienced major changes in leadership in the last couple of years, both here at Talbot (new Dean) and at church (new senior pastor). Happily, our experiences have gone very well.

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A Leader's Heart, Part Two

By Mick Boersma Feb. 4, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, Old Testament

Nehemiah is one of the most heralded examples of leadership found in the scriptures. We have been focusing on his heart, and saw in Part One how he (1) cared enough to accurately assess the circumstances confronting his people; (2) was sensitive to the brokenness of his people; and (3) was focused continually on redeeming the lives of his people.

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A Leader's Heart, Part One

By Mick Boersma Feb. 3, 2014 9:30 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, Old Testament

Pastors have many roles.  They are teachers, evangelists, caregivers, guardians, and leaders.  Much is written about these areas of endeavor, but perhaps none as much as leadership.  Recently the Society of Human Resource Managers released figures from a global survey of corporations that revealed 57% of all of the organizations surveyed employ outside vendors to provide leadership training.  Companies know the great importance of good leadership.


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You Can't Go Back

By Mick Boersma Dec. 5, 2013 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

A couple years back my wife Rolane and I visited ten of our wonderful Midwest Talbot alumni.  What a joy to see them all thriving, finding God faithful, and knowing days of effective and challenging ministry.  While we were in the area, we took the opportunity to visit my hometown of Hospers, Iowa and spent a little time with my cousins living there.  Some of them I hadn’t been with in over 30 years - so long that we all wore nametags to keep from getting confused!

While I only spent the first seventeen years of my life on the farm, it played a significant role in who I am today.  In going back home, certain impressions left their mark on my mind and heart.  Let me elaborate ...

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Weeds in the Flower Bed

By Mick Boersma Oct. 2, 2012 3:23 p.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

After a Talbot chapel some time ago, in which we struggled with three or four 'glitches' in the program, my dear colleague Dennis Gaines leaned over and said to me, "I call these things weeds".  Yes, weeds...those little irritations that prevent our best efforts from being the gems of perfection we designed them to be. 

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Signs Of Life

By Mick Boersma Jul. 25, 2012 10:46 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership

     It started as I was picking up toys from a visit by our precious grandchildren.  Strewn about the living room, into the kitchen and out the back door was a dizzying array of colorful plastic pieces of everything from ‘Cootie’ to ‘Madeline’s Christmas Book and Doll Set’.  This scene had played out before – every time those five bundles of energy had ‘left the building’. 

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Something Dad Taught Me

By Mick Boersma Jun. 11, 2012 11:43 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

First it was a fishing boat.  Sixteen feet of aluminum, shining in the sun.  Always an avid angler, this would be his ultimate pleasure.  Later would come the shop full of woodworking tools.  Playing 'Hans the Woodcrafter' would provide hours of enjoyment during the frigid months of an Iowa winter.  I was too young to care, let alone figure out what motivated my dad to launch into these hobbies during my grade school years.  He was in his forties then, an old man by kid standards, and pursuing his life-long passion of farming.

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