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 big bold print to read the entire article.)
(via @KarlVaters) Ouch. As a writer who wants to craft really eye-catching titles, this one hit home. And not in a good way. How can we frame the positive?
…[b]ut when an already-discouraged pastor reads a list telling them their church isn’t growing because they’re visionless, self-serving and petty, it doesn’t lift them up, it beats them down. Guilt doesn’t motivate, it discourages.
Besides, those petty attitudes aren’t true for us. Pastors who don’t care, don’t read church leadership blogs.
You know who is reading your blog? Good pastors. Hard-working pastors. Caring pastors. Discouraged pastors. Write with those pastors in mind.
(via @thisissethsblog) The ever-succinct Seth Godin nails it. Feel free to click through, but this is the whole enchilada.
Professionals take their work seriously. The work matters, the impacts and externalities are real.
On the other hand, we can’t take it personally. When someone rejects an idea, or if a project doesn’t succeed, we’ve learned a valuable lesson about strategy and about tactics, but it’s not a reflection on our worth as a human.
(via @laughingsquid) Well this is just…magic.
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