It's Monday.Which means your twitter stream will fill up with tweets from pastors citing something called the holy hangover.What is the holy hangover? It's the Monday-morning feeling of emptiness that comes from preaching your heart out. It's coming down from somewhat of a spiritual rush. It's a rea ...
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A friend started a list of all the church planting networks, and asked me if I knew of any more. Since everybody is smarter than somebody, I thought I would post the list and ask for your help. What's missing?Acts 29StadiaNew Thing NetworkARC – Association of Related ChurchesOrchard GroupNational ...
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The other day, I conducted a little experiment. I decided to make identical donations to both Presidential candidates to see how easy it was. Here's what I learned.It NEVER occurred to me to try and find my local campaign headquarters to make a donation - I went straight to the web. Digital is my de ...
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I recently finished reading a free Google eBook called ZMOT: Zero Moment of Truth. And while I was reading it for business purposes, I couldn't help think about what it means for churches.Here are some notes from the ZMOT:For companies, the first moment of truth is when a customer grabs a pro ...
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Here is my two minute book review and my raw notes from The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Businessby Patrick Lencioni.And here are my RAW notes:Leaders sometimes have three biases-1. The sophistication bias - leaders who think simple things aren't important2. The adr ...
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In late 2011, while returning from lunch to an important meeting, I asked my friend Casey if he thought a person on the street corner would give us a dollar for no particular reason at all. Thirty minutes later, we were in a semi-crowded Starbucks testing our financial and sociological idea.The idea ...
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Andy Stanley continued the Christian series today.  Here are my notes.If you're a "just grace" person, there's always going to be something missing.  If you're a "just truth" person, there's always going to be something missing.  Jesus was the embodiment of grace and truth, and as the body of Chr ...
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After a dozen years as a youth pastor and six years as a church planter and Lead Pastor, I've learned a lot about myself. Part of that process involved being honest about what I truly wanted, which made me wonder if more pastors don't have these secret desires, too.. Here's my humble list of three t ...
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Target was originally founded in 1902 as the Dayton Dry Good Company. Since then, the company has changed their name (adopting the name of it's most successful division in 2000) and become the second largest discount retailer in the United States.  Here's a little more about the retail store.I reme ...
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I heard Andy Stanley once say that sermons without systems won't lead to life change.  Sure, sermons are important, but without a systematic plan to move people into community, sermons will just become information over time.  Like pipes in a wall, systems and structure is the vehicle that takes pa ...
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Evernote.  Things.  And Dropbox.  Three tools I use to stay organized and synced.And like most people, I use email and a calendar program on a daily basis.  These round out my main tech tools.Email isn't really advanced technology, and there are many programs you can use. But here are a few thin ...
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No technology or organizational tool is perfect, and no tool on it's own will make much of a difference.  But when you learn to leverage tools properly, and stick with them over time, they can really help you stay organized and get stuff done.  So far, I've talked to you about Evernote and Things. ...
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This week, I'm sharing a little bit about the tools I use to stay organized.  Yesterday, I talked about Evernote.  The second tool in my organizational tool belt is a task manager called THINGS.I use Things to manage tasks. This is important, because I don't believe action steps should stay in you ...
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Here are my notes from Buckhead Church on Sunday, April 15, 2012. Andy Stanley continued a series called "Christian."The introduction recapped where the series had been, bringing back the principle in John 13:35. Jesus didn't ask people to be Christians...He asked people to be followers.There's a gr ...
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There are a ton of tools that will help you track stuff, accomplish stuff, and organize stuff. But for most of us, tools mean nothing.Tools have the potential to be helpful helpful, but it's how you use them that really makes the difference. Said another way, the existence of tools doesn't build any ...
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