How to Get Ahead

How to “GET AHEAD” “How did this happen?” Those were the first words of my day as I looked at a split screen of my calendar and my journal. Have you ever had an “aha” moment that stopped you in your tracks and made you realize that you are off course? That was my 6am…

Getting Simple

Getting Simple Have you seen the dashboard in a new car? Recently, I sat in a brand-new vehicle with what looked like the cockpit of an airplane. The person explaining it to me was very excited. According to him this car could: Connect to my phone and all the contacts I have Play my music, connect…

Culture is Everything

Culture is Everything Mark and his team planted a church not too long ago. But even before they officially launched the church, a culture was beginning to form. Culture is everything. As Mark’s launch team grew, he cast vision, he formed relationships, and he developed priorities and timelines for everything from finances to community involvement. For…

Busy? Or burned out?

Busy? Or burned out? It’s interesting how often we hear, or say, “I’m so busy!” For some, it’s like a badge of honor. I heard a short comedy sketch by a former Second City comedian. She acted out this skit for us (she played both parts, and of course it was much longer, but here’s…

Crawling Backwards

Crawling Backwards Sarah, a Pastor friend of mine, has an 8 month old daughter. I love that age! It seems like there is something new every day for a child between 8 and 18 months old. So I asked Sarah, “What is your baby learning to do now?” She said, “Lately she has learned how…

Power of Assumptions

The Power of Assumptions I read a study recently on YouVersion about Joshua’s leadership. And, some leadership assumptions he made. You may recall the story – Joshua leads the Israelites into the land of Canaan and they come to the city of Jericho. To take the city – as God had promised the land to…

Motivating Your Team

Three Principles to Motivate Your Team A great exercise for us in leading our teams is to step back and evaluate the motivation of our team members. Are they: – Distracted?   – Tired?   – Busy?   – Discouraged? It’s so easy for us to slip into a demotivated mode. Maybe the first thing…