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Is Your Face Hurting You?

Middle school Danny was always a big fan of the is your face hurting you? question. If you’re not familiar with 7th grade boy jokes, let’s dig in: Is your face hurting you? Because it’s killing me! Lame middle school jokes aside, anytime your face goes …

Published: 1 day agoNew

Are Your Volunteers Instruments of Change?

Maybe you’ve noticed a phenomenon taking over your volunteer teams. It’s one that will suck the life out of your people and zap the personal touch from your systems. Too often our volunteers enter into robo-mode: hand out the worship guide. Park the car. …

Published: 2 days agoNew

Multiply: What’s Next?

I recognize that most of my readers are from outside the walls of The Summit Church, so this post may feel a little like reading someone else’s mail (spoiler: it kind of is). But this weekend was a watershed moment for our church. We …

Published: 5 days ago

Flashback Friday: Nobody Brags About Being Mary

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   I have a love / hate relationship with Luke 10. If you know the latter part of that chapter, then you’re …

Published: 6 days ago

Thursday Three For All: To-Do Lists, Podfasters, and David Letterman’s “Childhood Friends”

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.)   Your To-Do List Is Not A …

Published: 1 week ago

Feeling Disconnected? Here’s a Fix.

Whatever size church you attend, there will come a point where you feel left out. Unknown. Like you don’t have the friendships and relationships you’re craving. Feeling connected isn’t correlated to size. It seems counterintuitive, but connection is not a size issue. You can …

Published: 1 week ago

What It Takes To Be A Leader…

…is that you need to be a couple of steps ahead of those you’re leading. There’s more to leadership than that, of course. The “two steps ahead” rule is the super-simplified, stripped-down version of Leadership 101. There are other things that factor in there …

Published: 1 week ago

How To Serve Guests When You’re Just Not Feeling It

No matter how much you love people, eventually the day will come when you literally can’t even. (Do the cool kids still say that?) The weather is too bad, your mood is too off, your life is too stressful, your day is too packed …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Flashback Friday: Five Reasons Nobody Comes to Your Training

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   We’ve all been there: we have a volunteer training scheduled. We arrive early. Set up the room. Straighten the chairs. Run over …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Thursday Three For All: Sutherland Springs and the Tears of Jesus, Lead from the Middle, and Recreated Triangle Solo

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.)   FBC Sutherland Springs and the Tears …

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