What Avocados Teach Us About Leadership
Jul01

What Avocados Teach Us About Leadership

Some time ago, I spent some time with a long-time mentor. I was describing some leadership issues and asked for his advice. He cited a Latino farming proverb. I won’t try to say it in Spanish, I’ll just offer it’s meaning: “the avocados sort themselves out in the walking.” Or, something like that. I don’t like avocados. In fact, I’ve never even tried them (gasp). I really don’t know how...

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Let Them Be – We Need Explorers
May14

Let Them Be – We Need Explorers

We believe in conventional wisdom, in tried and true ways, and in what the experts tell us. Good. That’s a great place to start. However, when someone comes up with a new idea–a church decides to try something else, someone suggests the conventional paths are full of potholes, or the “tried and true” ways are simply tried ways, they need not be labeled as “stubborn” or “arrogant.” One...

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Lead Yourself
May01

Lead Yourself

We Christians fancy ourselves as those striving to be “selfless.” After all, we follow one who came not to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. We are to be serious about God’s mission. All of this should lead one away from thinking about oneself very often. Indeed, self-absorption is wrong. Self-absorption or selfishness is different than understanding we cannot fix others or motivate...

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How to Be an Awesome Loser
Apr25

How to Be an Awesome Loser

No one wins all the time. In the church world, it’s even confusing to know what’s a win and what’s a loss. On our better days, we know what a win is–and we know it can sometimes look like a loss. Sometimes, though, we just don’t get it done. The idea doesn’t work. The offerings aren’t there. Something beyond our control puts a damper on something we hoped would make a huge difference. It just...

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The Wisdom of the 20-Mile March
Apr23

The Wisdom of the 20-Mile March

Churches that grow quite rapidly get a lot of press. They’re rare. I love studying such churches, and have no problem with anyone growing rapidly or “getting press” as a result. However, a much better, doable way to build a healthy church over the long haul is the through what Jim Collins and Morten Hansen call the 20-mile march. It’s a hiking concept they illustrate beautifully in the book. To simplify, if...

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