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Up willow creek without a paddle

Up willow creek without a paddle

Remember when Willow Creek was all the rage? Everyone else began looking to the seeker service as the silver bullet. Yet what they didn’t see was all the foundational work of intentional relationship building before seekers were brought to the service. There was a lot...

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Discipleship and the story of Andrew

Discipleship and the story of Andrew

I like the story of Andrew:   Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he...

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The emotional tollbooth

The emotional tollbooth

The emotional tollbooth is a term coined by David Nicholson, founding pastor of Open Door Church in Noblesville, Indiana, as his church was going through the Natural Church Development (NCD) process. The first step in the process is taking a survey designed to point...

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Cheeseburger, cheeseburger

Cheeseburger, cheeseburger

When you approach something from a consultant perspective, you need to see what the church needs... not just your area of specialty. Instead, a good consultant sorts out their needs and approaches the situation appropriately, referring to the appropriate tools for the...

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Outputs vs. outcomes

Outputs vs. outcomes

One of the things I’ve learned in consulting is helping people make the shift from focusing on outputs to focusing on outcomes. What’s the difference? Outputs are related to the activity you’re doing. Outcomes are focused on the results you want to get. An example of...

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Resource Zone International

Resource Zone International

Today I want to draw your attention to a great collection of resources at Resource Zone International. The downloadable files are so easy to use and there are a huge number of resources available-- often in ministry-specific areas such as: Conflict resolution Breaking...

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The impact of compassion

The impact of compassion

My friend Mark Fields went overseas with The Vineyard Missions to The Philippines. While he was there, he had the opportunity to go visit a marginalized people group who were Muslim in background and not recognized by the government. Because they don’t have birth...

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What do you say when you dedicate a baby?

What do you say when you dedicate a baby?

What do you say when you dedicate a baby? Or baptize one, depending on your tradition? What might God be trying to say through that ceremony? What passages of scripture might be appropriate to share? I was asked to do a baby dedication recently and was thinking...

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The Practices of a Barnabas

The Practices of a Barnabas

I talk about Barnabas a lot. He’s one of my favorite biblical characters… probably because he functions as a behind-the-scenes coach empowering others. I heard a talk that Bubba Justice gave on the practices of a Barnabas, taken from his study of the book of Acts....

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Taking the long view

Taking the long view

We've all heard the expression, “We overestimate what we can do in one year and significantly underestimate what can be accomplished in three years.” We tend to be overly ambitious for what can happen in a year. We raise expectations-- our own and those of others--...

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