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What is at Stake?

December 2, 2018

When we returned to America as a family 18 months ago, it came as a surprise. Coming into my role as a missions and local outreach pastor, I did not have a set strategy or preset plan.

I had to come with the eyes of a missionary to my “home”. I was a stranger in my own land.

Here are few things I observed about America as I returned, coupled with some thoughts on how we can interact with this reality.

1. The World is Flat.

No, this is not a conspiracy theory, rather an observation of all the traditional missions needs. Issues like poverty, human trafficking, and pain are not “over there, international” issues, but are present right outside our door. Missions no longer requires a passport, it can be done in our own communities.

Servanthood is a buzzword in churches and leadership circles today.

We need servant leaders, we want to serve our spouse and our families, and we are always asked to be a cheerful servant in various areas in our local place of worship.

Why?

Here are 3 reasons to practice servanthood.

1. We serve cause Jesus served

The Jews expected their savior to be a conquering king who would return them to their glory days experienced under David and Solomon.

Instead they got a suffering servant.

“It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26–28

Don’t Blame the Church!

August 25, 2013

My English teacher was right! Pronouns are so important.

I’ve recently been reading a book on grace. The author is attempting to point out areas for emphasis within the body of Christ. I’ve never met the man, but I am finding myself struggling not to judge him as arrogant.

Why? He constantly makes statements against the church, pointing the finger to show them the error of their ways.

This might be the most humble man in the world, but his use of pronouns is not unifying. He does not include himself in the church. It seems as if they are the problem and he has the answer.

I do, in fact, agree with many of his statements. I do believe there is a proper place to call ourselves to a greater awareness and restoration of truth. However, I believe we can do this without belittling and creating the appearance of having the corner on truth.

Transition

September 3, 2012

Transition.

Change.

We love it when the seasons change or when something bad turns into good.

It’s something we dream of as well as stress over simultaneously. We long for moving to the next thing, but it can keep us up at night when it happens to a team we are in charge of.

Change brings insecurity in people.

Yet it is inevitable.

I suppose we could say death, taxes, and transition are all givens in life.

Be it in our jobs, marriages, or in parenting, just when we think we have things wired, life goes and throws us a curve ball.

It keeps us trusting and depending on a God who is bigger than us.

Today, I am guest posting at Dan Black on Leadership, which is a great site on leadership and personal development.

Teams need to be built , they don’t just happen. Apple Computer has done an incredible job getting employees to commit to their culture and  environment. They begin an employee’s career by telling them they now have the greatest job. Walk into an Apple Store and you see the difference a positive work environments creates.

Even in families, things like traditions and routines create the sense of team and tribe. You are related by blood, yet the knitting together of hearts is a journey.

Here are 7 tips to build the creation of a team environment:

1. Get to know the team – Teams full of strangers do not understand each other in the same way. Time and history build a repertoire which breeds trust. Have times where members share their personal stories. Encourage team members to connect socially or outside of official meetings.