It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the bold print to read the entire article.)
A Year Ago Today We Got A Diagnosis. (via @JackClayton21) Clayton (and Kristen, Cara, & Susan) were a part of my staff team until they helped plant The Bridge in Wilmington. Their story is one of pain, of grace, of uncertainty, and of God’s faithfulness. Read it and rejoice.
We spent the weekend in mourning. We felt like on Good Friday we were given a death sentence for our daughter. There was a genetic diagnosis, and that meant continual decline and no hope for improvement. At the time, Kristen was 35 weeks pregnant with our younger daughter Susan, so we also feared that with a genetic diagnosis, Susan’s health may also be affected.
I remember driving home from an Easter Brunch and egg hunt at our friends’ house and Kristen bursting into tears and saying “we don’t even have an Easter basket for her, and we don’t know if she is going to have another Easter.” We went to Food Lion on the way home and bought the only basket we could find and candy so Cara could have an Easter Basket.
Programming vs Personalizing Leadership Development. (via @TonyMorganLive) Good words here for churches of all sizes. How are you doing at development?
Schedule quarterly leadership training meetings for full-time staff; be sure to include long, detailed teachings on generic leadership principles.
Another teaching probably isn’t going to create a culture of leadership development. To actually change the culture, invest quality time and resources into key staff and lay leaders. Create opportunities for them to implement the skills they are learning.
This is literally the biggest burger in the world. At the Clinton Station Diner in Clinton, NJ, they allow teams of no more than 10 people an hour to eat a burger that is 105 pounds, 28 inches in diameter, and 11.5 inches tall. I’ll do the math for you — that’s about 10.5 pounds of food per person. A cash prize of $5,000 is awarded to teams that accomplish the feat, but so far no one has defeated this challenge.