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SWOT

Posted in Church, Discipleship, Leadership on August 21, 2008 by Scott

In business we often have these meetings where we strategize and give everything an acronym. The intent is there but we can make what needs to be simple much too complex.

But here is one that I think can be applied to our lives…

SWOT…Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats

As you look at your life (no separation between spiritual and other because everything is spiritual), use these four areas to assess where you are and what plan you have. Here are some examples…

S…disciplined; passion for the Word; gets things done; intense

W…trust (people are stupid and they lie); critical; corporate church involvement (prefer to wander or troubleshoot on my own terms); control-freak; can struggle with lust

O…serve on local soccer board and coach, so I have involvement with parents who need to see a faith lived out; attend local church with high percentage of unbelievers and new believers that are not discipled; daughters attend small Christian school

T…intense and high-profile position in company; relationships with others that are unhealthy (personally and those of my family)

Take some time this week and ask God to show you some things in these areas…then perhaps you can plan to act on what you see.

New Rules

Posted in Christianity, Church, God, Leadership, Religion on August 13, 2008 by Scott

There are some new rules for church in case you haven’t heard…it only took 3,000 years…

CINCINNATI – The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has issued a detailed list of inappropriate behaviors for priests, saying they should not kiss, tickle or wrestle children.

The newest version of the archdiocese’s Decree on Child Protection also prohibits bear hugs, lap-sitting and piggyback rides.

But it says priests may still shake children’s hands, pat them on the back and give high-fives.

My pastor is going to be so bummed…

So if you could make/remove one rule for church, what would it be?

Full of It

Posted in Christianity, Church, Leadership, Megachurch, Religion on August 11, 2008 by Scott

Shameless plug for our Senior Pastor, Craig Groeschel.

From Amazon.com….When Craig Groeschel founded LifeChurch.tv, the congregation met in a borrowed two-car garage, with ratty furnishings and faulty audiovisual equipment. But people were drawn there, sensing a powerful, life-changing force Groeschel calls It.

What is It, and how can you and your ministry get and keep IT. Combining in-your-face honesty with off-the-wall humor, this book tells how any believer can obtain It, get It back, and guard It.

One of today’s most innovative church leaders, Groeschel provides profile interviews with Mark Driscoll, Perry Noble, Tim Stevens, Mark Batterson, Jud Wilhite, and Dino Rizzo.

This lively book will challenge churches and their leaders to maintain the spiritual balance that results in experiencing It in their lives.

For more on IT, click here.

Who is the Ringmaster?

Posted in Christianity, Faith, God, Leadership, Relationships, Religion on June 19, 2008 by Scott

Just finished reading a book entitled “Juggling Elephants,” by Jones Loflin and Todd Musig.

The book follows the fictiuous story of a business man who attends the circus with his family, only to realize that his life is a circus as well. The moral to the story is that he needs to do a better job of juggling his own three ring circus, which includes work, family, and “me-time.”

As I finished the book I thought…. “Yeah, I need to get more balance of my life.  Sometimes I am juggling elephants. There is too much to do and not enough time. What I need is more control.”

SCREECHING HALT!

Control? That is a bad word for someone like me. I have a hard time with anyone else having any sort of control over what I do.

I’d like to be able to give it up to God and let him be the Ringmaster. Who better to plan the “acts” that come and go through our lives?

Admittedly, most of the time I can’t. I make excuses such as “I’m just wired this way” or I spend the majority of my day in a leadership position, so I can’t just turn-if-off. But the reality is that I am too weak to give up control.

Man… this is something I really need to work on or I’m looking at a lifetime full of juggling elephants.

Are You The One

Posted in Culture, Discipleship, Faith, Leadership, Relationships on May 7, 2008 by Scott

It often only takes one person with a God-placed desire for other people to change the world, and age is irrelevant…well maybe not. Maybe the young identify more with a 13-year old Jesus teaching in the temple.

