- Today was great. We did a combined service due to Labor Day that worked great. - We try to get the whole church together a couple times a year for a combined service. - I love it because it turns what would be a normally low day into a win for the church - It's also a great break for our volunteers who get to the theatre at 5:30AM to set everything up. - I taught on how to get out of debt. It's amazing how many people are in debt and we need to teach people what the ... Read More
On Tuesday, September 30th from 9AM-4PM I will teaching a one-day Launch Conference in Atlanta, GA! I'm really looking forward to having a whole day to share what I have learned about planting a church (The good and the mistakes!). Here's what you can expect to learn: - What the best launch dates are (and the worst!) - The most critical factor to the success of your church (and it's not what you think!) - The most effective ways to raise funds for your church plant - The biggest mistakes on staffing and how to avoid them - How your ... Read More
Creating a small groups culture in your church is one thing, but maintaining that culture is another thing entirely. How do you maintain a culture of small groups in your church? I believe one way is to have full staff involvement (including the Senior Pastor) in groups. When the staff is involved in groups, it comes out in conversation. The church hear about groups from the stage as each teaching Pastor communicates about groups. They are also setting an example that to be a leader in this church, you lead a group. I've never seen a church that has 70% ... Read More
One of the questions I get regularly is, "How do you create a Small Groups culture in your church?" There's several reasons, but here's one that's absolutely essential: Eliminate the competition. When Small Groups is one of 50 ministries people can get involved in, Small Groups lose their power to involve everyone because there's too much competition. When you say, "We want everyone to get into a small group" and you follow that up making canceling anything that could compete with small groups for time, space, volunteers and attention, you're on your way to creating a culture of small groups.
My daughter watches "My Friends Tigger and Pooh" and if you have kids, you know when there's a problem to solve, they go into "Think, think, think" mode. I think as church leaders we tend to go into action mode immediately without taking time to think things through. I was just reading about a man, who rented an office 15 minutes away from his "normal" office that had nothing but a comfortable chair and a CD player for background music. He would go here simply to think. One wise man said if people would stop to think for 30 minutes ... Read More
This week I'm staring down the barrel of several big decisions. This got me thinking about how as leaders we make dozens of decisions every day. Think about it: we make decisions about personnel, location, ministries, events, outreach, systems and ideas every day. I have found that when my mission, vision and values are clear, most decisions are easy to make. It's when I'm unclear about what God has called me to do that decision making becomes much more difficult. So maybe it's not so much about becoming a better decision maker and more about getting clearer on our mission.
- Amazing Sunday! - The church was back. Summer is over! Thank God! Great crowd at all services. - I hadn't taught in 3 weeks, so I felt like a caged lion being released. - Mark did a great job. He taught for me the last 2 Sundays, so it was great to have him leading worship again. - We started our "Go Green" series and talked about 5 ways to master our money. - Leaders - people have money problems! We have to teach what the Bible says about money. - I'm not just talking about tithing. I'm talking ... Read More
I really enjoyed being in Phoenix over the last week, but I'm glad to be home. I feel as though God focused my vision over the last week and I don't know if I would have slowed down enough to hear Him had I been in the hustle and bustle of ministry life. I realized how much I need times to get out of my routine and hear from God. Being part of a coaching network has served this purpose for quite some time. I find the drive time just as important as the network itself. It gives me time ... Read More
I read 3 books this week that I wanted to put out there... - The Powell Principles - Bill Hybels referenced this book at the Leadership Summit, so I picked it up and enjoyed it. It's Colin Powell's leadership proverbs that have guided him throughout his career. If you're a leader, it's definitely worth a read. - Overcoming your Shadow Mission - I've read just about everything John Ortberg has written, but I really believe this is his best. This book is based on a fabulous talk he gave at last year's Leadership Summit and it was a great read. ... Read More
- I started my morning off with a double BBQ Bacon cheeseburger from Carl's Jr. (my 1st time at Carl's Jr. - I have to say, burgers for breakfast is something I can get used to) - Then I had a great time teaching nearly 100 Pastors in Phoenix with Nelson Searcy. Assimilation is such an important system in any church. It was great to help that many Pastors and churches. - Had In N' Out for lunch. The pics is available on my Twitter. Double Double animal style w/ animal style fries. Delicious doesn't even do it justice... - ... Read More
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