Posted on Mar 6th, 2014 | 0 comments
For the last twenty to thirty years church leaders have heard about the importance of vision.
We have gone to conferences about vision, lectured on vision, and encouraged our congregations to buy into vision for years. While many times all a church needs is a clearer understanding of their vision, many times vision just isn’t enough. There is something missing: a healthy church culture.
Let’s be brutally honest: an unhealthy church culture will eat your church’s vision for lunch.
Enter Sam Chand.
Sam’s book Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code goes after that piece that eludes us: church...
Posted on Mar 5th, 2014 | 2 comments
If you’re using the same communication methods, technology, music, delivery style, and format that you did five years ago… you’re nuts.
In fact, if you’re not constantly changing the way you communicate the gospel to people in your community, you’re in big, big trouble.
Here’s a case in point. In 1984, kids were asked to explain computers on Sesame Street. (Mind you… in 1984 I was a sophomore in college). Here’s what they said:
Fast forward 30 years. Now watch this from 2014:
In just 30 years, we’ve watched a generation totally evolve in...
Posted on Mar 3rd, 2014 | 0 comments
According to the Harvard Business Review (and they HAVE to be right because they’re WAY smarter than I’ll ever be) there are three main reasons why we procrastinate:
1. We put things off because we’re afraid we’ll screw them up
2. We put things off because we simply don’t feel like doing them
3. We put things off because it’s hard, boring, or otherwise unpleasant.
OK… that sounds about right. But how to we break through our own procrastinational (is that a word?) tendencies?
(I need this today… I have a to-do list with WAY too many items on…...
Posted on Mar 3rd, 2014 | 0 comments
Leaders are a funny bunch.
They come in all shapes and sizes. And temperaments.
And according to that temperament, many leaders don’t have a good view of how they are leading.
Some tend to overestimate how they’re leading… that things are going great, when, in reality, they’re not.
Others tend to underestimate how they’re leading… that things are going horribly, when, in fact, they’re actually going pretty good.
Carey Nieuwhof suggests that if you think you’re doing better than you are, you’ll be the last person to realize you need to improve. And...
Posted on Feb 26th, 2014 | 1 comment
Those of you who read my blog here regularly know that sometimes I like to poke a little fun at Pat Robertson… not because I don’t like Pat Robertson… but because he says some goofy things sometimes (or at least presents some things very differently than I would).
Sometimes I agree with him. Sometimes I don’t.
(And for the record, I’d love to sit down and have coffee with Pat some morning… even though I don’t like coffee. Pat has done some incredible things in his life, and I’ve to pick his brain a little. So, Pat… have your people call my...
Posted on Feb 25th, 2014 | 0 comments
This invention from Coca Cola could really help the productivity of your next staff meeting.
Heck… maybe you could get everyone to just leave them on for the day. Just think of the type of ministry that could get done!
Posted on Feb 24th, 2014 | 7 comments
You would think that Jay Leno had it made.
He was the King of late night television. He was (on most nights) crushing the competition. Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel would have LOVED to have the ratings that Jay Leno enjoyed… right up until his departure last week.
But Leno was, by most accounts, forced out early by NBC. A new article/commentary at Mashable tells why: Jay Leno, while he was doing great in the traditional measures (nationwide TV audience in a given demographic) could not make the switch to the future (which included youtube, vine, twitter, facebook, and all the viral...
Posted on Feb 19th, 2014 | 0 comments
Today’s guest post is from Charles Arn. Charles shares insight from a recent life experience:
Date: October 18, 2013 (Friday)
Time: 02:35 p.m.
Place: California Urology Medical Clinic, Pomona California
“Dr. Arn…your biopsy came back positive. I’m afraid you have prostate cancer.”
I thought he must have been talking to someone else in the room. But we were alone…and the doctor was looking straight at me.
“Are you sure?” was all I could think of to say.
“Well, you are certainly welcome to get another opinion. But these biopsies are seldom wrong.”
Posted on Feb 18th, 2014 | 0 comments
Stressed out? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Good news—you’re not alone!
No one ever said life was going to be easy. Between financial struggles, marital issues, health scares, and the regular, run-of-the-mill problems of everyday life, it’s easy to feel weighed down and trapped by your circumstances. In times like these, it’s tempting to just throw in the towel and quit. Well, don’t do it!
Perry Noble has stood at the edge of the abyss himself, and in Overwhelmed, he shares the keys to unlocking the chains of anxiety and despair once and for all. Building on the premise that when we shift our focus...
Posted on Feb 17th, 2014 | 8 comments
In a new blog post this morning, author Donald Miller provides what he calls “Five Principles of Civil Dialogue” to help people when they have disagreements.
I’m still digesting these this morning… but I thought I’d throw them out to you all so we can contemplate together. See what you think. Here’s the short version:
1. The truth is not MY truth, it’s just truth.
Miller says it’s important to remember that your ideas not not really YOUR ideas. You got them from somewhere. Chances are, you’re not the first person in the world to think the...