Here's a random observation.The higher level leader you are, the more resources you need in order to be effective.So the big mistake we make in churches (and business for that matter), is depleting the budget to bring in a high level leader, but have nothing left over for admin help or an operationa ...
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Recently, I finished a great book called The Education of Millionaires by Michael Ellsberg. Below are some of my notes.Do you want to chase degrees or do you want to chase success?Sir Ken Robison, author of The Element: How Finding Your Passion Chances Everything, says if an alien were to visit eart ...
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I know you've gotten a monday morning email saying the music was too loud, or somebody stopped you in the parking lot to complain that the previously free coffee is now too expensive. Maybe one person said your sermon didn't paint the whole picture or that your website wasn't clear on one particular ...
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My wife and I are saving money for a major financial purchase. We're trying to save a specific dollar amount as fast as we can - ideally, in the next year.So I hung up this calendar in our closet and my goal is to write a number in every box - the amount of money transferred to our Ally savings acco ...
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Engraved on the Statue of Liberty is a quote from a sonnet by Emma Lazarus. It reads, “Give me your tired, your poor. Your huddles masses yearning to breathe free.” Listen to the political rhetoric  on illegal immigration and you might wonder why some lawmakers haven’t climbed up the Statue o ...
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Michael Hyatt's new book Platform, was available on May 1. But he asked me not to buy it until the unofficial book launch, about three weeks later.Why would an author ask me NOT to buy his book?  It was all a part of the launch plan.Though I purchased the book and am looking forward to reading it, ...
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I'm a huge Andy Stanley fan. I read everything Tim Keller writes. And there are dozens of pastors, leaders and Christians I deeply respect.Because while they are incredible writers, leaders and pastors, they are not super-human or super Christian. They are husbands and fathers and friends. Parts of ...
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Masking tape was invented by a guy who worked for an auto body paint shop.Post It Notes weren't invented because someone was trying to invent the post it note.Some of the best ideas aren't totally out-of-the box, brand new thoughts, but a combination of two or more ideas. So it's not always a brand ...
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I'm cleaning out some of my domains and thought I'd see if any of my readers would be interested in purchasing them. Here's what's on the block.412students.comABrandNewChurch.compeopleinthemorning.comSavingLoop.comSmartPastors.comSoFarSoGod.comTheManGames.com / The ManGames.netYouCanKnowGod.comyourg ...
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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.The five deadly sins of bloggingBest post I've ever read from Carlos Whittaker on celebrity pastors.10 ways to encourage your pastor from Ben ReedThose who never make mistakes work for those ...
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In the front of my Moleskin notebook, I wrote a short statement that's my unofficial theme for the year.Speak less. Listen more.This is a challenge to me because I'm terrible at this. As a public speaker and writer, my weapons of choice are words. I'm sure I could get better at putting those words t ...
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The other day, I left Atlanta for Norfolk, Virginia on a Delta flight. As I stowed my carry on luggage and put my electronic in the off position (why don't they use normal language?), the captain came over the PA to convey some seemingly important information.He told me we'd be leaving from Runwa ...
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Churches are often great for helping people find places to serve. We've got spiritual gift tests, web forms, and volunteer expos that do a fantastic job at matching people's skills to the needs in the church. Here's some common volunteer needs:Teach childrenBe a greeterPlay in the bandSet up or tear ...
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A few weeks ago, I was visiting a church doing a Sunday morning evaluation for a church. In the evening, I spent some time with their key leaders talking about unity and just answering questions.One of the volunteer leaders asked me about how to recruit people to the prayer team she leads. She was p ...
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