Listen to These People
Jun05

Listen to These People

More than perhaps anything else, who we listen to will determine the trajectory of our ministry. If we listen to godly, wise, smart people who have our best interest and that of the Kingdom at heart, it will leaven our lives and ministries. If we listen to other kinds of people, we can expect a world of trouble. The story of Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, is a case in point. When the people come to Rehoboam upon Solomon’s death...

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Who Needs Accountability?
May15

Who Needs Accountability?

Everyone. However, we’ve really messed up this concept. We don’t hold people accountable in ways we should, and hold people “accountable” in counterproductive ways. Here are six ways to insure accountability is a blessing rather than too sparse or merely a different word for control. 1. Recognize and the “intrinsic” accountability already present–and align ministry there. For instance, when...

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No Fighting on Everest
Apr29

No Fighting on Everest

This weekend, I was struck by a news story reporting a fight near the top of Mount Everest between climbers and their Nepalese sherpas. A brawl at more than 25,000 feet, close to the summit (29,029 feet)? You’ve gotta be kidding me. I’ve hiked Mt. Whitney and know what conditions are like at around 14,500…and the thought of doing that on Mt. Everest is almost nauseating. Even worse, the thought of hikers brawling with the smartest,...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 76
Apr12

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 76

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: Would you rather have a cup of cheap, fresh coffee or overcooked, high-quality coffee. I’m going cheap and fresh. Burned Starbucks coffee tastes like I’m drinking the contents of a microwaved spittoon. KFC just started offering gravy as a dipping sauce. This is sheer brilliance. The world would be a better place if more restaurants offered a side of gravy with...

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Hire People You Like
Apr10

Hire People You Like

It isn’t enough to simply do what you’ve been asked to do. That’s a given. Ministry staff teams must be cohesive units that execute ministry’s calling. I’ve observed that some churches emphasize “getting the job done” without looking at how to get the job done in a way that reinforces other church objectives…like cultivating team chemistry or building godly character. There’s no...

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What Non-Believers are Really Looking For
Mar25

What Non-Believers are Really Looking For

What are non-believers really looking for when they attend your church? God. People don’t come to church looking for the best music. There is far better music outside the church. They don’t come looking for entertainment for their kids. Disney is much better at that. They don’t even come for motivational speaking–which they can get elsewhere. It’s God. Even when we think it’s the program, the music,...

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