The Art of Neighboring

October 31, 2016 in Pastor's Perspective

the-art-of-neighboring-smlThe Art of Neighboring is a clarion call to something that is basic but forgotten in today’s world—loving our neighbors. Pathak and Ruyon challenge us to take that call literally—develop real relationships with the people who live right around us.

At first as I read through it, I thought “this is so basic—nothing really new here.” However, as I started thinking about actually acting on what was said, and what the status of my relationships with my neighbors really looked like, I found myself rethinking that. (more…)

Leading Change

October 7, 2016 in Leaders Tips Videos

Leading change is never easy, but there is one key ingredient that is often overlooked when it comes to leading change that lasts.



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If you are a leader, at some point you are going to be in an organization that needs to change, it always happens, nothing lasts forever. And one of your challenges as a leader is learning how to lead change well. (more…)

The Catalyst Leader

September 30, 2016 in Pastor's Perspective

the-catalyst-leader-smlIn The Catalyst Leader, Brad Lomenick does a great job of outlining the key qualities leaders need if they are going to really be change makers and outlines the challenges leaders face when trying to step into that calling.

I was particularly captured by this sentence: John Maxwell says people will describe your life in one sentence—so what is the sentence you want people to use to describe you when you leave this world? (more…)

Gaining By Losing

September 22, 2016 in Pastor's Perspective

gaining-smlI really loved J.D. Greear’s Gaining by Losing. I also found it very challenging and found myself reconnecting with some deep convictions that I have carried for years regarding the purpose of the church. At the end of the day, making disciples is what we are called to do; everything else we do ultimately needs to serve that purpose.

I have sought for many years to encourage and equip believers to engage with the people around them who don’t know Jesus. It’s one of the most challenging tasks any church leader can take on. (more…)

Borrowed Discipline

September 14, 2016 in Leaders Tips Videos

Borrowing money isn’t usually a good idea. But there is one thing you can borrow that will change your life! Discipline is the best thing to borrow…



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I was often told growing up that I should not borrow anything, especially money, because you didn’t want to be in debt, and borrowing was just a bad idea. And I think that’s generally true, but I found there is one thing I can borrow that can be life changing. (more…)

Own the Room

September 2, 2016 in Pastor's Perspective

I was challenged by Own the Room. The language and approach is different from what I am used to, so I had to really think about the material.

As I worked through it, there was one particular idea I took hold of and am thinking more about: how we all have a default way of communicating, one that is natural to us and has probably been effective in different situations. (more…)

Give and Take

August 10, 2016 in Pastor's Perspective

I was somewhat surprised by the number of nuances covered in Give and Take.

I think I expected a basic “giving is good, taking is bad” kind of approach. But there is a lot more involved, and for anyone wanting to understand better how people operate, this book has a lot to offer. (more…)