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Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Blog, Kingdom |

Artist Development for Multisite Churches

Artist Development for Multisite Churches

Last month we launched a new InnovationLab at Leadership Network that I am directing, titled Multisite Artist Development. This Lab is designed for churches with 3 or more locations that are looking to develop a more robust model for identifying, engaging, growing, and releasing artists for ministry in their churches and communities.  We gathered five church teams for two days in our facilitation space in Dallas to kick of this experience.  I look forward to watching what these teams accomplish over the next 12 months! To learn more about the group and our first gathering, you can catch my summary post Yearn for the Sea: Multisite Artist Development on the Leadership Network Blog.  Here’s a teaser: Critical Success Factors for Artist Development One of the conversations during the week centered around critical success factors for multisite artist development. Regardless of what your model looks like, there are some common ingredients that are necessary for success. These include: Vision-Minded – Michael Neale shared a quote from Antoine De Saint-Exupery, author...

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Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Blog, Kingdom, Technology |

Beyond Digital Initiative | Leadership Network Blog

Beyond Digital Initiative | Leadership Network Blog

One of the new projects I am involved in at Leadership Network is called the Beyond Digital Initiative.  Its an exciting opportunity to engage church leaders, Kingdom-minded organizations, and tech talent from around the country to collaborate on new tools and models for impacting the world using technology.  The Church has long been ‘behind the curve’ when it comes to technology adoption and use.  We’re planning to play a little catch up over the next couple of years. The Beyond Digital Initiative will be made up of two primary components: The Beyond Digital Leadership Community: A 2-year, peer-centered group of 10-12 innovative churches who have made a significant investment in digital tools and strategies and have a desire to keep digital a large part of their overall strategy.  Throughout four gatherings over the 2-year period, teams will have an opportunity to share best practices, learn from leaders across multiple domains, and develop new solutions for their churches and communities. Code for the Kingdom Hackathon Series: Beginning this summer in...

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Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Small Group Resources |

Never Alone, Yet Always Lonely

Never Alone, Yet Always Lonely

A few years ago, I jumped from volunteering in a college ministry to working on staff at a church, starting up a small-group ministry. I had grown to love ministry through my volunteer time, and I felt ready to dive head first into this new adventure. But out of the blue, I found myself feeling lonely. I was surrounded by people getting to know me, the new staff person at church. I led three different small groups in the hopes of apprenticing new leaders. I regularly hosted activities in our home. Despite being surrounded by others, though, I was lonely. I struggled with how I could have enjoyed ministry in the college setting so much and how lonely I felt now, only a few months later. What had changed? As I spent time in prayer, I began to realize that while I was surrounded by people, I hadn’t surrounded myself with a few of the most important people: those who don’t look to me as a leader but as...

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Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Small Group Resources |

Was Your Last Meeting Successful?

Was Your Last Meeting Successful?

A common remark I hear from leaders is: “I’m just not sure if group meetings are successful.” Quite honestly, that’s usually hard to gauge for a few reasons. First of all, while we know our overall goals for groups are life change and deeper relationships with one another and with God, we won’t always see great evidence of that at every single meeting. After all, creating lasting life change or deep relationships rarely happens in an hour and a half. Another reason gauging meeting success can be difficult is that we don’t set specific goals for each meeting, so it’s hard to know if we’ve met them. (Although, sometimes the Spirit has other plans, and that’s okay!) As you prepare for your next meeting, think about what you hope to accomplish. What can you do and what should you focus on in order to meet the long-term goals of life change and deeper relationships? When it comes to your discussion or study time, Sam O’Neal provides really helpful advice...

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Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Small Group Resources |

Get in the Habit of Icebreakers

Get in the Habit of Icebreakers

Recently, I’ve been reading The Power of Habit, and I’ve been learning a lot. It’s amazing how God created our brains to be extremely efficient, to make the most of our limited time and energy with the greatest result—all by creating habits. The idea behind habits is that there is a cue (something that tells us it’s time to start a routine), a habit loop (the routine that has been ingrained in our brains), and a reward (some desired response that we experience almost immediately). So I see a chocolate chip cookie (the cue), I eat it (the habit), and then I feel—at least for the moment—a joyful sugar rush (the reward). Or in the morning, I step into the bathroom (the cue), wash my face and brush my teeth (the habit), and I’m ready in a timely manner without having to think through what I’m going to do in what order (the reward). One warning, though: once we experience the cue, it’s hard to stop the habit loop...

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