Archive for November 2011

Practice man practice!

How much practice does it take to become competent in your area of speciality? Beyond that, how much of a focus does it take to become an expert in your area specialization? In his book Outliers, Malcom Gladwell makes a compelling case that history repeatedly shows that it takes 10,000 hours of practice for someone…

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The way of influence

Want to be an influencer? Lots of people ask that question and they come up with almost as many answers. There is no end to the books that are written about how to direct people. Do you ever grow weary of seeing leadership books galore? I do. For one, I think it’s because the very…

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Something worth losing

It stands to reason that the younger we are – with the greatest number of years ahead of us and thus the most to lose – we would be wise to play it safe, to take fewer risks. But you didn’t do it that way and neither did I. It’s odd that the older we…

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Rabbits and turtles

Rabbits go fast, turtles move slowly. They’re both good. I’m convinced we are naturally inclined toward one direction or the other. All of us need to find our soul speed then walk with ease there. The Bible positively presents both rabbit and turtle characters in its pages. Martha scurried about serving and was an obvious…

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Resistance to change

As a leader in any venture it is necessary to bring change to your organization. There is predictable, constant push back from most of your relationships as you encourage the “C” word. If you are called to be an actual change agent you have a tough way to go in life. Your life is exciting…

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It’s not too late to turn outward…

What can you bring change to a church that didn’t begin in an outward direction? Here are a couple of practical first steps to take. …senior leadership (esp the senior leader) can begin to regularly participate in outreach – IE once a week. This one step will transform a congregation more powerfully than any other.…

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Mega-churches or medium-sized churches…?

Someone sent me a tweet recently I’ve been thinking about. He asked about mega-churches and if many of the people they attract simply come from other churches. I had to agree. Having been a part of a couple of them and observed many more up close, I believe the following to be generally true: A.…

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Do you have a plan or a mission?

Seth Godin is a thinker I look up to. He says, “Plans are good but missions are better.” Plans will let you down but missions endure for the long haul. Plans have a limited shelf life. They come and go. They are packaged and eventually they wear out. Missions cause us to move forward for…

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The accurate side of creativity

A few years ago I did an interview with the Wall Street Journal concerning originality in weekend messages. Several pastors were asked about their views pertaining to one-of-a-kind messages. Most of them said they thought it was okay to borrow insights from other’s messages. Rick Warren, who says, “If my bullet fits your gun, then…

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When is it time to fight?

Yes, there is a time to fight, even when you are in the kingdom of God. There is a time to stand up for what is right. That’s not the same as standing up for your rights. We can get the false idea that it’s never okay to fight – that no good ever comes…

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