Writing Archive

The Day I Told My Students To Fire Me

No gimmicks here. I told them they should fire me. Practically, what this is all about is spreading out the leadership. In fact, this is one of the principles that Andy Stanley lays out in “7 Practices Of Effective Ministry.” It’s called, “replace yourself.” You should read that book ASAP! What’s so funny about this […]

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Why Your Good Ideas Don’t Get Anywhere

If you find yourself in a fog of a lack of progress, this post might be for you. Incidentally, it’s for me, too. We all have people we admire. Some of us admire those who are leading the charge in their field. What I mean by that is that they are pioneering a new trail. […]

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Don’t Count This Generation Out

Passion 2013 was an extremely influential event (as always). The journey to end slavery began in Passion 2012 with a phenomenal turnout in the donations (over $3 million). This year was no different. They took down the curtain and opened up the entire Georgia Dome and some 60,000 students showed up. The movement to end […]

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Blank Canvas

A blank canvas is refreshing to me. I like the idea of having a fresh opportunity to make a difference. Endless opportunities are at your fingertips. So, as you set out to make your plans for 2012-2013, what do you want to see happen? Because, in 10-12 months, your canvas will be filled with what […]

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The Problem With The Status Quo

I wrote something a long time ago that I’ve changed my mind about: The sad truth is that we would rather complain about the status quo than do something to change it. As I got to thinking about it, I want to be more clear: People that have a problem with the status quo aren’t […]

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Tear It Down And Start Over

Every six months, I get away for a couple days, hide out in a coffee shop, and take a sledgehammer to our youth ministry. Sounds excessive, right? It might not be the way you process things, but it is absolutely necessary for me to abandon my office hours for a few hours, so that I […]

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The Day Netflix Got It Wrong

We all can point back to specific instances that certain organizations made a strategical “boo boo.” Yesterday, Netflix sent an email out to their customers, informing them of a price change (a 60% price hike). And the crowd went wild (exhibit A to the right). When I read the email Netflix sent, I couldn’t help […]

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Multiply Your Influence

One of the greatest gifts someone can give you is to invest in you. Personally, I believe that I’ve been able to accomplish greater things for God because a few men decided to invest in me. As a result of that investment, those men multiplied their influence.   You want to influence a generation for […]

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Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals

Most leaders that have any sense of direction-consciousness set goals. Setting goals is great. Until you set them too low. We serve a universe-creating God. We serve a grave-robbing God. We worship a life-rescuing God. And we set tiny goals? What the heck is that all about? My definition of a big, hairy, audacious goal […]

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Strategic Planning

This is the fourth post in the Driving Change series. To see all the posts in this series, click here. Ideas are exciting. Vision is motivating. But without strategy, you’ll likely find yourself hitting a multitude of different targets, rather than the one you’re shooting for. “Strategy is a plan of action with an end […]

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