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Flying in Formation

How’s your team?

Teams are critical to accomplish the mission God has called us to: a collection of people with shared passion and vision; a variety of skills, gifts and abilities; energy to propel us forward. There’s nothing better than a team flying in formation.

Yet, good teams don’t just happen. In the midst of purposeful work and rolling schedules, thinking about how to intentionally develop your teams can get pushed aside and eventually lead to breakdown in relationships, communication and effectiveness.

Don’t despair. We have a great resource to share with you; one that can help you lead your team to new heights. “Flying in Formation” provides almost two hours of training with a PowerPoint presentation and handbook for personal and team development – all this is free for you to access and use with your team. Continue Reading

When Life Takes a Turn…

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One year ago, I answered a phone call no parent wants to receive: “your son is unconscious and being taken by ambulance to a trauma hospital.” Jason, almost 20, had left our home a few hours earlier to play in a rugby game.

Our one-hour drive to the hospital was filled with silence and nervous energy as we anticipated the unknown. What would we find? What would our future hold? Continue Reading

The Power of a Single Question

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“What’s your greatest temptation?”

This question came to mind while praying for someone I was mentoring. Whether this question or another, great questions provide possibilities for awareness, growth and transformation. Specifically around the temptation question, I was convicted that this question is worth personal reflection for all Christ-followers and particularly critical for leaders.

Why the Temptation Question?
Scripture teaches that the enemy of God tempts God’s children. Remember his question to Eve in the garden, “Did God really say…?” (see Gen. 3). His tempting approach with Adam and Eve twisted truth, created confusion and communicated false promises. Continue Reading

A Breath of Fresh Air

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A reminder about purpose is like a fresh, invigorating breeze.

Have you experienced it? Feeling troubled, burdened, ashamed, confused or overwhelmed by the complexities of life and leadership, and then a word of encouragement or an idea blows through the fog and there’s a fresh assurance of purpose that brings clarity and hope.

Reminders about purpose are like a breath of fresh air. Continue Reading

Leveraging Your Limitations

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If only we had more ______________________ then we could ________________________.

If we had more funds then we could do more ministry. If we had more volunteers/leaders then we could have greater capacity. If we had more time then we could increase effectiveness.

Sooner or later we all face constraints. These constraints are often circumstances beyond control and it’s easy to feel like we are stuck or a helpless victim.

In A Beautiful Constraint, Adam Morgan and Mark Barden share story after story demonstrating that constraints can actually be leveraged to launch people and organizations into amazing breakthroughs. Here are two examples: Continue Reading

3 Ways to Sleep Sounder

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Endless studies powerfully demonstrate that our sleep, both the quality and quantity, is incredibly important to our health and everyday effectiveness.

There are many practical tips and helpful techniques to help us sleep, but we shouldn’t forget that there are also some important spiritual realities:

  • First, we are designed by God to require sleep.
  • Second, sleep is a reminder that we are not God. He doesn’t need to slumber or sleep (Psalm 121:4), but we need to sleep.
  • Third, when we sleep we are forced to relinquish control. In this act, we have the opportunity to choose to trust God to watch over all the pieces of our lives. As David wrote in Psalm 4:8, “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

To help you with the spiritual side of sleep, here are three questions that I seek to use each night before seeking rest: Continue Reading

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