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Is Your Church Succession Ready?

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Blog, Kingdom | 0 comments

One of the biggest issues facing a majority of churches in North America is pastoral succession.  The reality is that every pastor is an interim pastor.  Some will be replaced in the future, others will remain until the doors are closed, and some will be relieved of duty when Christ returns.  One of the critical questions becomes, “How prepared are you for your inevitable transition?” A recent survey co-sponsored by Leadership Network asked large churches (weekly attendance of 1,000 and higher): “How would you rate efforts at planning for the senior pastor’s eventual succession from this church, relative to where you feel that planning should be at this point?”...

7 Deadly Assumptions #4: Others Understand Things the Way I Do – Leadership Network Blog

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Blog, Life |

Our next Deadly Assumption in this series is the assumption that “others understand the issue the way that I do,” and it’s a killer when it comes to collaboration and strong strategic decision-making.  Deadly Assumption #4 was made famous a few years ago by the dynamic decision-making duo, Chip and Dan Heath.  In their book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, the Heath brothers wrote about a phenomenon called The Curse of Knowledge.  On the surface it doesn’t sound like much of a ‘curse’.  After all, who wouldn’t want to have knowledge?  But once you understand it, you realize the impact this assumption has on...

7 Deadly Assumptions #3: Confirmation Bias – Leadership Network Blog

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Blog, Kingdom |

“We don’t believe the world we see; we see the world we believe.” In the blockbuster movie, The Matrix, there is a pivotal scene where the Judas figure, Cypher, betrays his cohort of rebels in favor of a more comfortable ‘reality’.  If you haven’t seen the film, “the Matrix” is a virtual reality created by an advanced artificial intelligence.  Machines that are a part of this system have usurped human dominion, plugging everyone into their giant network to keep them alive but in the dark.  The virtual world is managed by “agents” who, because they are manifestations of the AI within the network, possess super-human abilities that make them virtually...