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Mar
20
2013

Ministry Toolbox: Boomerang for Gmail

Ready to work

Email is messy. I have had a love hate relationship with email for years. One one hand it is a fabulous tool for quickly communicating with team members, while on the other hand it can be frustrating trying to remember who has seen what, who has replied to what, and who you are waiting to hear back from. The arrival of Gmail helped to better organize email communications, by gathering messages into a conversational grouping, […]

Mar
6
2013

Ministry Toolbox: Churchscan Inventory

Ready to work

Over the last eight years I have had the privilege of getting to know the team at Blessing Point Ministries. Ken Quick, Mark Barnard, and the rest of the Blessing Point team have a phenomenal ministry that serves hurting churches, and helps to mend the tapestry of church life. If you have served on a church staff, or in ministry at any level, for more than three days, you know how quickly rips and tears can unravel a […]

Mar
4
2013

Leaders are Readers

too many books

Bill Hybels is fond of saying that “leaders are readers.” I think we all instinctively know that this is true, and recognize our need to be constantly learning how to be better leaders. At the same time, ministry leaders are constantly in a time crunch as we lead meetings, meet with church members, preach, and care for our family. Add to that the sheer volume of content that is at our disposal, and it can be difficult […]

Feb
6
2013

Ministry Toolbox: The Old-Fashioned Calendar

Ready to work

I don’t know how it has happened, but 2013 seems to be flying by to me. Between managing volunteer teams doing Sandy Relief work here on Long Island, launching several new coaching cohorts, new business partnerships, and making Ministry Briefing happen, January has disappeared, and February is in full swing. It is seasons like these that I am grateful for my calendar. I realize that statement may sound goofy, but I did not always feel this […]

Feb
4
2013

Just Released: Ministry Briefing… The Book!

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In January, my friend Todd Rhoades and I launched a project known as Ministry Briefing. Over the last few years Todd and I have noticed an increase in the amount of noise that ministry leaders are faced with on a daily basis. Whether it comes from social media, the radio, television, books, or the newspaper (do they still have them?), we are inundated with information everywhere we turn. When we first started kicking around the […]

Jan
21
2013

Four Months After Sandy

Abandoned Desert Church

This weekend I had the priviledge of hosting three different work teams, working with three different organizations: WeBuild New York, Grace In Sandy, and The Mastic-Shirley COAD. Hurricane Sandy is no longer a national news story, and many people on Long Island have gone back to their normal, pre-storm, lives. But there are many, many people who are still hurting, and there are great needs that are even now beginning to surface. This weekend I […]

Jan
2
2013

Where We Have Been, Where We Are Headed

2013

I don’t know about you, but last few weeks are a complete blur to me.  Much has happened and it almost seems as if the end of the Christmas and New Years seasons are a relief… allowing me to get back to a normal pace. I am also excited for the start of the year, as I am diving into a few new projects that are pretty exciting to me. Let me share a little […]

Dec
21
2012

The Filter for December 21

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This week Todd Rhoades and I talk the end of the world, Newtown Connecticut, Westboro Baptist, and how the church deals with all the craziness:   Show Notes: Some believe Friday is doomsday on the Mayan calendar; the Mayans don’t (0:21) Newtown: (3:45) My Take: Six things I don’t want to hear after the Sandy Hook massacre Making Sense of That Which Makes No Sense National Cathedral dean: Let’s ‘mobilize the faith community for gun control’ […]

Dec
14
2012

The Filter for December 14

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The second to last old format edition of The Filter. This week Todd and I talk crazy weather as the harbinger of the apocalypse, proof of the flood, pastors who rape and steal, and how trustworthy do people think pastors really are? Check it out: Show Notes Survey: One in three Americans see extreme weather as a sign of biblical end times (0:30) Finally… a ‘pay to speak at’ conference… You in? (4:45) Churches uses live Nativity displays […]

Dec
10
2012

The Filter for December 10

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The Filter is back for another week. Join Todd and I as we talk conflict in the church, Pat Robertson and Ken Hamm’s dust up, going to hell with Ted Haggard, sleeping with cell phones, and much much more. Big changes are coming for The Filter in the near future… and we are excited about what’s about to come. For the time being, grab a cup of coffee, a bagel, or your lunch and hang […]

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