Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Everyday Making Disciples Everyday

I just piloted this training workshop at our COCUSA Staff Training.  For the first run, it went really well.

It still needs some more work, but I think it could really be a great 1-hour training piece to inspire people to share Jesus everyday.

You won't get the full presentation, but the Prezi below captures the main thought flow.

Here's the link if it's not showing up:

Monday, May 28, 2012

Game Plan: Summer 2012

When heading into a busy season of life, I've found it's best to have a plan.

This week COCUSA starts staff training, and then next week we launch into 11 straight weeks of summer day camp.  It's very full and intense... but also rewarding and amazing.

I find that my summer of ministry goes better if I have a plan... This year I specifically put together this Game Plan.  (A little silly maybe, but helpful to me for sure.)

I hope to explain some areas of this plan in future posts.

But for now, when's your next busy season? What plans do you need to make for it now?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

BOOR Special: How to buy a house

Over the past year or so I've really enjoyed this blog post from Seth Godin: How to buy a house

This is mainly because ever since we found out we were having a fourth child my family has been casually looking for a house with a little more space.  (I'm not sure how to describe a "casual" house search, other than that's just what we did.  :)

We think we found it.  The only catch is we need to sell our house.

I figured it can't hurt to post it here.  Please pass it on if you know someone who is interested.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Good to Great Discussion Questions (for Printing)

One of my most-viewed posts on this blog is Good to Great Discussion Questions.

I wanted to repost it again, along with this link to a PDF version for printing.  Happy reading and discussing!

Original questions below:

Every Chapter: What is the best quote, line, or point from this chapter? And why?
Chapter 1: What would Good to Great mean for your organization? If your organization is currently at mediocre, good, or even very good, what would it look like for it to be great?

Chapter 2:  Describe a Level 5 Leader in your own words.
If it's true that Level 5 leaders are essential to greatness: What's one thing you can do to become more like a Level 5 leader?

Chapter 3:  What steps do we need to take to get the right people at our organization?
What challenges are there in getting the wrong people off the bus? Or getting the right people into different seats?
Where are the biggest opportunities? How can we focus on them?
What does this mean for your board of directors?
Chapter 4:  Are their any brutal facts our organization needs to confront? (OR What is the 'elephant in the room' that no one wants to ask about?)
How can we create a climate where truth is heard?

Chapter 5:  Explain your organization in as simple of terms as possible.
What's your organizations collective passion? What makes you tick?
What can your organization do better than anyone else?
If you could pick one thing that would keep your organization's resource engine running the best, what would it be?
Chapter 6:  Where is our organization on a "fun to unwieldy ball of disorganized stuff" continuum? (Scale of 1 to 10)
Create a stop doing list for your organization: Write down 1 to 3 things you would like to stop because you truly feel fall outside of your organization's scope.
Do we have any "We vs. Them" battles in our organization? Where? How can we get rid of it?
Chapter 7:  When it comes to technology, where do you feel your organization is 'lagging behind'? Or positively: What technology does your organization need to fully embrace in order to accelerate your momentum?
Are there any technologies that are directly tied to the big picture things we do?

Chapter 8:  What would stop our flywheel from spinning? How can we avoid that?

Chapter 9:  What would Good to Great mean for your organization? If your organization is currently at mediocre, good, or even very good, what would it look like for it to be great?
Read the last paragraph, what do you agree with? What do you disagree with? Why?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Raising Boys into Godly Men

I think this post had a different title last year, but I will unashamedly repost it. 

Raising my boys to be men who follow Jesus is probably my life-calling.  Here is a Prezi overview on how my wife and I are hoping to do that.

Monday, May 14, 2012

How I Read It: Where's God on Monday?

A few thoughts and points from Where's God on Monday? by Alistair Mackenzie and Wayne Kirkland

Quotable:  "Any work done faithfully and well is difficult. It is no harder for me to do my job than for any ohter person, and no less.  There are no easy tasks in the Christian way; there are only tasks which can be done faithfully or erratically, with joy or resentment." - Eugene Peterson, p 82

What I Liked:  I liked... no loved... the fact that there is a book on this subject.  The subtitle is "Integrating faith and work every day of the week."  In one sense, this book is a must-read for any follower of Jesus.  I didn't agree 100% with the implications, but we all need to think critically about what it looks like to follow Jesus with all of our lives, every day of our lives.

