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Posted by on Nov 6, 2011 in Blog | 2 comments

What’s Your Bowl of Stew?

What’s Your Bowl of Stew?

At the recent Rapid Growth Leadership Community I facilitated, Jim Kuykendall shared some thoughts from the life of Jacob and Esau that I believe all of us should consider.  If you aren’t familiar with the story of Jacob and Esau (its pretty complicated), you can find it in Genesis 25 in the Bible. In this particular story, Esau had been hunting out in the open country and returned home famished.  Apparently he failed to pack an adequate sack lunch.  What Esau found was his brother Jacob cooking up a mean bowl of red stew.  Esau, feeling he was near death from hunger, pleaded with his brother for a bowl of stew.  Now I’m not sure if Jacob’s response was in jest, or if he really thought Esau would go for it, but he told his brother, “Sell me your birthright first.”  To make a long story short, Esau traded in his birthright, something of incredible value, for a bowl of stew. How dumb is that?  How stupid was Esau? ...

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Campus Pastor Innovation Lab

Campus Pastor Innovation Lab

This week I’m back at Leadership Network in Dallas facilitating the Campus Pastor Innovation Lab.  This gathering of multi-site church leaders from across the country has come together to focus on the identification and development of leaders for existing and future campuses.  All together, these five churches represent 19 campuses with over 16,000 weekly worship attenders.  Their combined vision for the future involves more than 40 campuses, a significant multiplication of effort and impact. There are a variety of issues these teams will be taking on this week.  Some of the common issues faced by multi-site churches include finances, process acceleration, keeping the leadership pipeline filled, and transferring the church’s DNA to leaders and campuses. The churches represented in this group include: Church for All Nations – Colorado Springs, CO Crossroads Church – Oakdale, PA Hope Community Church – Raleigh, NC North Way Christian Community – Wexford, PA The Vineyard Church – Urbana, IL Over the next several days I’ll share some of the key learnings from this group. ...

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