The Perils of Leadership Lock-in
Oct30

The Perils of Leadership Lock-in

Leadership “lock-in” (a term I first heard from Seth Godin) is a condition in which leadership believes people are “locked in” to their product, church, political party, etc. It’s a common leadership mistake, but a deadly one that befalls most churches in decline. Perhaps they are the only viable option within their denomination or the only church in the city. Perhaps they feel they have the most vibrant...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 66
Feb01

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 66

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: The Super Bowl has taken on the role of national holiday. Some churches are quite freaked out by the Super Bowl’s mushrooming prominence. What’s the church’s response to this? Let’s think like missionaries. We should embrace it in an appropriate way…and grab some chips and queso. I doubt Latin American missionaries get far by railing against the World...

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Don’t Be “Real” or “Serious”
Jan14

Don’t Be “Real” or “Serious”

One enemy of things creative, relevant, and breakthrough is they often come from those considered not to be “real” or “serious” at this or that. Seth Godin writes: As in, “that’s not a real football team, they don’t play in Division 1″ or “That stock isn’t traded on a real exchange” or “Your degree isn’t from a real school.” Real contains all sorts of...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 43

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: Say it ain’t so, Lance. Lance Armstrong dropped his appeals of the U.S. doping agency’s charges, thus allowing them to strip him of all of his Tour de France titles. In addition, he’ll be banned from cycling forever. He still maintains innocence. It kills me to say it, but, “Come on, Lance.” You’ve done a good thing with Live Strong, but you have...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness
Dec02

Friday Stream of Consciousness

Here are some things I’m thinking about this Friday morning. This coming week I’m spending uninterrupted time doing some writing and doing long-range strategic planning–including sermon planning for 2012. I haven’t done this since 2009, and it’s shown. Every minister should do this at least once a year. Every church should ask their minister to do it at least once a year. Today is the one-year anniversary...

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