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Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in Blog |

The Other Side of Change

The Other Side of Change

My last post discussed a common approach to change and innovation that involves trying to shove new models and methods of doing things into the middle of old ones without reviewing the assumptions and circumstances the old models were built upon.  The result is often frustration for the leadership and dissatisfaction on opposite ends of the adoption curve. To be fair, there is opposite, yet equally dangerous approach to implementing change and innovation that can produce comparable levels of frustration and malcontent.  In a rush to adopt the latest model, leap into the latest trend, or seize the most promising opportunity, some individuals and organizations bypass critical thinking and place themselves in a position that just doesn’t fit.  Either they neglect to take the culture of their organization (or their ‘target audience’) into account, fail to consider whether the resources at hand are adequate, or refuse to see the ripple effect the new changes will have throughout the organization.  The result is unsatisfying at best and devastating at worst....

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Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in Blog |

LifeServe 2011 Is in the Books

LifeServe 2011 Is in the Books

LifeServe 2011 is officially in the books!  The final session was a fitting conclusion to the week, with comedy, worship, and a challenging message from Elisa Morgan.  I believe everyone left ready to take all that was learned and “do what we can” with it.  It was great to see old friends, make new ones, and drink from the well.  I leave blessed. Louisville proved to be a fantastic venue for the conference.  The city provides a great deal of history, culture, art, and more.  I’m putting Louisville on my list to visit in the future “just for fun”.  Below are a few pictures I took during the week. Last night we were up late tearing down, boxing up, and loading pallets.  This morning I enjoyed a walk in the cool air, breakfast on the patio, and a chance to reflect on the week.  I look forward to sharing insights and learning from LifeServe with you in the weeks to come. I hope to see you in Orlando for...

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Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Blog, Media |

Paul Young Interview with Lifetree Cafe

Paul Young Interview with Lifetree Cafe

At the day two of the LifeServe Conference, we were treated to a lunch session sponsored by Lifetree Cafe.  Lifetree Cafe is a…  During this session we watched and discussed a very moving interview with Paul Young, author of the best selling book The Shack.  It was easy to see through this experience how Lifetree Cafe is being used to facilitate real, meaningful conversations with people from all walks of life.  Watch this video preview to get a glimpse into Paul Young and Lifetree Cafe.   Have you ever attended a Lifetree Cafe?  What was your experience? Take it to a deeper level: How would you describe your “shack”?...

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Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Blog |

LifeServe 2011 – Day 1

LifeServe 2011 – Day 1

The LifeServe Conference began today with a flurry of activity.  New to the Conference this year was an opening welcome reception which featured live music (who knew they would land Kenny G?), desserts, drinks, a gallery of ministry resources, and Connect Group displays all throughout.  You can get a glimpse into some of the activity through the gallery below. In just a few moments the doors will open for our first general session, hosted by Bob Stromberg and the LifeServe team.  Worship will be led by Tom Ewing and our keynote address will be delivered by Robert Gelinas from Denver, CO, Lead-Pastor of Colorado Community Church and author of Finding the Groove: Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith....

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Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Blog |

How We Approach Change

How We Approach Change

During the Internet Ministries Innovation Lab at Leadership Network last week, Vince Marotte made a presentation on the trends of internet ministries and the model they use at Gateway Church in Austin, TX.  During his presentation, he showed the peculiar picture of John Fitch’s first steamboat and asked, “Why was this the first model of a steamboat?” Looking at the picture, the answer should be pretty obvious: John took the prevailing model of ‘boat’ and just crammed the new “steam technology” right in the middle of it. That got me to thinking about how we often approach change and innovation in our lives, organizations, and churches.  Rather than start from a blank slate and explore all the possibilities before us, we have a tendency to start with our current model of doing things and try to fit the new into the old.  We read a book, attend a conference, or have an inspiring conversation with a thought leader, and return home to try and press the new learnings into...

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