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In Matthew 5:48, Jesus told people, "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Simple enough. If Jesus said it, it must be something we're supposed to do. Perfect. It sounded so...born-again. Such an apt summary of everything else I was trying to be....read more
For several years, I worked with a ministry that put on retreats for Christian leaders to learn practices that would nurture their spiritual formation - most for the very first time. I watched many of these leaders experience the transformation that comes from these...read more
Have you ever experienced a challenge that compelled you to reach deep into your soul in search of the resources you needed to meet it? You feel equipped to deal with the challenge, but when you reach into that space - hunting for wisdom and answers - there's nothing...read more
Today’s blog entry is from Janet Logan, who blogs regularly on children and spirituality at childcenteredspirituality.com. “My name is Drew and I am 15 years old. I was in Confident Kids from 4th-6th grade and I loved it. I was able to get my problems out and talk...read more
If you enjoy reading good blogs, I recommend checking out the blog written by Alexi George, pastor, teacher, and writer serving in India. In this recent post "4 Fears of a Church Planter," he shares some common fears of church planters with refreshing honesty: 1. Do I...read more
I live in Pasadena near the oldest freeway in the country-- the 110. In the oldest section of that freeway, they have stop signs just before you enter the freeway. There’s a stop sign, then you have literally 50 feet to get onto the freeway. You have to sit there at a...read more
Michael Gatlin, pastor of Duluth Vineyard and director of Multiply Vineyard, follows the practice of “investing where you see things growing.” When you see a particular harvest field yielding good crops, how can you send in more workers to tend and harvest that...read more
Everybody gets to play-- that’s one of my favorite sayings from the Vineyard movement. But here’s a question: If everybody gets to play, where’s the playbook? What are the little pieces that you can help people with so they can participate more easily? Here are two...read more
A while back I was thinking of ways to make training more easily reproducible, and I came up with the idea of video clip training. Basically, you identify the material you need to cover and break it down into little units. Do a 3-5 minute video clip for each unit to...read more
When I’m coaching people, I’ve found this question to be extremely helpful. By encouraging people to reflect on what has worked for them in the past, how God has blessed them up until now, and where they have seen fruit, they quite often have insights that give them...read more
I began coaching a leader in a growing organization recently and he came to an important realization: what had been working for leadership development and discipleship in the past wasn’t working as well anymore. Some of the dynamics had changed since the organization...read more
We need to regularly ask the questions: “What are the long-term effects of this decision?” and, “What might be the unintended consequences of this decision?” For example, if you try to solve your shortage of church planters by recruiting, it has the long-term (and...read more