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A Focus on Giving Thanks

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Blog, Life |

Is seems that so much of our culture is focused on the negative.  Even the people that are supposed to be carriers of positivity and peace appear to be much more interested in turmoil and strife.  You don’t have to spend much time in this atmosphere of malaise before you begin to feel its effects, seeping deep into your bones, robbing you of the joy and contentment that once shined brightly within you. It’s depressing. As difficult as it can be at times, we must make the choice to see the world through different lenses.  Our focus must be steady and sure, otherwise our gaze will drift and our...

Is Your Church Succession Ready?

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Blog, Kingdom |

One of the biggest issues facing a majority of churches in North America is pastoral succession.  The reality is that every pastor is an interim pastor.  Some will be replaced in the future, others will remain until the doors are closed, and some will be relieved of duty when Christ returns.  One of the critical questions becomes, “How prepared are you for your inevitable transition?” A recent survey co-sponsored by Leadership Network asked large churches (weekly attendance of 1,000 and higher): “How would you rate efforts at planning for the senior pastor’s eventual succession from this church, relative to where you feel that planning should be at this point?”...

7 Deadly Assumptions #4: Others Understand Things the Way I Do – Leadership Network Blog

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Blog, Life |

Our next Deadly Assumption in this series is the assumption that “others understand the issue the way that I do,” and it’s a killer when it comes to collaboration and strong strategic decision-making.  Deadly Assumption #4 was made famous a few years ago by the dynamic decision-making duo, Chip and Dan Heath.  In their book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, the Heath brothers wrote about a phenomenon called The Curse of Knowledge.  On the surface it doesn’t sound like much of a ‘curse’.  After all, who wouldn’t want to have knowledge?  But once you understand it, you realize the impact this assumption has on...