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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 big bold print to read the entire article.)

 

They Ain’t Comin’

(via @deaninserra) Gold. Solid gold. Dean’s “disclaimers and apologies” promises is worth the price of the post.

I truly feel bad for a pastor who believes that if his church simply changes the style of its worship service, unbelievers are going to start coming on Sunday morning. For many, this has and continues to be a type of strategy to get non-Christians to church. While I am all for seeing unbelievers come to hear the gospel and just the thought of it excites me, I have never understood the logic behind efforts to attract those who are non-Christians to come to a church service.

I fear that the church is setting herself up for disappointment when this is the vision that is cast. Personally, I don’t know an unbeliever who is likely to attend a church service, with very occasional exceptions. These would be after a tragedy – when many claimed Christian faith after the events of 9/11/01 –- or on Mother’s Day, because it would “mean so much to Nana.” Unbelievers aren’t coming for any of the reasons churches think they might.

 

89% of Employees are Demotivated by Ineffective Managers and Leaders

(via @leadershipfreak) This one is going to sting a little.

98% of employees who have good leaders are motivated to do their best. Only 11% of employees with ineffective managers felt motivated to give their best.*The magic question:

Improvement stops when people believe they’ve reached the level of “acceptable” performance.Challenge people to reach for the next level by asking a simple question.

“How do we take this to the next level?”

I’ve been asking teams this question. It works.

 

A Truly Impressive Handmade Rube Goldberg Machine

(via @laughingsquid) I found that it’s best to watch this with the sound up. But if your kids are fluent in Japanese and those guys are actually cursing, I cannot be held responsible.

 

photo credit: Jason Mathis

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