Oct
23
2013

Make Your Church Magnetic

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Over the last few months it seems as though I have had more conversations about creating an environment that welcomes the spiritually unresolved than anything else. Between you and me, I love helping churches think through how to create a more welcoming culture. This is why I am so excited about today’s Ministry Briefing Conversation. I don’t know of a church on the face of the planet that doesn’t want to be a place where the […]

Oct
21
2013

Shifting Baseline Syndrome and the Church

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Last week the Harvard Business Review Ideacast taught me a new term: shifting baseline syndrome. In a conversation about how corporate cultures change, the idea of the shifting baseline syndrome was borrowed from the world of ecology. The term was first introduced to the world by Daniel Pauly, a French marine biologist, to describe how we as humans react to the changes in our environment. In a nutshell, shifting baseline syndrome is defined this way: Shifting […]

Oct
16
2013

Forgiveness: Cheaper than Therapy

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This week’s Ministry Briefing Conversation is with Mykey Robinson, the author of Cheaper Than Therapy: How To Forgive and Overcome Anger, Anxiety, Fear and Stress. Mykey has spent years on church staff, working as a counselor, and serving in hospice settings, and through it all has learned a good bit about forgiveness, and how important it truly is. This conversation will be helpful for church leaders in two ways: Mykey shares some great insight on helping […]

Oct
11
2013

Is this REALLY Necessary?

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While putting together this week’s Ministry Briefing (oh by the way, we release them every Friday now!) I came across a story from the CNN Belief Blog about an advertising campaign recently launched by Answers in Genesis. The campaign consists of a series of billboards in New York, San Francisco, and LosAngeles much like those seen in the picture. The text of the message sends a pretty blatant message: To all of our atheist friends: Thank […]

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 […]

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