Thursday, April 17, 2014

Some Red Flags To Watch Out For With Your Church's Vision

Vision can be the factor that makes or breaks your church. Obviously, it's actually the Holy Spirit that makes or breaks your church. But He likes to work through people, and it's your church's vision that is going to motivate them to take action, or do nothing. And if your church is struggling to grow and impact your community, there's a really good chance that the issue lays with your vision.

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I recently read a Andy Stanley's book, Deep & Wide. In it, he makes a profound statement about church vision. He says that, in order for your church to be united, you need a, "God honoring, mouth watering, crystal clear vision." So therein lays the question. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Relationship On Your Worship Team With The Most Untapped Potential

On our honeymoon, Allison and I read Sacred Marriage. It's an outstanding book that every married couple should read. In it, Gary Thomas poses this brilliant question: What if marriage was designed to make us holy more than to make us happy? 



More than happy?
I had never considered that questions before, which kinda helped me make sense of the dozens of failed relationships I had before meeting my wife. And as my wife and I read this book, we got a huge head start on pursuing a strong, lasting marriage. Even today, Thomas' question challenges me to see obstacles in my marriage as opportunities rather than inconveniences. 

But here's the brilliance of Gary Thomas' question, and how it applies to you and your team: 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Infinite Mirror Lifehack

Do you remember the first time you stood in between two adjacent mirrors?

When I was a kid, the bathroom in my house had a medicine cabinet hanging by the mirror. That old medicine cabinet also had a mirror on it's door. At night before bed, I would climb up on the bathroom counter and open the medicine cabinet door as wide as I could, until there was barely any space between the bathroom mirror and the mirrored cabinet door.

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Then I'd stick my face between the mirrors and look back and forth at the infinite reflections of myself that streamed of in both directions. I loved to imagine that they went on forever. I'd imagine I could see into the past and the future all at the same time.

How cool would it be if you could do that? See your past and your future all at the same time, that is. You'd be able to learn from the accidents of your past, and avoid the pot holes of your future. Your decisions would be well informed, and you'd have easy access to wisdom beyond your years. Obviously, it wouldn't make you perfect. Only Jesus can do that. But it'd be just about the most effective way for you to discover more potential in your life and leadership.

The good news is, there is a way to do that. And it's really easy. This is where you're thinking Okay, here comes the sales pitch. {Deep Sigh} Time to go back to checking my email. But the truth is, you don't need to buy anything. You likely have everything you need already.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The 7 Trendiest New Kinds Of Parking Spaces For Your Church's Parking Lot

The parking lot at your church is a really important part your guest's experience on Sunday morning. It's where people first get a sense of what's really important to the people at your church.

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In recent years, lots of churches have been more intentional about creating parking that caters to the church's most valued persons. Most churches have included a number of guest parking spots near the entrance to their buildings, which is a great way to say Hey, we value our guests! And even more recently, churches are including special parking for expectant mothers. A friend of mine told me about a church here in Phoenix that even has spots designated for family parking.

The other day I was sitting in a staff meeting, talking about this very issue, and it got me thinking - If our parking spaces help us communicate our values with our guests, why don't we have special parking for the other important people groups within the church? Here are 7 types of parking spaces that you should consider adding to your church parking lot.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dang! The Response I Got After Revealing My Secret

Last Monday, I revealed my dirty little secret. At the beginning of the post, I admitted I was a little nervous to talk about something that's so potentially embarrassing. But I hit the 'Publish' button anyway, and asked God to use my story however He would. Then I closed my laptop and had breakfast with my wife.


Throughout the day I got a few texts from some of my pastor buddies thanking me for being transparent. That was encouraging. Then at the end of they day, I sat down to check on what kind of engagement the post got on my social media channels. I was totally blown away by what I found. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Dirty Little Secret Revealed

Last Friday, I announced that I would be revealing my dirty secret today. After last Friday's post, I spend the majority of the weekend stressing out about writing this. I had that nagging little voice of doubt in the back of my head saying What did you do? You're just going to embarrass yourself. Don't do it. Write about something else.

My inner voice of doubt may be right in this case, but that doesn't matter. Whether I embarrass myself or not, the fact remains, the best way to discover more potential in your life is to learn from the mistakes of yourself and others. So, without further adieu, here's my dirty secret.

Friday, April 4, 2014

I'm revealing my dirty secret [Upcoming]

We all have skeletons in our closets. Some of us have big, hairy, thick boned skeletons. Other's have little, white, dainty skeletons. But we all have them.

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I have have a skeleton of my own. I've carried it with me most of my life, and it's cost me a lot. I think about it every single day. And on Monday, I am going to tell you what it is. I have three good reasons for doing this. The first one is plain and simple, God tells us to confess to one another (James 5:16).

Secondly, it's because of a quote that has been in my head for the last five years: