Oct
9
2013

What Churches can Learn from Nuclear Subs

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Ok, so a nuclear submarine and a church don’t seem to have a whole awful lot in common… at first. Take a closer look, and you will find two complex organizations loaded with similar leadership challenges. While the mission of the local church is not to go around sinking enemy vessels (in case you were wondering), the need for church leadership to develop and maintain a healthy organizational culture focused on expanding God’s Kingdom is remarkably […]

Oct
7
2013

The One Sentence Job Description

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Friday afternoon, while at Catalyst, I heard Andy Stanley talk about the one-sentence job description. The concept has been bouncing around inside my head all weekend long, and I have to say I am quite taken by the concept. In a nutshell, the one sentence job description explains the essential purpose that you fill in your organization. Here are a few examples that Andy shared during his session: To inspire our staff and congregations to be […]

Oct
2
2013

10 Indispensible Practices of the 2-Minute Leader

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Over the last few years I have really enjoyed getting to know Brian Dodd. Brian loves the local church, and serves the church through his work at The Rocket Company and his blog, Brian Dodd on Leadership. I am really excited about Brian’s newest project, 10 Indispensible Practices of The 2-Minute Leader. In today’s Ministry Briefing Conversation Todd and I sit down with Brian to hear more about his new book, and the practices that […]

Oct
1
2013

What’s In October’s Ministry Briefing

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Two big things are happening today: I am headed down to Atlanta for Catalyst (I’d love to connect if you have some time! Click here to email me!) The October edition of Ministry Briefing is being released today. Here are three stories from the monthly edition of Ministry Briefing that have me thinking long and hard: One in Ten Children Cared for by Grandparents: At the start of the recession in 2007, the number of children living with […]

Sep
30
2013

Catalyst Bound this Week

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This week I am headed to Catalyst in Atlanta. I will be in town Wednesday through Friday night and would love to connect if you are there. Leave a comment on this post, or click here to email me and set something up!

Sep
26
2013

The Church Leader’s Most Important Tool

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The other day I heard Alton Brown talking about a recent interview he had been a part of. The interview went like this: Interviewer: What is the most important tool in the kitchen? Alton: The kitchen table. Alton then went on to explain how the interactions around the table are the reason for the meal and everything that goes into the meal. Without the kitchen table, it is all pointless. This has gotten me to […]

Sep
25
2013

Conversations: Todd Henry

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If you have read this blog for any length of time, you probably realize that I have a slight man-crush on Todd Henry. His book, The Accidental Creative, is one of my go to books when working with church leaders. Tomorrow Todd is releasing his second book, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day, which I am anticipating greatly. When Todd Rhoades and I were putting together a list of interviews that we wanted to […]

Sep
24
2013

Focusing on the Kingdom & Doing What We Can

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I spent this weekend with a small group of pastors that I have had the opportunity to coach, and Bob Roberts Jr. Bob is the Senior Pastor at Northwood Church and has written a ton of books on cultural engagement, and through Northwood is doing some incredible things across the world in the name of advancing the Kingdom (check out what Northwood is publicly doing in countries that are considered “closed”). As Bob shared the story of Northwood and how they have found […]

Sep
20
2013

Finance Friday: Is Your Non-Profit Status at Risk?

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This week’s Ministry Briefing highlights a story that Nonprofit Quarterly had about the revocation of 501(c)3 status that many organizations are facing. The most troubling part of the story is that many of the organizations that are at risk don’t even realize they are about to lose their status. The revocations mostly result from a failure to fulfill all filing requirements that the IRS demands from a non-profit, and to say that the IRS is taking […]

Sep
19
2013

Enjoying Who You Preach

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When I was growing up I thought one of the coolest jobs a person could have was to work at a bike shop. Where we lived, a bike was more than a rite of passage, it was necessary for one’s social development, and the only mode of transportation for pre-driver’s license long distance travel. During my high school years I worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Northern Central Railroad Trail, a former railroad […]

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