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Hope Chest

Hope Chest

When Janet and I were engaged, she wanted a hope chest. In typical entrepreneurial fashion, I built her one from scratch without plans. Plans might take too long, so I just started with some lumber and built as I went. It turned out beautifully—a pine hope chest, one...

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Lesson #3: Don’t freak out

Note:  See December 27 entry for back story. A third lesson learned from our Argentinean driver was this:  Stay calm and don’t lose focus. He showed grace under pressure:  continually on the speaker phone or talking with his wingman as he navigated the streets and...

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Lesson #2: Strategic flexibility

Lesson #2: Strategic flexibility

Note:  See December 27 entry for back story. The destination was incredibly clear: the international airport across the city. The destination never changed. But the pathways of seeking to get there varied wildly. Our driver did a fancy left turn and went through some...

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Lesson #1:  You need a wingman

Lesson #1: You need a wingman

Note:  See December 27 entry for back story. One lesson I learned from my Argentinean driver was simply to team up. While Janet and I sat in the back, our driver brought along a helper in the passenger seat. His passenger basically acted as a wingman, dealing with...

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Lessons from an Argentinean driver

Lessons from an Argentinean driver

“This is worst I have ever seen it. This traffic is the worst in my life.”  These were the words of our very experienced driver as we tried to make our way across Buenos Aires to the international airport. Janet and I were celebrating our anniversary in Argentina...

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Merry Christmas!

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let’s incarnate him in such a way that others will experience the reality of Jesus… not only in this season but in the coming year.  Pray that the reason he came would be increasingly realized in the lives of those around us, so...

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Finding the Flow

Finding the Flow

My colleague Tara Miller has a book out on small groups called Finding the Flow. If any of your churches are working on this area, I suggest you check it out.  Far from taking a programmatic or model-based approach, this book works just as well for missional groups as...

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Working alongside local non-profit groups

I have the following story from Rich Earl: In an effort to combine the power of coaching with a missional/incarnational approach to ministry, a fellow pastor and I have volunteered to provide free coaching services for a local non-profit group in our city. We are only...

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The high jump

Where should we set the bar in training people to do ministry? It’s tempting to set the bar too high too fast. An athlete training for the high jump wouldn’t start with the bar seven feet high. He or she would start much lower and then work their way up with...

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Coming alongside missional leaders as a coach

Below is a meditation on coaching missional leaders that I originally published in Christian Coaching Magazine. As I think back on it, the material seems even more relevant now. More and more of my coaching lately has involved coming alongside missional leaders. Over...

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Roger’s processing

In the recovery community where I volunteer I was recently giving a brief presentation on dealing with our emotions, then we broke off into smaller groups to talk about how to apply the lesson. Roger (not his real name) was in my group. Roger is always quiet and...

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Bring your team

I attended a conference recently where some people came as individuals and others came with teams from their churches. One group came with a team of seven people. Although they did some arguing along the way, they will go back with quite a bit of focused interaction...

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