What if we follow this young lady’s example…can we start a food bank and feed the hungry…can we clothe those in need…can we adopt the parentless.

What is your desire to change the world?

(Denver, Colorado)—One day when Kristi Burton was 13-years-old and nursing a cold at home, she read a book on community service while watching the 2000 elections on television. “It just came to me,” said Burton, of the out-of-the-blue call to defend the unborn that day. “I prayed about it and knew God was calling me to do it.” (Photo: Nathan W. Armes/The Denver Post )

Now 20, Burton is the leader of a Colorado “personhood” ballot initiative to define a constitutionally protected person as “any human being from the moment of fertilization.”

According to a report in the Denver Post, Burton thinks the organization she started with her family, Colorado for Equal Rights, is close to having the 76,000 voter signatures needed by May 13 to trigger a statewide vote on a constitutional amendment.

Keith Mason, a founder of Michigan Citizens for Life, said: “In Colorado, we’re a small grassroots campaign started by a 19-year- old. I relish that. Kristi is exactly what we needed. She is a breath of fresh air. She has a pure heart. Her quiet demeanor wins people over.”

Burton acknowledges that her up-bringing (she was home-schooled) had a great deal to do with her passion for the unborn. “My mom had a broader, more compassionate perspective on how people make the decision to have an abortion,” she said. “It’s not just about the child, she’d say. It’s about the mother, too.”

“She’s an incredible leader for her young age,” said Judie Brown of the Virginia-based American Life League. “It took one person to get the campaign started in Colorado. I was surprised but gratified by her age.”

A Bigot in the Pulpit

Posted in Christianity, Culture, Faith, Leadership, Politics on March 19, 2008 by Scott

aobama_p1.jpgBy now most have read or heard comments made by Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ, which claims to be “unashamedly black and unapologetically Christian.” It proclaims it’s a church of “an African people, who remain ‘true to our native land,’ the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.”

My guess is most were born in America.

He has previously made comments like this…

“We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye,” he yelled. “We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strikes law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God d— America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people. God d— America for treating our citizens as less than human. God d— America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”

In 2007, he offered the “Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award” to a man who “truly epitomized greatness,” anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam.

Did Barack Obama skip church on these many Sundays? Obama has professed, “I don’t think my church is actually particularly controversial.” He said Rev. Wright “is like an old uncle who says things I don’t always agree with.”

I commend Obama for not walking out on a friendship but Barack Obama looks phony. Either he missed all of these sermons or his faith doesn’t match his church attendance record, or he sincerely thinks that these sermons are part of a pleasant Sunday worship experience.

When are we responsible for where we worship? If your pastor is an idiot, are you a disciple of an idiot?

Plan B

Posted in Culture, Leadership, Marriage on March 7, 2008 by Scott

planb.jpgWe all have them…alternatives in case something doesn’t pan out. Dinner, jobs, cars, churches, dogs, presidents, whatever…it’s our Plan B. Well, I recently read that every relationship I have…everything I love, should do two things…bring glory to God and bring honor to my marriage.

So I was thinking about careers and jobs and margins, and wondering if mine brought glory to God, moreover did it bring honor to my marriage.

I mean it has either hurt or helped my marriage but it hasn’t left it alone. And if it hasn’t helped, why am I hanging on? When our jobs don’t bring glory to God or we don’t bring glory to God through how we do our job, or we don’t bring honor to our marriage, do we hang on because of Plan B?

Do I have a Plan B…?

I read a study one time that said the biggest concern with both spouses working was that it eroded the bond of mutual dependence that God intended between husband and wife…it fed Plan B.

I’ve realized I’m an addict…my addiction is self-addiction. That means I don’t really have a Plan B, it’s just my Plan A doesn’t really include anyone else.

So as God changes my Plan A to have others matter, and it glorifies him and honors my marriage, I want to sell-out to it…because I’m not sure we can die to Plan A with a Plan B.