My Hiatus

A few months ago I introduced a discussion I was going to have on my blog about what is wrong with the church. Since that initial post I’ve been wisely advised to let some time pass before I enter into that discussion. Some have recommended as much as a year before trying to write some of my thoughts. While I don’t know if it will be that long, I think they are correct in that I need to get some of my transition under by belt before I take on some of the deeper topics I want to write about.

Rest assured, though, that the urge to have these discussions is still on my heart and I will, at the right time, pick them up again.

Majoring in the Minors

This is one of my all time favorite images. I first saw it about 12 years ago when I attended a lecture on using powerpoint in ministry. This was a sample image that was presented on how pictures can make a point so much better than words at times. I know the image speaks forContinue Reading

The Burden of Vision

I had one of those epiphany-type experiences the other day, but first I have to give you some background information to help it make sense. I have better vision than my wife does. In this case, when I say vision I mean literal eyesight. I didn’t understand this at first and used to get rather frustratedContinue Reading

I’m Not A Fish

I love TED talks, but as anyone knows there are just too many of them to get through. That is why I was thrilled with this Christianity Today article on the five best TED talks for ministry leaders. The one I’ve posted below by Seth Godin is probably my favorite so far. Excellent discussion onContinue Reading

The Dual Concern Model, Part 3

The graph above demonstrates the proposal made by Blake and Mouton regarding the concern for people vs. the concern for production. In their original publication, they added grid lines for both axes numbering 1 through 9. This was to facilitate the understanding that there were various places on the Managerial Grid that people could fall.Continue Reading

The Dual Concern Model, Part 2

Production and Church Do those two terms sound like the don’t go together well? What is it about the idea of “church” that makes us uncomfortable with terms like “revenue”, “marketing”, or “production”? I’ve felt the twinge that comes from the apparent incompatibility of those concepts, but the truth of the matter is that thoseContinue Reading

The Dual Concern Model, Part 1

Having talked a little about caring and concern, I want to start discussing care and concern as they appear in church priorities and decision making. In their 1964 worked entitled The Managerial Grid, Robert Blake and Jane Srygley Mouton identified two constants in any organization: purpose and people. These two constants form the axes of theContinue Reading

Do You Care?

Making a rather rough transition from my previous post, I want to take a bit to talk about caring. When we say the phrase “I don’t care”, what we are really saying is “I’m not concerned about that.” The word ‘care’ implies having an interest in providing for a person or thing the things thatContinue Reading

NBC – No Body Cares

NBC – No Body Cares

After high school I was looking for a way to earn money for college and support a young family. I found both of these options in the U.S. Army. I served for three years as a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Warfare Specialist. The recruiting material made it sound like a laboratory job… but it wasContinue Reading

Information Bubble

I’m a big fan of TED. They do some really cool talks on a wide variety of topics. This one interests me because of the implications both for technology but also for church and ministry. It is common practice in the conservative Christian community to surround ourselves with people who think like us, both spiritually,Continue Reading