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I study people! I especially study people in leadership positions - and I have for over four decades of ministry. In that time, I have been privileged to know many incredible Christian leaders. I have seen some who’ve been thrusted into leadership positions and have watched as a few maneuvered themselves there. Like I said: I study people. One thing…

Planning is vital to success in life. Few people become successful by accident; it happens because we have a goal and passion for that goal. We utilize organizational tools, seminars and personal coaches to accomplish those goals. So what about our spiritual success? By spiritual success I am not purporting a “health, wealth and self-philosophy”: I am talking about Biblical…

“Good enough is the new perfection” captured my attention as I read the words on the sign. I found it to be extremely intriguing and simultaneously troubling. Was this meant as a joke or an excuse? I admit to being a perfectionist--or  shall I say “given to excellence”--from time to time, so let me tread carefully. However, lowering the standard…

Although I had fast-forwarded through the commercials (awe…the endorphins that gives me) it still took over an hour of viewing time to complete one 45 minute show. The reason, I concluded, was the number of times I had pressed the pause button on the remote. I press pause for three valid reasons:  I’m hungry and want a snack. My wife…

Do you remember the fun Sunday School children’s song based on Matthew 7:24-27? Here are a couple of the condensed verses: The wise man built his house upon the rock. (repeat multiple times) The rain came down and the floods came up. (repeat multiple times) And the house on the rock stood firm! The foolish man built his house upon…

How would you define the irreducible minimums of your student ministry? Can you write them into a sentence, paragraph or a list? What would that look like? I suggest every youth leader do this exercise to establish a baseline for their ministry. Recently my wife and I attended a Poetry Recital for our Granddaughter’s third grade class. Each student chose…

Talk is cheap or so goes the maxim. Every generation esteems authenticity but especially the present one. This generation is more impressed with the way you live than the words you say. FutureCast executive Greg Vodicka has discussed this concept extensively and challenges organizations to consider the difference between “StoryLiving and Storytelling.” The learning curve for “Next-Gen” students may be…

Next time you are in a group, just ask each person to share what scares them and it will reveal an assortment of fears. I know people that are afraid of heights, spiders, snakes, sharks, water, flying, dogs and a variety of foods. However from my interaction with people I would have thought that dying would always top the list…

“Hi, my name is Mike and I am a Starbucks-aholic.” Yes, I confess, I love Starbucks coffee. I frequent their stores while traveling and when I am home, I grind their coffee fresh every morning. But this post is more than just a commercial or a personal admission of my love for coffee…all coffee. March 30, 2011 Starbucks celebrates its…

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