OK, I just can't hold it in anymore! Our Momentum Conference website is going to be up October 1st, but I thought I'd let you in on who the main presenters are going to be. They are: This Guy This Guy and This Guy There's a bunch of breakout sessions that we'll be rolling out soon, but this should give you an idea as to what's happening! March 1-2, 2007 in Miami, FL. It's on!
I read Go Big: Lead Your Church to Explosive Growth by Bill Easum and Bil Cornelius in one sitting. It's not a long book, but I found many of the insights practical and helpful. There was a lot that's rehashed from Ed Young and others, but there was enough practical nuggets to pick up the book and give it a read. The section on raising money was good and especially helpful for guys looking to plant churches. The book deals with everything from church structure, breaking growth barriers, training leaders, hiring staff, and dealing with problematic people. This is a ... Read More
I just finished the first draft of a manuscript that is going to be my next book. The working title is, "Mirror, Mirror: How your reflection reveals God's image." In short, the book is about servanthood. I believe it picks up where "elements" left off. The central theme is still the issue of greatness, yet it focuses on the idea that greatness in the kingdom is being the servant of all. It started as a little pamphlet that I wanted to give to every person that began serving at Calvary Fellowship. The problem was, it kept growing and it ended ... Read More
It's hurricane season campers! What does that mean for the Franquiz household? #1 - Water - I cleaned Publix out of Fiji water (AKA nature's tears) #2 - Food - Plenty of food for such a time as this (Steaks, chicken, chips, etc...) #3 - Propane - because the grill will be on! #4 - Stuff to do - 3 movies from Blockbuster in case my dish goes out (Which I really hope not because the Red Sox are playing in Oakland which is a 10:05PM EST start time) #5 - Books - As long as I have a flashlight, ... Read More
No More Christian Nice Guy by Paul Coughlin takes Wild at Heart to a practical level. As much as I love John Eldredge's books and have read everything he's written more than once, this book takes some of the masculine themes that John expounds on in Wild at Heart and brings them to everyday life. Honestly, this book could have just as easily been called, "Stop being a Wuss!" It's a call for men to be men and not wimps. I think the book really defined Biblical masculinity well. It walked the line of being strong but not some machismo ... Read More
Since we had full power back today, we continued our series on stewardship that we're calling, "Colors" and I talked about being in the black. The thrust of the message was that when we tithe, God gets involved in our finances and takes responsibility for providing for us. Anyway, I taught from Matthew 6:24-34, but I referenced Haggai 1:2-7. When I went to read it however, it didn't sound right. Here's what I read, “Bring charges against your mother, bring charges; for she is not My wife, nor am I her Husband! Let her put away her harlotries from her ... Read More
Christine, our Children's Ministry director, forwarded me an article about how 3 different generations learn. It's the question that colleges are asking themselves and it's a good question that those of us who communicate should be asking ourselves as well. You can find it here.
I got a great question today from a church planter who wanted to know if I do reviews or evaluations with our staff and how I do them. It's a great question because people don't do what you expect if you don't tell them what you expect. So we do a semi-formal review/ evaluation towards the end of the year where we discuss job performance, ministry budgets, etc... But I also meet in a less formal way with our staff throughout the year and remind them of our A-B-C philosophy. What is that? I believe that ministries vary in importance ... Read More
I don't know what I feel worse about, there being no power in church yesterday (which turned out surprisingly well) or the absolute pounding the Red Sox have taken over the last 3 days. I stayed up until 2AM watching the horror that was Sunday night's game. This has just been horrible. I walked into the supermarket today to pick something up for Carey and I was wearing my Red Sox cap and a guy wearing Yankees shirt just looked at me with a face that could only be described the way we look at someone who's been eating out ... Read More
Our set-up crew arrived at the theatre this morning to no power. There was no power on our block. We called the power company and they said they'd have someone out by 10AM (Our start time). So the amazing guys who set things up every week, set everything up in complete darkness. Then we got a couple of generators and we had some power to be able to light our sanctuary. So we had everyone (including kids) gather into our main theatre. Did I mention that there was what seemed like a monsoon outside with all the rain? So doing ... Read More