Here's a short list of some of the stuff I favorited on Twitter, starred in Google reader or clipped into Evernote:In his day, Billy Graham spent millions promoting himself and his crusades, all so people could come HEAR HIM TALK ABOUT GOD. - Donald Miller in Some Thoughts on Self PromotionJenni Cat ...
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A few weekends ago, I met a church planter who loved Jazz music so much that he was actually naming his church Jazz Church. When I asked about the meaning of the name, he shared a couple of interesting things with me. According to this church planter, Jazz started in one location and spread rather q ...
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We have three kids, which means that we've utilized the services of MANY babysitters over the years. But our favorite babysitter was not only loved by the kids, she was loved by us because of one very simple thing.She did the dishes.After the kids were asleep and she was left to her own, she took a ...
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All leaders must make decisions. And while there are nuances and determining factors that can make some decisions difficult, here's a simple formula for making good decisions most of the time.Information + Time = Good DecisionsGood leaders crave good information.That's because good informatio ...
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One of my favorite question in the world is "what do you want to be when you grow up?" I've asked that questions to college students and 80-year-olds and the responses are always amazing. Some people have no clue - other people have specific plans. Some people can't see past their unfulfilling day j ...
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The other day, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend six hours in the Atlanta airport. In between reading magazines and complaining about the wi-fi not being free, I jotted down a few thoughts about the similarities between churches and airports.#1 - It's takes a lot of people to run. Tick ...
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Here are ten questions that would be perfect for a staff meeting, lead team off-site, or personal reflections.What kind of people want to come to our church?What ministries are doing well?What ministries would we not start it we were doing it all again?Who is NOT coming to our church and why?Who are ...
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I'm not a Getting Things Done guru or an organizational genius, but over the years I've learned three important principles about to get things done.Prioritize. During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln once remarked "one war at a time." You're not going to be able to accomplish everything, so you ...
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A while ago, USA Today conducted an interview with John Grisham’s close friend Bill Ballard, who was the second person to read A Time to Kill.He said, " analyzed how best sellers were constructed, plot development, at what time readers would be engaged, at what time they would put the book down." ...
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Joe Sangl is one of my favorite people, and one of the few people I'd want to accompany to nine different cities or crash a Pentateuch-A-Thon.  I'll have to tell you that story soon. But for now, I want you to know Joe and his team at InJoy are putting on a FREE event in Charlotte on April 19.  Y ...
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In the January 16, 2012 edition of Forbes Magazine, Amity Shales issues A Plea to Clergy in an article of the same name, noting that the Catholic Church has changed some of the familiar language in the English-language mass.  She laments some of the changes made in her own religious practices.Shlae ...
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If you’re like most pastors and church leaders, there’s something about looking at the giving records of people that will make you uncomfortable. On the other hand, you want to know who your committed people are. There’s a big tension there.But that tension is a good thing.It means that your m ...
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Part one is here.  And here are two more things pastors should never say.6. I don't need to go to counseling. About a year ago, I started going to counseling. And about a year ago, I started wishing I had gone much, much sooner. As a pastor, I thought it was admitting weakness to go and talk ...
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I'm honored to play a very small part in launching two things today.  Super proud of both and wanted to let you know.First, this new resource from Giving Rocket is something that church leaders have needed for a long time.  It's a short, mailable booklet that THANKS givers for their donation.  It ...
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Here's part one in a two-part series of posts called Seven Things Pastors Should Never Say.  In full disclosure, many of these things were learned the hard way, because I said many of these things.  So with that apology out in the open, here's the list:1. We're not here to reach churched people ...
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