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Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Small Group Resources |

I am a Small Group Leader: Seasons

I am a Small Group Leader: Seasons

My wife and I started our group 4 years ago. We had lots of expectations and hope that God would speak through us and use us to his glory. We started with 4 family’s and lots of kids. Lots!!! As seasons changed so did the group. One family left and we picked up 2 more. Through more seasons, I wondered what God was doing and if this group was the right fit and if we were growing spiritually. Next thing I know we added another entire group. That made 6 family’s including us in our group. It was crazy. Two of the families were from California. It just so happens that my oldest daughter lives in California and that helped open some doors for conversion and broke down some barriers. Another year went by and a new season for our group.  One family moved back to California and we were down to 5 couples. That’s about the time the doors flow wide open. We were able to do life...

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Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Blog, Kingdom |

4 Levels of Story

4 Levels of Story

During my time in the San Francisco Bay area for our latest Code for the Kingdom hackathon, our CEO, Dave Travis spoke as part of a Church Innovation Briefing we provided for local church leaders.  Dave gave a few of his “bits”, as he calls them—short talks he delivers with some frequency to church leaders from around the country.  Dave (literally) carries around a bag of bits for just such an occasion. One of the topics was on the 4 Levels of Story in a church.  The key point Dave made was that, when one of these stories fall out of alignment with the others, the effectiveness of the church suffers.  The four levels of story are: The Story of What God Has Done in Jesus Christ.  This is the overarching ‘meta story’ that informs the remaining three.  God has reconciled the world to himself through Jesus Christ.  And we, therefore, are Christ’s ambassadors, as if God were making his appeal through us. The Story of the Senior Leader. ...

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Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Blog, Life |

Are You a Generous Leader?

Are You a Generous Leader?

I came across a post on Vanderbloemen’s Insight’s blog outlining the 13 Characteristics of a Generous Leader.  Generosity, in this case, isn’t focused on money, but on other resources such as time and talent.  Here are the first six characteristics: 1. When they ask about how you or your family are doing, they actually listen to your answer. That’s the ministry of presence 2. They slow down to open the door for you so you can enter the room before them. This symbolizes their desire to put others before themselves 3. They stay late in the office to help you with your project approaching its deadline 4. They do the right thing in a situation regardless of the cost to them or their agenda 5. They have an openhandedness with their knowledge and resources 6. They are others-focused, not self-focused Are you a generous leader?  When you read this list, who comes to mind?  Which of these represents your strengths as a leader?  How can you play to those...

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Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Blog, Kingdom, Technology |

#C4TK San Francisco 2014 – Amazing!

#C4TK San Francisco 2014 – Amazing!

This year’s Code for the Kingdom hackathon event in the Bay Area was an amazing success.  Over 200 coders and developers pounded away on 22 projects for 48 hours in an attempt to bring about new tech tools for Kingdom impact.  More information regarding this event and the projects will be out in the days ahead.  Keep tabs on the details via the Leadership Network Blog.  I’ll quickly highlight a couple of brand new projects that were also award winners: Generous – A mobile tool that would allow missionaries to share multimedia “micro updates” with supporters (rather than the quarterly 3-page long support letters), and for supporters to share these stories by making “micro donations” of $1 which would then be posted to their social channels. Aid Homeless – A simple mobile tool to allow anyone to make an immediate gift toward food or clothing for homeless individuals they come into contact with through partnerships with local providers.  The app would also use geolocation to help providers know areas of...

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