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…

Leadership Improv

Leadership Improv Remember the TV show “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” It’s an improv show packed with wild and funny sketches, recorded in front of a live audience. The comedian actors and actresses are hilarious. The show came to the US from the UK if I recall. Both series are side-splitters. Leading any organization can…

Not Yet Convinced

Not Yet Convinced It looked the same… but I could tell it wasn’t. It was still green and slimy, but I could tell it was different. Most mornings my wife will make me what she calls a “smoothie”. Others call it “juicing”. It’s vegetables and a little fruit put into a Vitamix and blended into…