Service/Mission trips are wasting good money? Is Michelle Kay Stanton right?

I love the internet.  Sitting at my computer minding my own business I get an email from David Broodryk a good friend and key strategist in the Disciple Making Movements.  Actually I was doing some planning for a trip I am taking to Kenya in January with 4 other people.  He sent the link below.  Since … Read moreService/Mission trips are wasting good money? Is Michelle Kay Stanton right?

Why “Network” Marketers Succeed?

If you’ve been alive for the last 40 years you’ve been approached by someone who considers themselves a “network” marketer.  To be honest we used to call them “Multi-level Marketers” or MLM for short but that became a negative bombshell so now we call them “network” marketers. Every decade seems to populated with new and … Read moreWhy “Network” Marketers Succeed?

Wait, Law Enforcement Establishment Are Reversing Their Advice

Law enforcement waited 35 minutes before breaching the Bataclan Theater last month in Paris.  Anderson Cooper on a recent 60 minutes quoted a law enforcement official saying that this response is based on an old American model that has been abandoned. Columbine was a gruesome teacher.  Police waited 45 minutes before breaching the building.  While … Read moreWait, Law Enforcement Establishment Are Reversing Their Advice

Have we been going in the wrong direction?

Bee Wilson in her latest book, First Bite, points  to ways that work and don’t work when you are trying to change someone’s diet.  Frightening discovery—- Despite the large amounts of money spent by governments, vegetable consumption is going down. The more people get advised to eat vegetables the less it seems they eat them. … Read moreHave we been going in the wrong direction?

13 Of The Most Pressing Questions About Refugees Answered With Charts

Click here to go to the post. or step thru them question by question. Here are the 13 questions we will attempt to answer: 1. How many refugees come to the US every year? 2. How does the number of refugees compare to other types of immigrants? 3. Where do refugees come from? 4. How many refugees … Read more13 Of The Most Pressing Questions About Refugees Answered With Charts

Syrian Refugees and the opinion that matters most.

Governors barring refugee resettlement, cities on high alert, citizens fearing for their safety, what is up with all the furor over Syrian Refugees. According to the UN Refugee Agency website, “persons of concern to UNHCR by mid-2014 stood at 46.3 million, compared to 42.9 million at the end of  2013.” “Afghanistan has been the largest source country of … Read moreSyrian Refugees and the opinion that matters most.

Hybrid Church-Disciple Making Movements in the local church

I am in Cote d’Ivoire right now working with 300 pastors, helping them understand how they can integrate disciple making movements strategy in a local church. I humbled by the way the Hybrid Concept helps make this easier to understand and implement. Here is a message I gave at the iDisciple Conference that Cityteam held … Read moreHybrid Church-Disciple Making Movements in the local church

Read Spent Matches in 20 Minutes

Thanks to Tom Law you can read a summary of Spent Matches in less time that it takes to decide on which fast food restaurant you want to eat at. Book Summary: Spent Matches: Igniting the Signal Fire for the Spiritually Dissatisfied Roy Moran Summary Posted: October 12, 2015 Our modern aversion to motivating by … Read moreRead Spent Matches in 20 Minutes

In need of a favor!

Most of us don’t consider ourselves salesman, in fact, the average person has a stomach turning reaction to selling or being sold. Yet in To Sell is Human, Daniel Pink argues that the majority of the American workforce is in the “selling business.” Each day we have to “move” people. They have something we want-time, … Read moreIn need of a favor!

Summer Internship for Global Impact

Summer Internship with a Global Focus  Shoal Creek Community Church is re-starting its summer internship program which it ran for 11 years. Download flyer SCSummerinternship Raising a generation for the nations In partnership with Frontiers and other sending agencies, Shoal Creek has opened the application process for twelve summer interns focusing on reaching unreached populations … Read moreSummer Internship for Global Impact

Could a simple solution change the tide? (Metaphor Monday)

In the mid-1800s underprivileged pregnant women in Vienna often gave birth in the street rather than using the services of the First Clinic at Vienna General Hospital. If they had to go to the hospital they requested the Second Clinic that was staffed by midwives rather than doctors. Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis wondered why pregnant women … Read moreCould a simple solution change the tide? (Metaphor Monday)

Why “DBS” doesn’t work (Metaphor Mondays)

Often times I get asked, “Why doesn’t ‘DBS’ work??  The question is directed at an acronym ‘DBS’ which in my world stands for “Discovery Bible Study.”  In my particular tribe we don’t use the term for reasons I explain in Spent Matches. (p. 116) Usually the context of the question comes from a group of … Read moreWhy “DBS” doesn’t work (Metaphor Mondays)

Is the modern Church on a “burning platform”? (Monday Metaphors)

The “burning platform” metaphor comes from the Piper Alpha oil-drilling disaster in the North Sea, the worst disaster in the history of North Sea oil exploration, where 166 crew and 2 rescuers lost their lives. Superintendent Andy Mochan survived the disaster by leaping from the burning platform into the oil-fired frozen ocean. He knew he … Read moreIs the modern Church on a “burning platform”? (Monday Metaphors)

What problem are you trying to solve?

The problem you are trying to solve speaks to your integrity. “I am just doing what I can!”  Ever heard that in face of a massive, insurmountable task.  As spiritual as that may sound, it is rooted in western individualism and extremely selfish.  It is about you, your avoidance of guilt and a perverted desire … Read moreWhat problem are you trying to solve?

Vision isn’t everything especially if a rung is missing

As young leader I quickly got intoxicated on the power of vision.  If you could draw a compelling picture of the future, much like the juicy red apple at the top of the ladder, people would follow you. An abrupt reality though was that they would follow only as long as their reality and your future … Read moreVision isn’t everything especially if a rung is missing

Are we on the cusp of a new Reformation?

In my bones I feel the birth pangs of change.  A new Reformation which de-industrializes the “church.”  Trust me I am no prophet.  Geez, I matriculated from Dallas Seminary, they’d rescind my degree if they heard me talking like this.  But something is up! Seth Godin’s challenge to business leaders could be couched as a … Read moreAre we on the cusp of a new Reformation?

Millenials, a metaphor for disaster!

Invariably when meeting with people (usually more vintage in years) attempting to move the Kingdom of Jesus forward on this earth, the discussion turns to the “Millenials.”  If we could just figure out how to reach, engage, extract money from and the list goes— the “Millenials”—then _____________ (you fill in the blank but it generally … Read moreMillenials, a metaphor for disaster!