Every healthy organization needs several people in order to make it. You need a visionary leader...someone who can visualize the future and cast a compelling vision that people will follow.You need some strategy people that can take the vision and create the road map. These are the question askers, ...
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You've got sermons to write, a staff to lead, and people to help.  It's hard to step back and work ON the church when you're so busy working IN the church.  But working ON the church is what can make ministry more effective (and less stressful).ORGANIZING YOUR CHURCH DOESN'T HAVE TO BE COMPLICA ...
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The guy working at Waffle House on Saturday morning - the day I'm taking my daughter out to breakfast - has a "real" job. The guy working on spreadsheets in a cubicle all day, with only 45 minutes for lunch, has a real job. The underpaid school teacher and the soldier fighting in Iraq…they have re ...
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I used to tell people all the time that our church was driven by God but fueled by volunteers.  Here's a few things I learned about working with volunteers:1. People don't volunteer because they are bored. They are busy people with jobs, families and hobbies.  They don't have lots of time for mee ...
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Companies and non-profits alike frequently cite the pursuit of excellence as one of their goals. And they just as frequently cite the lack of money as an excuse for falling short.But excellence doesn't require a large budget. As a small business, you've got to learn to fake it till you make it, or b ...
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Here's my weekly list of some stuff I clipped into Evernote, starred in Google Reader or Favorited on Twitter.High Fructose Corn Syrup is trying to change it's name.  Like Prunes becoming Dried Plums.Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their resul ...
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Here are my notes from Necessary Endings, by Henry CloudToday might be the enemy of tomorrowThe good cannot begin until the bad endsEndings are a requirement for living and thrivingGrowth depends on PRUNING.When Jack Welch took over GE, he decided to get out of any market he couldn't dominate. And h ...
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You started off with a dream, passion and vision, but the idea has quickly become mundane amid the pressures of the everyday.  You struggle to find time to do the things that you ought to do.  You know you should step back and work ON it, but it's tough to get ahead.A big reason why you feel the w ...
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I don't know why exactly I feel the need to clarify this, but here goes...A couple of months ago, me and my family moved to Atlanta.  We've got our kids in a new school and we're really enjoying city living.But I did NOT move here to start a church, and I don't have any plans to start another churc ...
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If you’ve attended The Nines or any other online conference, you’ll know how this works.  This free online event is focused on church finances.  It’s called Fund Your Church Now and it takes places on October 20.  Here are the details:What is it? Fund Your Church Now is a FREE ...
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Here are my notes from week five of a series called Recovery Road, by Andy Stanley.  I took these notes at Buckhead Church this morning.We don't primarily have a financial crisis in this country; we have a discipline problem.There are two kinds of people: those that pay interest and those that make ...
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Here's a list of some of the stuff I starred in Google Reader, favorited on Twitter or clipped into Evernote.Hospitals in the UK have banned Crocs - those terrible plastic, sandal shoes.  Maybe the rest of the world will follow along.We can create faster than they can copy. - Walt Disneyi unapologe ...
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I added a new page at the top of this blog describing four workshops I've developed for you and your team. Those workshops are:The Right Seat on the Bus: You and your team will walk away with clear and meaningful job descriptions and knowledge of how their bottom line affects the overall mission of ...
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Yesterday, I shared with you I responded to the few people that said that the music was too loud.  Today, let me tell you how we respond to the few people who say that the teaching isn’t deep enough for them.  Keep in mind that this complaint is fairly rare.  Here’s my typical response to t ...
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Here are my notes from Buckhead Church last weekend, the fourth message in a series called Recovery Road by Andy Stanley.The Big Idea: Recovery begins with a declaration of dependence.Ten years ago, more prayers were prayed from New York than probably any other city on earth. Today, our natio ...
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