Published: 2 years ago

Appeal to Mission

Last week I stumbled across an email from Austin Stone Community Church in Texas. Downtown Campus Pastor Tyler David was making a plea to his campus, asking them to consider parking in a new remote lot in an attempt to lessen the traffic load …

Published: 2 years ago

Flashback Friday: All Things to All People?

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   The Apostle Paul was rather infamous for opening up a can o’ worms. You can hardly fault him. I mean, what …

Published: 2 years ago

To My Daughter on Her First Day of Kindergarten

Haven, The day is here. When you came into our lives a little over four years ago, I knew there would be milestones like this one: your first steps. Your first crush. Your first dance. But for right now, right here, this one is …

Published: 2 years ago

Don’t Divide Your Volunteers

Not long ago our five year old daughter lost her first tooth. Because we’re parents who are given to much childhood whimsy, we explained the concept of the Tooth Fairy and encouraged her to stash that incisor under her pillow. But because we’re also …

Published: 2 years ago

Less is More

We’re at the beginning of another school year, campers, which means that last night I spent the equivalent of four presidential administrations filling out paperwork. Lots of paperwork. Tons and tons of paperwork. Enough paperwork that at 10:30 Al Gore called me and said to …

Published: 2 years ago

Just One

Just one inattentive volunteer isn’t enough to turn a guest away. Just one dirty restroom probably won’t cause someone to second guess your church. Just one poorly-executed seating situation isn’t likely to turn someone off from returning. Just one kids’ worker who seems less-than-kid-friendly probably …

Published: 2 years ago

Flashback Friday: Why You Shouldn’t Serve The Church

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   You don’t have to live in Church World very long before you realize that Professional Church People are pretty intent on …

Published: 2 years ago

Thursday Three For All

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.)   Brothers, Serve in the Nursery. (via @scemadi, @TGC) …

Published: 2 years ago

“The Church is the Only Place Where I Get a Hug”

She meant it as a throwaway comment. I don’t think she grasped the weight of the words that just came out of her mouth. I overheard it in a breakout session after a training for this particular church’s guest service team. I was sitting …

Published: 2 years ago

Standing in the Shadow of the Kingdom

If you’re a regular reader, you’re well aware of my love of all things Disney. I love the parks, I love the culture, I love their obsessive attention to detail and their fastidious commitment to serving guests well. That’s why the following story is so …

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