Dec
2
2011

Finance Fridays: Churches and Healthcare Refunds

Refund Check

Bill O’Connell is the founder of Wisdom Over Wealth, an organization that serves churches and pastors through helping them get a better handle on their financial situation.  Whether it is helping a church planter understand how to keep their own financials, or helping a pastor understand just how the housing allowance affects his tax returns, Bill loves using his knowledge of the finance world to expand God’s Kingdom.  I am excited to have him share […]

Dec
1
2011

Ending a Ministry: Lessons from Seth Godin

Hand written "I Quit" on a greenboard

Earlier this week Seth Godin announced that the Domino Project has published its last book. Many people will think that this is odd considering that the project’s catalog of books have been widely popular, and incredibly helpful to those who read them… yet, Godin is shutting the project down. According to his blog, Seth set out to do some very specific things with the Domino Project, and intended it to be a short term endeavor.  Having […]

Nov
30
2011

Ministry Systems: Counting the Cost

building plans

Earlier this month, the Willow Creek Association Blog shared a story of a time of explosive growth at Willow Creek.  The post is entitled Explosive Growth Equals Dramatic Meltdowns, and talks about how tragically under-prepared the church was for the growth that it experienced.  Not enough parking, children’s ministry space that was standing room only, and other miscues led to a sense of failure in the success: Our excitement over all that new growth was quickly tempered by […]

Nov
29
2011

Leadership Reading List: The Secret of Teams

secret of teams

I am a fan of Chic-fil-A. Not only do they make a fantastic chicken sandwich, I love the culture that the company has created.  In an industry whose typical employee turnover is 107%, Chic-fil-A’s turnover is a whopping 60%.  The employees that I have experienced have always been pleasant… responding with “my pleasure” after I thank them, and genuinely seeming to enjoy their jobs.  Whether you eat chicken or not, you have to admit that […]

Nov
25
2011

Rest as Worship: The Irony of Black Friday

black friday

It has always seemed ironic to me how Black Friday works.  Hours after our yearly pause to remember how fortunate we are, the mob scene starts at retailers across the nation.  The lines begin while the left over turkey is still cooling in the refrigerator, and the crowds begin the rush for stuff before they have fully recovered from the Thanksgiving tryptofan coma. A while back I was listening to one of Andy Stanley’s sermons where he […]

Nov
24
2011

Rest as Worship: Thanksgiving

'Eat Ham' Turkey

Thanksgiving: the one official day each year where we stop and reflect on life and what we are thankful for.  TV and movies show us portray Thanksgiving with wildly dramatic speeches about what we are thankful for.  Often these speeches include the big things like our families and other loved ones… but Seth Caddell thinks that we ought to be remembering the little things as well. I tend to agree. This year I am thankful […]

Nov
23
2011

Rest as Worship: Am I a Blowfish?

blow fish

Yesterday was a fantastic day!  We spent the day on Ocracoke Island, the sun was shining, and we caught a bunch of fish… what could be better? Yesterday I wrote a little bit about why surf fishing is good for me, today I want to talk a little bit about what the Blowfish I caught yesterday has had me thinking about. The blowfish a goofy looking fish, with big buck teeth, and an overall appearance […]

Nov
22
2011

Rest as Worship: Fishing and My Soul

In the Hatteras surf

Growing up, fishing annoyed me.  I was never a patient kid, I always wanted to be doing something… but fishing involved a great deal of waiting.  What I wanted to be doing was catching. Fast forward a couple of decades and the vacation that I most look forward to every year involves a great deal of fishing.  I have come to cherish the time spent standing and waiting and, to be honest, there are times […]

Nov
21
2011

Rest as Worship: Playing Well

hatteras

As I type this I am overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Frisco, North Carolina.  Every year, since I was in fifth grade, my family has spent Thanksgiving week down on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  We come down here to get away from the grind, to fish, and to enjoy life together.  I come down here as an act of worship. This week I am going to do something a little different here.  Instead […]

Nov
18
2011

Finance Fridays: Maintain Your Focus

Focus

Jason McNeal had a post earlier this week that I believe is a great reminder for churches and non-profits during the year end giving season.  In this season it is easy to become so focused on properly making asks and delivering messages using language that our congregations (or donors for the non-profit community) will resonate with, that we lose sight of what it is that we are really called to be doing: make disciples. As […]

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