Apple tried hard to create simple products that were easy to use, controlling every aspect of the user interface in order to keep things simple. Thom Rainer says churches who focus on doing a few things well are more effective than churches who have a wide variety of programs.  Some of the best des ...
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On Thanksgiving Day, I ran a half-marathon.  I've NEVER run that far...in fact, the farthest I ran in preparation for this event was 5 miles.  My time was more in line with the length of a directors cut version of Avatar, but I finished.  Here are a few things I learned along the way:If you need ...
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If you look at church attendance trends, you will begin to notice that attendance often grows and declines with the season.  While there are stand-alone high days (like Easter), and certain spikes or declines attributed to specific events (move to the movie theater or staff member leaving), it’s ...
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God is love. That’s milk.God is love, but God’s wrath is poured out on sinners. That’s meat.Pray for the missionaries. That’s milk.Live on mission. That’s meat.Feel the Spirit. That’s milk.Wrestle with the Trinity. That’s meat.Be a kind person. That’s milk.Sacrificially give and be a ...
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I believe there are two questions that every leader must ask himself all the time. These two questions should make it to team meetings and fill many of your discussions. Here they are.Question #1: Why?Why are we doing this? Why is it priced this way? Why do we just accept this as normal? Why ...
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Here's a weekly rundown of stuff I starred in Google Reader, favorited on Twitter or clipped into Evernote.This is one of the best blog posts I've ever read. It's from Mark Gungor and talks about Christian music, Zombies and drinking alcohol.  A must-read.Seth Godin says we should learn how to say ...
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I am absolutely convinced that one of the most important things any public speaker can do is find his or her unique voice.There are enough preachers trying to sound like Mark Driscoll, Francis Chan, Tim Keller or John Piper. We don't need any more business leaders trying to present like Steve Jobs.I ...
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In 2009, we created a unique classroom environment in our church designed to teach people some of the truths of the Christian faith, including some of the "deeper" topics we weren't able to cover on Sunday morning or in small groups.  These 4, 6 or 8 week classes met a great need for Biblical teach ...
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While many leaders are full of vision and passion, they lack an effective strategy to accomplish their mission. That leads to a feeling of disorganization, and ultimately, a sense of being stuck. Here are three reasons why your organization might be stuck:1. You’re focusing on bigger versus be ...
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I'm going to start sending my best stuff to those who have subscribed to the mailing list, so if you're not one of the cool kids, here's your chance.  Join the list now.   I send one email a week. ...
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Auto loans.This isn't the worst kind of loan you can get, but cars (unlike most houses) depreciate in value over time.  That means you're paying money for something that's going down in value, and when it's all said and done, you'll have something worth considerably less than when you starte ...
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They are busy people who think about church stuff all week like you do.  People don't volunteer because they are bored.  They don't have lots of time for meetings, and they don't read all the emails you send.They need clear directions.  A written job description would be appreciated.  Let them k ...
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I may not be the typical church attender, but that's exactly what I've been for the last five or six months.  For the first time since high school, I've simply been attending church.  I haven't been the one delivering the sermons; I've been the ones listening to them.  I've been jotting down n ...
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Forest Gump is one of my favorite movies of all time. But did you know that Chevy Chase was first in line for the leading role. Can you imagine Chevy Chase saying "Jen-Nay" or "Mamma always said…."Me neither.There was an early script of Back to the Future, where the time machine was a refrigerator ...
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After taking a break for a few weeks, Friday returns with a new list of stuff I starred, a run down of some of the things I starred in Google Reader, clipped into Evernote, or favorited on Twitter.Jonathan Dodson talks about the discipleship crisis in the church, in this Gospel-focused post.Harper C ...
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