Open Up the Kitchen
Nov26

Open Up the Kitchen

It takes a lot of trust for restaurants to let customers watch them make the food they serve. Theoretically, it builds trust and perhaps even impresses us to see them display their ingredients and craft. However, let me confess: there aren’t many places where it actually works: chop houses, wineries, and fancier places. Other places with which we are more familiar: the Subways and Chipotles of the world—it’s a mixed bag....

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The Importance of Bench Depth in Ministry
Jul23

The Importance of Bench Depth in Ministry

One way churches leave themselves vulnerable in ministry is neglecting “bench depth” development. Bench depth in ministry is similar to that in sports–have more than one player who can play any position. The same principle applies to plans: have a plan (three or four deep) in case something goes wrong. What would your church do, if: The electricity or air conditioning went out on Sunday morning. A key staff member...

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Three Low-Grade Fevers Of Ministry & How to Cure Them
Mar13

Three Low-Grade Fevers Of Ministry & How to Cure Them

Low-grade fever can make you sluggish, distracted, tired, and . Not completely. Just 10-20% more sluggish, distracted, tired, irritable. You notice it’s there, but you don’t take it seriously because you figure popping some Echinacea or a good night’s sleep will take care of it. Sometimes it does. Often it doesn’t. Sometimes a low-grade fever is the early sign of something serious. It says you are fighting...

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3 Simple Ways to Cultivate Leadership in Your Church
Feb27

3 Simple Ways to Cultivate Leadership in Your Church

Leadership cultivation is vital to the long-term health and growth of any church. Let’s define it: leadership development is having and executing some process for cultivating and growing gifts of leadership for the equipping of the Body for ministry. Most churches value the ” involvement ” of the Body. However, relatively few churches have a process for involving people in ways that match them well with a ministry....

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Are Mary and Martha Fighting Again?
Jan11

Are Mary and Martha Fighting Again?

Recently, it seems en vogue to diminish the role of the Sunday assembly in the name of supposedly more Kingdom-oriented things. If you’ll allow me to caricature a bit–some churches see themselves as revolutionary by canceling Sunday services and heading out into their communities to serve–where the church will actually do someone some good–rather than huddling together by themselves to serve themselves and yada...

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