Jan
24
2011

Why I do what I do

wedding

On June 14, 2008 my life changed forever.  It was that day that I stood at the front of a church and waited to see Theresa walking towards me in a white dress.  As the sanctuary went quiet and the whole room waited with anticipation we all focused on one thing: the door that my bride to be was waiting behind.  The music started, the door opened and it happened… she took my breath away. […]

Jan
21
2011

What Exactly is a Launch Date?

rocket

In my current role I get to work with a great deal of church plants across the country.  This is one of the most fun parts of my job since I get to hear what God is up to all over the place.  Having planted a church I enjoy getting to hear the differences in strategy and philosophy of each church and getting to share some of my own experiences along the way. Over the […]

Jan
19
2011

The Ebb and Flow of a Worship Service

wood plane

One of my favorite parts of ministry is the crafting of worship gatherings. This may sound odd to some people, it is not often that the word craft is used in relation to church services, but if you stop and think about it I doubt that there is a better word. The dictionary defines the word craft as to make or manufacture (an object, objects, product, etc.) with skill and careful attention to detail… which […]

Jan
18
2011

Vision Driven Budgeting

road map

Yesterday I had the great honor to spend some time with a church that I have been able to serve through my work with Dime.  Over Indian food we spent several hours talking about the church’s vision and it’s goals for the coming year and how that should drive the church’s spending plan for the year.  We spoke about what the priorities for the church need to be and put in place the beginnings of […]

Jan
14
2011

Preventative Maintenance

neglect

Early in December we bought a new water heater.  This wasn’t something that we were excited about, it was just something that we had to do.  As the plumbers disconnected the old water heater they told us that we were making the change just in time.  The old unit was seventeen years old and was about to flood out our newly remodeled basement.  While we didn’t know the severity of the situation with our water […]

Jan
13
2011

Traffic in Leadership

traffic

Few things in life cause the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end as bad as a traffic jam.  Living on Long Island, traffic is a way of life… it is something that is planned around and it is something that impacts your life on a daily basis.  I have learned that getting from my home to the George Washington Bridge takes thirty minutes at 5:30 am or two hours if I […]

Jan
11
2011

Supporting Your Team or The Quietest Sushi Night Ever

sushi

Several years ago while working with middle schoolers in Atlanta we had a large event where we encouraged all of our students to bring their friends.  A typical Wednesday night gathering with this group would have 130 to 150 students worshiping and doing the goofy things that only middle schoolers do, but on this night we saw more than 320 students come out for a night of all out craziness.  As you can imagine our […]

Jan
10
2011

Stilling the Pendulum

pendulum

When better to talk about the pendulum effect than when we are seeing the beginning of a new congressional session… especially considering all the changes that have taken place as a result of the recent election.  With the dramatic shift of power in the House of Representatives there has been talk since November about policy reversals and repeals.  The pendulum in the House has begun its return swing.  Regardless of whether you believe this change […]

Jan
7
2011

Finance Fridays: Is Your Story This Compelling?

bill strickland

Bill Strickland tells an incredible story… it is no wonder that some many people support Manchester Craftsman Guild and the work that goes on there.  This is the video from a TED talk he gave a few years back: Is the story of your ministry as compelling as the story of the Manchester Craftsman Guild? Do the people who support your ministry get caught up in the story of what is going on in your […]

Jan
5
2011

What Can the Church Learn from the Blizzard of 2010

snowed in

The recent blizzard in New York City has led to some interesting developments. Turn on the radio and you heard complaining residents screaming about how poorly the city had handled snow removal. Seeing an opportunity the head of the sanitation workers union began a media blitz blaming the mayor’s budget cuts for the inability to properly handle snow removal. A day or two later reports began to trickle out saying that there was an orchestrated effort on the part of the union to sabotage removal efforts in order to gain a political edge.