What I Didn't Like: I've seen this in other places too, but the authors, in the attempt to remove the sacred/secular split, seem to downplay the need to share Jesus with others.  The thinking goes: "Do your job with excellence, serving each moment for the Lord" (I agree with this part)... "and sharing Jesus with those around you there isn't as big of a deal."  (I disagree.)  We need to share Jesus all the time.

2012 Personal Impact Ranking
1. Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen
2. Margin by Richard Swenson*
3. Where's God on Monday? by Alistair Mackenzie and Wayne Kirkland*
4. Revolution in World Missions by KP Yohannan*

*I own this book and you're welcome to borrow it.  Just ask.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

You Know You Are Ready to Date When...

First off, this isn't for me.  Secondly, this isn't from me.

But a couple friends of mine put me in touch with this document last year.  It seems like a great worksheet for guys in the dating stage of life.

I didn't make it and I'm not even sure about it's exact origin, but I do plan on using it with guys in the future.

The text is below, but you can find a PDF of the document here.

You Know You Are Ready to Date When...
1. You have studied the following passages and written out clear observations about how they apply to a dating relationship (bearing in mind that dating is not specifically addressed in Scripture). Romans 12: 1- 2 Romans 14: 22-23 1 Thes. 4:1-8 1 Cor. 6: 12-20 2 Cor 6: 14-15 1 Tim 5: 1-2 2 Pet. 1: 3-4 Psa. 37: 4-5 Psa. 16: 7-11 Php 2: 2-4 Prov. 11:14 1 Cor. 13: 4-7
2. You are able to explain why dating relationship with this particular person is more beneficial than a continued, ongoing friendship with her at this time.
3. You have written out your relationship standards, bearing in mind the impact a dating relationship will have on you, the girl you’re interested in, and other people in your (pl.) sphere of influence. Five areas to cover in your written standards:
a. Physical: How and when will you touch one another? (e.g. WIll you hold hands? Kiss? Where can your hands be on her body? What about lying down with one another on a couch?)
b. Emotional: How will you guard your own heart and refrain from manipulating hers?
c. Mental: What ideas or images will you permit your mind to dwell on? What sources of input (e.g. movies) will you permit to shape your thinking about romance and sexuality?
d. Social: How will you continue to foster Christian friendships with other men? How will you continue to minister to the lost? How will you bless people through your relationship together? How much time will you spend together in a week?
e. Spiritual: Do you share a common passion for Jesus? A common vision for life and ministry to others? What spiritual qualities do you need to see in this person before entering a relationship?
4. You have determined that the timing is right, because you have both...
• sought counsel from respected Christians who listen to you and ask probing questions
• sensed an inward freedom from the Lord to move forward after much prayer
• concluded that dating will contribute to each other’s life and ministry to others
• grown in friendship with one another through extended time together with a group of Christian friends
• had sufficient time to get over any recent emotional hurdles (e.g. just ended another relationship, parents just got divorced)
5. You have established a lifestyle of accountability with someone who knows and counsels you from the Scripture. This person can attest that you are free of any sexual addiction to pornography, and he will ask regularly after the progress of your relationship and your own sexual purity.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Forward Thinking

On a prominent place on my laptop I see this number: 16547

That's the number of days until I hit the average life expectancy for an American male (as of April 26th).

I'll be honest, some days I see that number and think: "I only have that many days to change the world, better get to it."

Other days I think: "I've got to make it that much longer??"

Goes well with this quote: "The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything either as a blessing or a curse." (Don Juan, Tales of Power)

Not sure where I'm going here, but your end and my end are a lot closer than we both realize.  How are you thinking about it?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Power of Camp

Here's a couple explanations of why CAMP is great!
(Click through to my blog if you can't see anything.)

(Click on image to enlarge.)