Random thoughts about leadership that hit me while munching on some delicious Chick-Fil-A nuggets and waffle fries.  I used my receipt to record these thoughts and expanded upon them briefly as I wrote this post.  Love to hear what you think.

- The responsibility to lead people without putting them into boxes is huge.  Each one must be respected and dealt with as individuals.  Not everyone responds to the same style of leadership.

- Being fair means giving people what they need at the time to be the people God wants them to be and do what God calls them to do.  Each person has different needs at different times.

- Some situations require a leader to ask one of those they lead to step away from the mission for a time to take care of themselves.  You have to look after people if you want to accomplish the mission.  Sometimes that will look like the mission is less important.  This isn’t true.  The importance of the mission requires we treat people as people and work with them as individuals rather than cogs in some great machine. binary option trading in india

- Sometimes we can do the right thing the wrong way – i.e. King David moving the Ark of the Covenant.  David’s heart was right and moving the Ark was the right thing to do.  But David tried to move the Ark the wrong way and it got someone killed.  Their death was not good or necessary.  Our heart can be in the right place, but we can still do the right thing the wrong way with disastrous consequences.

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Losing the Online Generation

by Paul on September 1, 2010

Most of the issues facing churches and ministries these days are not technology issues. They are discipleship issues. Technology is just a spotlight, a magnifying glass, revealing overlooked or hidden problems with discipleship in the Western church and its progeny. If we don’t address the discipleship issues, we will create another generation of predominately shallow and infertile Christians…and we will have a great time playing with out websites and iPads in the process.

If you don’t have a plan to make disciples…
If you don’t know how what you do fits into a disciple making strategy…
If you think discipleship just happens…
If you thing making disciples is someone else’s job…

…you are probably part of the problem. Or you didn’t know there was a problem.

Don’t whine about it.
Don’t whine to me.
Fix it.
Have the hard meetings.
Wrestle.
Agonize.
Pray.
Then do something about it.

“Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-29, HCSB

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Winter Disciple-Maker’s Course

August 27, 2010

Hello all!  We’re getting ready for our winter round of classes for people who want to make disciples who, in turn, make disciples.  Here is the info you need to get involved. Class Size: Class size is limited to 12 people. Dates: The class is offered at two different times during the week: Tuesdays at [...]

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Course: Making Disciples That Become Movements

May 19, 2010

Class Size: Class size is limited to 10 people. Dates: This class is offered at two different times during the week: Tuesdays at 8:30pm – 10:30 (CDT – Texas Time), Saturdays at 9am – 11am (CDT – Texas Time).  Our first Tuesday class will meet on June 22, 2010.  Our first Saturday class will meet [...]

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Gowalla, Possibilities and Pet Peeves

March 22, 2010

Last week I talked about some of the ways Gowalla (and other so-lo media) can be used within the church.  I’ve been messing around with the service enough now to discover some really neat applications and some pet peeves. Remind People to Check-In Put a sticker on the front door.  Put a slide in your announcement [...]

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Gowalla and The Gospel

March 19, 2010

I’ve been playing around quite a bit with the location-based social networking service called, Gowalla.  From Wikipedia: Gowalla is a primarily mobile web application that allows users to check-in to locations that they visit using their mobile device. This is achieved either through the use of dedicated applications available on Google Android, iPhone, Palm WebOS and BlackBerry, or via m.gowalla.com. [...]

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5 Seats Left for Church Planting Movement Skype Training!

March 1, 2010

I wanted to let you know that we’ve extended the registration deadline for our Church Planting Movements Skype Training by 48 hours.  We have 5 spots left.  We need to receive your application within the next 48 hours if you want to participate. For more information about the training, click here. Share and Enjoy:

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2010 Online Summer Missions

February 19, 2010

2010 Online Summer Missions Summer missionaries will learn the principles of starting rapidly multiplying groups of obedient disciples – the same methods used to start over 7000 churches in Sub-Saharan Africa in the last four years!  They will learn how to use online tools to identify communities, meet felt-needs of those communities, identify Persons of [...]

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Small Groups that have the DNA of a Gospel Planting Movement

February 18, 2010

A Group Exercise David Watson put an image up on the screen.  “I want you to take a look at this image.”  After a few seconds, he blanked the screen.  “Now, describe the image.” People called out various things they remembered.  David allowed them to continue, just until they started repeating things that others said [...]

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Video: March 2010 Skype Course On Catalyzing Movements

February 17, 2010

(Yes, I know the lighting is weird.  I’ll work on that for next time! – Paul.) Ministry and Missions That Catalyze Movements Class Size: Class size is between 5-10 people. Dates: The class will meet once a week in March.  I will talk with the applicants to set a weekly time and day that is [...]

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