Greater Expectations

December 1, 2016 | Posted by Dominic Rivkin

So here’s how I imagine things went down: John the Baptizer is locked up in a tiny cell. In the deep darkness of this smelly prison, he wonders what has gone wrong. He adjusts his itchy camel-hair tunic and paces back and forth, playing the whole thing over in his head. This crazy call to […]

 

Be Great At What You’re Great At

September 19, 2016 | Posted by Jeff Meyer

What does Café Du Monde in New Orleans’ French Market, and Hudsons Hamburgers in Coeur d’Alene have in common? Nothing and everything. They know the one thing they do best, and they do it with relentless determination. They have managed over the years to not get distracted by the pull toward the multiplicity of options. They are […]

 

Three Ways to Keep Your Congregation Focused ...

September 15, 2016 | Posted by Todd Jones

As a motorcycle rider, I love leaning my bike into a nice tight, banked curve. Those who don’t ride, and inexperienced riders, may not realize that riding the curves is more of a mental exercise than a technical skill. Yes, you have to know how to control the machine. However, the brain, more precisely, the […]

 

Three Things My Garbage Man Taught Me About L...

August 22, 2016 | Posted by Tom Eggebrecht

There’s a little boy in our neighborhood named Mateo. Mateo loves the garbage truck. Twice a week, when the garbage men come, Mateo runs outside and waves at them. When Mateo runs outside to wave to the garbage men, they always wave back and salute. One day last week Mateo’s mom had a devastating day. […]

 

Five Questions Good Leaders Ask Themselves Wh...

August 12, 2016 | Posted by Peter Kelm

Leaders make decisions. They need to be decisive. They need to be confident in their decisions. But when the evidence mounts, they need to be able to say, “That was a bad decision.” We’ve all been there. We misread the situation. We looked at the wrong metrics. We improperly judged another’s motivation. Our strategy was […]

 

Understanding Church Attendance Patterns

August 11, 2016 | Posted by Todd Jones

At one time we simply accepted as obvious that regular worship attendance meant that a person missed only when they were forced to by unforeseen circumstances. Like gentle waves on the ocean, attendance would rise and fall ever so slightly. Rather than the calm seas of the past, we live in times of rough seas. […]