3 Fatal Flaws of Leadership

There are three things that I have seen bring down more than one leader over the years. All leaders have flaws. All leaders have weaknesses. Not all flaws or weaknesses are fatal to leadership. These three, however, are always destructive. 1. Refusal to learn from others Ever heard the expression, "some people just gotta learn … Continue reading 3 Fatal Flaws of Leadership

SCOTUS, Gays, and the Church

Since Friday, I have had conversations with various people including my daughter about the most recent US Supreme Court decision regarding marriage. We all know that the Court redefined marriage in a way that is now binding for all states. This has caused a response that is unprecedented in America. Never before has such a … Continue reading SCOTUS, Gays, and the Church

Innovation or Memory

Ideation. Think outside the box. Paradigm shift. Imagineering. These buzzwords are all supposed to inspire us to think different and do something new. In the church world there are constant attempts at finding the "new thing" that will work to reach people. All indicators show that this is also true in the corporate world. That … Continue reading Innovation or Memory

Checking the Church’s Oil

Just as a neglected car engine will eventually break down and leave you stranded, failure to do regular checks within the church will lead to breakdown and pain. By the time the signs are obvious it is too late. Too often we check the wrong things, attendance, offerings, buildings, events, name recognition, web traffic, Facebook … Continue reading Checking the Church’s Oil

Change the oil

We have a problem in the church today... we don't like to do normal ordinary maintenance. We like to maintain, but not do the work of maintenance. When I was young, my dad did all of the minor and major work on our automobiles. I spent many hours with him working on one vehicle or … Continue reading Change the oil