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Nov
19
2012

Maintaining Your Sense of Wonder

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Every year around this time my family engages in a tradition that started when I was in fifth grade: our yearly Thanksgiving week pilgrimage to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Each year My parents, my sister and her family, and Theresa and I pile into a beach front house for week of fishing, playing, and laughing. When I was growing up, this was a magical place, full of adventures to take part in, treasures […]

Nov
14
2012

Who Takes You to the Woodshed?

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Yesterday I had a hard conversation with two friends. Over the course the hour, they took me to the woodshed over a decision that I was making… or trying not to make. Throughout the course of my leadership journey, I have learned that one of the most important gifts that I have been given is a tight network of friends who will push me when I need to be pushed… even when I don’t like […]

Nov
13
2012

Creating Intentional Space

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I have a confession to make: I am highly distractable. Whether it is my cell phone, email, Facebook page, Twitter account, or any number of other things going on in my life, I can go from be focused on my work to being intrigued by underwater basket-weavers in Zimbabwe in no time. It is for this reason that I need to be intentional about creating space in my life that limits the amount of ways […]

Oct
18
2012

How Do YOU Define A Win?

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Two weeks ago, while at Catalyst, Andy Stanley rocked my world. Talking about how we define our “wins” in the ministry world, he shared that for North Point a win on Sunday morning is when an unchurched person shows up, is helped, and comes back next week with a friend. He went on to share that there are people who have an issue with that definition because it doesn’t include anything about people accepting Jesus, […]

Sep
16
2012

Elsewhere: Stop Asking the Wrong Question

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 Earlier this week I guest posted for Brian Dodd’s blog. If you don’t already read his blog, it is really worth investigating. Brian asked me to share on what I believe to be one of the biggest challenges in ministry: asking the wrong questions. A few weeks ago I was sitting in a gathering of local church leaders who were learning from one another. As one pastor shared about what his church was doing, and […]

Sep
13
2012

Leadership Synchroblog: Good Leaders Say No

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This week I am taking part in Evangelical Seminary’s Leadership Synchroblog event that is being conducted in support of their Master of Arts in Christian Leadership program. Contributors were asked to answer the question “what makes a good leader? The word no has gotten a bum rap. Over the course of our lives we have learned that no is a bad thing. We think that it means we don’t like people, that we are mean, or that we are […]

Sep
12
2012

Leadership Synchroblog: Good Leaders Set Culture

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This week I am taking part in Evangelical Seminary’s Leadership Synchroblog event that is being conducted in support of their Master of Arts in Christian Leadership program. Contributors were asked to answer the question “what makes a good leader? In November of 1996 I began working as a fish-cutter at NAFCO Wholesale Seafood. While this was not one of the more glamorous jobs I have held, I learned a great deal from my time there… and watched a masterful […]

Sep
11
2012

Leadership Synchroblog: Good Leaders Know Why

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This week I am taking part in Evangelical Seminary’s Leadership Synchroblog event that is being conducted in support of their Master of Arts in Christian Leadership program. Contributors were asked to answer the question “what makes a good leader?” Twelve years ago I had the opportunity to be a small part of a team that was doing incredible things for the Kingdom of God. We were seeing lives change, relationships restored, and people making decisions […]

Sep
10
2012

Leadership in the Garden: The Rhythm of Seasons

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Each spring I look forward to planting my vegetable garden.  It is a hobby of mine that helps me to unplug, and soak on what is going on around me.  I have found that as I spend my weekends playing in the dirt, God uses the time to teach me much about life and leadership.  This summer, I am writing about those lessons each Monday in a series I am calling Leadership in the Garden. As […]

Sep
4
2012

Jiro Dreams of Sushi… What are YOU Dreaming of?

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Jiro Ono is an eighty-something sushi chef who has been honing his skills for nearly seventy-five years. His restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, seats ten people and is located in a basement attached to the Ginza Subway station. Meals last between fifteen and thirty minutes and start at 30,000 yen ($385), for what is widely regarded as the best sushi in the world. Theresa and I recently watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a documentary about Jiro and his […]

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