Mark Harris

I have a passion to journey with leaders who long to be who God has made them to be and to do what God has created them to do. That passion flows from my own experience as a leader and from over 25 years of experience working with leaders in Africa. I am married and have 2 teenage boys. I serve as the Director of Community Life and Formation at East Mountain Capetown, South Africa. I hold a BS in Industrial Engineering, an M.Div in Christian Education, an M.A. in Spiritual Formation and a certificate in Spiritual Direction.

Living in Fear

I know what it means to live in fear.  Not the rational fear, produced by an imminent and visible danger, like when a poisonous serpent slithers up the path in our direction.  We recognize that fear easily enough.  Then, we evaluate.  We decide.  We act.   But, there is another fear.  One that lies under […]

The Wall and Spiritual Intimacy

 At some point, it happens to most of us who are involved in ministry.  We dig into the work, doing our best to faithfully follow the Lord.  Then one day, we look up and find ourselves feeling hopelessly distant from the God that we serve.     For me, it happened around 2009 after fifteen years of […]

What I Wish Every Church Knew

Webster’s dictionary defines radical as favoring extreme changes in existing views, habits, conditions or institutions.  When Jesus walked the earth, He walked as a radical.  .  He said things that made people uncomfortable.  He acted in ways that challenged the system, or at least, the common understanding of it.  He did it so much so, […]

Glorious Gifts

I don’t believe in coincidence. This morning I watched as a Red-knobbed Coot ate lily pads on the pond. Yesterday, beautiful yellow and purple flowers decorated her breakfast table, but today, all that remained were the tasty green leaves. Later, as I continued my walk, I beheld the wonder of a mother springbok standing guard […]

The Opening

Writing has always held great significance for me. I found in it an expression of my true self, even when I had no other expression. I struggled to speak of deep thoughts and emotions. Often, I had no awareness of them locked away deep inside, far from the eyes and ears of the world. Instead, […]