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Posted by on Jun 29, 2013 in Blog, Kingdom, Technology |

Day 1 at #C4TK San Francisco

Day 1 at #C4TK San Francisco

Well, the first official day of the San Francisco Code for the Kingdom hackathon is in the books.  All together, over 100 technologists, Kingdom entrepreneurs and investors gathered to pray together, hear sponsored and spontaneous challenges, form teams, and begin working on new solutions.  Several teams met into the early hours of the morning, other chose to conserve their energy for the long day ahead.  This morning is already buzzing with activity and energy.  I am excited to see how God will use this collaborative to do great...

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Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Small Group Resources |

Top 5 Icebreakers of 2013

Top 5 Icebreakers of 2013

This week, we’re counting down the top five of five different types of content on our site including articles, icebreakers, blog posts, training tools, and Bible studies. If you’re not already familiar with our Small Group Meeting Builder tool, you should be. Search for icebreakers, worship ideas, Bible-study extras, and even recipes. Instantly find what you’re looking for to make your meeting fun, inviting, and meaningful. We publish several new meeting builders a month, most of them icebreakers. Here are the top five icebreakers so far this year: #5 Married or Single Exploring unique perspectives on God By Amy Jackson #4 Don’t Worry How is worry distracting you from God? By Keri Wyatt Kent #3 Priorities What does it look like to “seek first his kingdom”? By Keri Wyatt Kent #2 Rediscover God’s Love A quick activity to learn about true love By Rachel Jay #1 Don’t Forget Be transformed, not just informed, by God’s Word. By Dan Lentz What’s your favorite...

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Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Blog, Kingdom, Technology |

Let the Hacking Begin!

Let the Hacking Begin!

Today marks the start of Leadership Network’s first Code for the Kingdom Hackathon!  This hackathon series, which will be held in locations such as San Francisco, Raleigh, and Austin, is part of the Beyond Digital Initiative that was launched this year to promote the development of cutting edge digital tools and strategies to multiply Kingdom good.  I will be directing the second primary element of this initiative, the Beyond Digital Leadership Community, which begins this fall.  This leadership community will engage 10-12 innovative churches over a two-year period in order to accelerate their learning in the ‘digital space’, leveraging shared knowledge and outside expertise for the advancement of the mission of each individual church, and the Church as a whole.  Exciting stuff! I arrived in San Francisco yesterday and connected with colleagues and friends.  We spent a little time out on the town and turned in early in order to get a fresh start on a long first day.  In just about 10 hours, over 100 coders, developers, Kingdom investors...

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Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Small Group Resources |

Top 5 Training Tools of 2013

Top 5 Training Tools of 2013

One of my favorite things about working for SmallGroups.com is creating Training Tools for small-group leaders and point people. As a former small-group director, I was always searching for expert advice to solve my most pressing needs. And SmallGroups.com provides these resources at a great price. Our Training Tools mine the experience and wisdom of small-group experts and present it to you in an easy-to-use format that helps you deal with your biggest small-group issues. Today we’re counting down the top five Training Tools of 2013 so far. They’re all excellent resources that help make your small-group ministry healthy. #5 Bible Study Methods for Groups Fresh ideas for digging into God’s Word together By Justin Marr, Diana Bennett, Michael Mack, and more You asked for more resources directly related to Bible studies, and we came up with this gem. Learn how to study the Bible in a small group in a way that brings about life change in your group members. Take a look at inductive study, the LeSPA...

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Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Blog, Life |

Are You a Puzzle Builder or a Quilt Maker?

Are You a Puzzle Builder or a Quilt Maker?

This spring I took a free online course through Stanford University entitled “Crash Course on Creativity”.  It was a fun opportunity to connect with people from around the world while exercising my creatives muscles through individual and team challenges.  The objective of the course was to help us increase our creativity through three primary strategies: Correctly framing and re-framing problems. Connecting and combining ideas. Challenging assumptions. It was fun, wasn’t too time consuming, and the online platform was pretty intuitive and easy to use. One of the metaphors the instructor used to describe innovation and creativity was the contrast between a ‘puzzle builder’ and a ‘quilt maker’.  Consider these characteristics: A puzzle builder: Has a very defined task. Job is to simply put all the pieces together. If pieces are missing, the puzzle remains incomplete. A quilt maker: Often begins with a loosely defined vision or idea. Leverages what’s around them (even the scraps!). Creates something surprising and fascinating. I believe that, at different moments in our lives–in work,...

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