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Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Blog |

Conversation Killers, Part 3 – Process Issues can Kill Your Conversations

Conversation Killers, Part 3 – Process Issues can Kill Your Conversations

This is part three in a series on ‘conversation killers’, things within our organizations that can stifle the conversations necessary to progress, innovation, and change.  I recently presented this content at the LifeServe Conference in Louisville, KY.  Much of this comes from the training on Results-based ConversationsTM that was designed by the WildWorks Group in Dallas, TX.  If you’re part of a large organization that is looking to have game-changing conversations, look up Tom McGehee and the WildWorks team. Part 1 of this series is an introduction to the series. Part 2 focuses on people that can kill your conversations. This post focuses on some of the process issues that arise within our conversations.  Its not enough to have the conversation—we must follow a process that keeps our teams moving toward results.  Two of these issues revolve around fruitless pursuits that we need to call off; two deal with a lack of clarity that is common among teams and organizations. Chasing Rabbits – Robust conversations create multiple ideas or...

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Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Blog |

Conversation Killers, Part 2 – People Can Kill Progress, Innovation, and Change

Conversation Killers, Part 2 – People Can Kill Progress, Innovation, and Change

Welcome to this series on conversation killers.  My goal is to raise awareness of some of the common threats to open, honest, results-based conversations, and start the dialogue on how to avoid these pitfalls in your organization or church.  If you missed the Introduction, you might want to take a minute to read it now. These first three conversation killers are related to people.  With a little redirection, these ‘killers’ can become contributors (which should always be the goal).  But before we go further, let me point out two quick things: #1 – This list is not intended to be exhaustive.  I’d like for you to fill in others that you see or have experienced. #2 – I’m going to focus on people who unintentionally wreck productive conversations.  We could talk through ‘saboteurs’ who intentionally seek out to destroy progress, innovation, and change, but those people are more difficult to deal with and may never become productive participants in meaningful conversations. OK, here we go: Dominating Personalities – You...

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in Blog |

Which Dollar Is More Holy?

Which Dollar Is More Holy?

You’ve seen the infomercials… “For less than the cost of a cup of coffee per day (waaay less if you frequent Starbucks) you can change the life of a child halfway around the world.”  “Partner with us and we’ll dig a well that provides clean water for 100,000 people who don’t have it, and, among other things, exponentially decrease the infant mortality rate in their region.” Compelling, isn’t it? Social justice is popular these days.  A generation is rising up that seems more plugged in to the plight of the marginalized groups around the world, and they’re doing something about it.  That’s a good thing. But there’s been a bit of a fallout in churches.  An unnecessary tension has been created between the funding of local mission and the funding of causes across the globe.  The pendulum has swung from the local church being the primary ‘bucket’ to which members give, to a strong preference toward giving to “outside the walls” Kingdom opportunities.  And authors such as Stearn and...

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Blog |

Rapid Growth Churches Leadership Community Begins

Rapid Growth Churches Leadership Community Begins

This afternoon we kicked off the second gathering of the third Rapid Growth Churches Leadership Community at Leadership Network. This group began six months ago and is comprised of churches from New Mexico to Colorado to Maryland and points in between. These churches represent a range from 1000 to 8500 in average weekend worship attendance. They very greatly in traditions, styles, and ministry philosophies. But the common denominator among them all is a history of consistent, rapid growth over the past few years. To learn more about this initiative, visit the Rapid Growth Leadership Community section of the Leadership Communities page on leadnet.org. The focus of this gathering is how to develop a culture of generosity. The practical side of this issue is that rapidly growing churches spend a lot of money. It takes funding to sustain significant growth. And with growing churches, the growth curve often greatly outpaces the giving curve. At the heart of this issue, however, is the desire to create communities of people who are...

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 in Blog |

Big Issues in University Ministry

Big Issues in University Ministry

An element that came out of day two of the University Ministry Leadership Community was a list of key issues that are central to this ministry. One of the biggest hurdles to effective, sustainable university ministry is the transient nature of the environment. Imagine having an 80% turnover in your entire organization or church every four years–staff, volunteers, target audience. That is part of the normal landscape of university ministry, regardless of the model being employed. The leaders here frequently referred to trying to hit the “moving target” in university ministry. Other issues uncovered included: Leadership Development Ministry Structure Turning Altruism into Kingdom Impact Resource Development What are the key issues facing your ministry or organization? How do you continue to innovate and develop solutions for the obstacles and opportunities you...

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