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Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Small Group Resources |

The Discipline of Staying Put

The Discipline of Staying Put

Have you heard about This Is Our City? The newest Christianity Today publication focuses on telling stories of those glorifying God by serving in their cities. With articles, videos, and more, they offer tons of inspiring stories of Christ-followers serving in the name of Christ. Last week they posted an article on staying put—that is, choosing to remain in a community instead of moving frequently. In our culture of mobility, it’s rare to hear of people staying in one place for long. But what is the cost of all that moving? Specifically, what’s the cost to community? Check out the full article, and visit This Is Our City to see all the inspiring stories. Then let us know what you think...

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Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Small Group Resources |

How to Disciple Others in 5 Easy Steps

How to Disciple Others in 5 Easy Steps

Today we launched out on a new era at LifePoint Church.  Each of our staff are taking on the call to make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20) by living out the call of Matthew 4:19 esv:  “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”  Over the next 12 weeks, each staff person will be discipling 5 people from their ministry area.  By discipling we specifically mean walking weekly with the 5 through the Real Life Discipleship Training Manual.  You may ask: “New era? Shouldn’t you have been discipling all along?”  Well yes we have, but never with this much intentionality! To help you do the same, here are 5 easy steps: 1.  Identify:  prayerfully identify five people God is leading you to disciple; (help become more like Christ tomorrow than they are today.) You know God is also working in their lives to prepare them, so why not ask Him who you are supposed to be walking with? 2. Enlist: Talk with each of the five individually and invite...

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Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Blog |

Making Innovation Sustainable

Making Innovation Sustainable

I’ve recently started on a blog series from the folks at Innovation Excellence entitled “Making Innovation Sustainable”.  You can start the series here.  One of the things that jumped out at me from the first post was a list of key dangers when it comes to our approach to innovation.  They are: Viewing innovation as a temporary, extraordinary effort in response to a crisis, or pursuing innovation as a competitive response. Treating innovation as the domain of only the R & D or Marketing department, or some other subgroup. Treating innovation as a project-based activity, instead of as an integral organizational capability to be invested in and professionally managed. Most individuals and organziations view innovation as something to be pulled out of your back pocket only when the needs arises.  Much like Felix’s ‘bag of tricks’, innovation serves as a nifty quick-fix to a pressing issue or problem.  However, for organizations to truly be innovation and to maintain innovation over time, there must be systems and structures in place...

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Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Blog |

Taking on a New Role – No This Isn’t a Repost

Taking on a New Role – No This Isn’t a Repost

A couple of months ago I shared with you a new contract position I was invited to take on with Leadership Network in Dallas.  A couple of weeks ago I was invited into a full-time role with Leadership Network as the Director of InnovationLabs.  The InnovationLab is an amazing, 12-month experience for church leaders that brings fresh and new ideas to areas that have grown old and tired.  Beyond typical brainstorming, teams are stretched to think beyond the boundaries of current reality to answer the question, ‘what’s around the corner?’  The labs are designed to help leaders infuse new ideas in an existing ministry area and/or give them a quick start in a new ministry area, based on the tested and proven results of other churches.  Participants get to hear from experts in various ministry fields and jump miles ahead of where they could be by themselves. My responsibilities include program oversight, team leadership, recruiting, directing, and ongoing development of the InnovationLab experience.  This is an exciting opportunity to...

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Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Blog |

Beware of Fake Fruit! – New Post on the LN Blog

Beware of Fake Fruit! – New Post on the LN Blog

Here’s an excerpt from my latest post over at the Leadership Network blog: Being a leader of a rapidly growing church requires a keen sense of discernment to ensure its health and continued vitality. Increasing numbers can serve as a false sense of stability, while systems, structures, and staff suffer under the strain of fast-paced change. The outcome can be much like the shock of biting into a perfect looking apple only to come away with a mouth full of wax.   If you grew up in the 70’s or early 80’s, you likely had a bowl of wax fruit displayed somewhere in your home. Even if you didn’t, you know what I’m talking about: fresh, crisp, and polished-looking on the outside, but a hard, flavorless, synthetic mass on the inside. The fruit looks good (perhaps even convincing enough to fool and unsuspecting relative or guest), but on the inside its just wrong—fake.   Some leaders can relate their church’s growth situation to a bowl of fake fruit. Like...

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