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Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 in Blog |

University Ministries Leadership Community

University Ministries Leadership Community

Yesterday we began a brand new Leadership Community at Leadership Network in Dallas. If you’re not familiar with the Leadership Community model that we use at Leadership Network, its an extremely effective, dynamic method for bringing thought leaders in the church together to connect, innovate for ministry, and multiply their impact in their churches and around the world. You can find out more information on the Leadership Communities page at leadnet.org. The focus of this LC is University Ministries. Here is an overview of this group from the LN website: Innovative North American churches in proximity to college campuses are beginning to see themselves as a key link in bringing the message of Christ’s love and forgiveness to university students. Many are moving beyond seeing ministry with university students as simply an “ought to” because of their proximity to a college or major university campus. They are instead seeing ministry within this demographic to be one of the most strategic investments they can make as they seek to develop...

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Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Media |

Work as Worship – Right Now Conference

Work as Worship – Right Now Conference

If you’re familiar with Right Now you’re probably aware of the conferences they host around the country for church leaders.  Thousands of Senior Pastors, Youth Pastors, Small Groups Pastors, Discipleship and Assimilation Pastors, and volunteer leaders gather together to Develop, Dream, Discuss, and Do. If you’re not familiar with them, Right Now was founded out of a sincere love for the Church as God’s vehicle to change the world.  From their website: Many people have become disillusioned with the church … this frustration is understandable, but needs to be addressed. The Bible is clear that the Church is God’s chosen tool for hope and change. To truly obey Scripture means to turn this disillusionment and frustration into a labor of love as we each look for ways to carry out the mission of the church. Their newest conference, Unleashed, is coming to Dallas November 2-4.  You can find out more at the Unleashed website. What you may not know is Right Now is also hosting a one day event...

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Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Blog |

Conversation Killers, Part 1 – Introduction

Conversation Killers, Part 1 – Introduction

Progress, change and innovation all require effective conversations.  In order for the best ideas to emerge and gain traction, you must regularly engage in dialogue that allows for good ideas to collide, creativity to run free, and people in your church or organization to invest in the things they are passionate about, not just what they are paid to do. A big part of this process is the environment you provide for these conversations.  While the location will vary based on availability and purpose, there are some key considerations that can be applied to all of your meetings, planning sessions, formal and informal gatherings.  We’ll look at location later on in this series.  But if you haven’t watched Steven Johnson’s video Where Good Ideas Come From, go ahead and check it out. Chances are, if your staff, team, or organization is not having focused, effective, results-based conversations, you’re stuck in stagnation, stranded on a plateau, or free-falling through decline. None of those are fun.  Its not what you signed...

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