A few blogs that I've been diggin' for a while. Definitely worth a look....
Donald Miller - yeah, that Donald Miller.... Author extraordinaire.
Mark Miller - My friend, Mark, is from a couple towns over and serves on staff at this church. Great guy with a swell head. Also interesting to note that Mark is actually Don Miller's uncle.*
Joe Thorn - Again, a fellow Chicago guy. Nice photography and some great thoughts on the church and theology. Pastors a church in St. Charles, IL and has an amazing hairdo.
Without Wax - I've never met Pete Wilson in person, but if he's even half as cool as he comes across in his videos, I'm pretty sure I'll dig him.
Stephen Brewster - Stephen is the Sr. Director of Marketing for Integrity Music. Not only has this guy been incredibly generous in hooking me up with some great tunes, but he also has a GREAT heart that really comes across in his blog. You can't help but like this guy...
Steve McCoy - Yes, another Chicago dude. I met Steve and his family at The Orchard once when they were visiting. We hit it off immediately! Steve pastors a church in Woodstock. It's Baptist, but we won't hold that against him because he's really into Tim Keller and has what must be the best Keller resource page around. Bless him.
Had a great couple of days last week at MinistryCom in Oklahoma City. MinistryCom is an annual conference for church communications professionals who are PASSIONATE about what they do. Man, I love it!
I also had a great time hanging out with my my friends Anne Jackson (Author, Mad Church Disease and just plain mad...) Jon Acuff (Stuff Christians Like), Mike Foster (Author, Deadly Viper Character Assassins, PlainJoe Studios, Ethur), Dawn Baldwin (Aspire One & fellow Orchard-ite!) and so many other great people!
My keynote talk was on "Communication During Time of Change." Instead of posting my notes, here are some posted by fellow bloggers in attendance. Great job guys and thanks!
Neue is the latest offering from the gang over at Relevant. It's a resource focused "specifically on the
issues, challenges and opportunities facing emerging ministry leaders."
Brian Orme, Neue's editor (and a guy whose blogging I really miss), recently asked me to do some writing and blog sharing for their site. Today (Tuesday), they featured an article of mine based on a recent blog post that their editors cleaned up and made into a pretty nice article if I might say so myself! :) Thanks guys!
It isn't easy to define, but one thing is certain - everyone knows it when they see it. From the book:
"When a church has it, everyone can tell. And when one doesn't....everyone can tell. The same is true for leaders. Some leaders have it. Some don't.
I promise, if it has come to a ministry near you, people are talking about it. When a ministry has it, the ground seems to rumble. Everyone hears about it.
I believe that God makes it available to anyone who wants it. I believe it wants to give it to you and your ministry."
As I mentioned the other day, Craig is doing some blog hopping this week to talk about it, and he's starting RIGHT HERE. So without further ado....
Hey Craig - thanks for stopping by! I know I'm only supposed to ask one question, but I have two.
First, have you ever thought about packaging and selling it to smaller churches? Or better yet, giving it away FREE on the OPEN site?
Secondly, do you believe in the doctrine of once it - always it? If not, what are some shifts, changes, or adjustments you've had to make in your personal leadership over the years to ensure not LOSING it?
Do I believe in once-IT, always-IT? I wish I did. Some people who are totally surrendered to Christ, get IT and keep IT. Sadly though, many people don’t. It is very clear that just because you have IT doesn’t mean you’ll keep IT. The good news is, if you don’t have IT you can get IT.
When I first experienced the grace and love of Christ, serving Him was all that mattered. I gladly left a future in the business world for full-time vocational ministry without any hesitations. Oddly though, in the coming years, I let ministry beat IT out of me. Some people were cruel. Some of my ideas bombed. Before long, I found myself caring more about what the people thought about me than what God thought about me. That dangerous shift caused me to lose IT.
You asked how to ensure that a leader doesn’t lose IT. I think the approach would vary from leader to leader. For me, developing relationships with people who not yet believers keeps me passionate to help them know Christ. Seeing God work internationally makes a huge difference. (In my opinion, our American perspective of God is way too small and limited.) I am also totally dependant on time in God’s word. When I neglect His word, I lose IT quickly.
On a side note, it seems that those who are off-the-charts passionate about Christ and His mission often lead fast growing churches. In the rush of growth years, it is easy to neglect the very One who brought all the growth. I am committed to do whatever it takes to keep Christ in the center of all I do.