Friday, January 30, 2009
I just finished another book by Pat Lencionni. I really like this guy's style and content. The latest and greatest is "5 Dysfunctions of a Team". Sara read it first and recommended it to me, now let me recommend it to you. Maybe it is just connecting with me because I'm wired this way. Maybe it is because I know that our church and the individual teams I lead and serve on need to get hold of these principles so badly. I've finished reading this one, but I don't feel finished with these principles by a long shot.
In case you're curious, the 5 dysfunctions are:
1. absence of trust
2. fear of conflict
3. lack of commitment
4. avoidance of accountability
5. inattention to results
The thing that's so intriguing and so important is that having 4 out of 5 in place on your team is not ok. It's not 80% health as the numbers would indicate. It's disastrous. Why? Simply because each dysfunction is connected to the next and the one before it. It's an all or nothing kind of thing. As Andy Stanley says so skillfully in "7 practices of effective ministry", you have to work on it, not just in it. This applies to church, business, family and wherever else teams of people interact together for a common goal or the common good.
I'm feeling more and more sure that my desire to work on team dynamics and systems that will promote organizational health in the long run are right on track. A mentor of mine, Dr. Don Myer, always says, "time sharpening one's tools is never time wasted." He's so right.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
So, I think that I'm looking for about a day and a half where I'm completely removed from all the normal stuff and can just focus on God and myself and see what happens. It feels important to me that I choose the right place for it. I'm thinking that I'll leave early on a Thursday morning, stay overnight Thursday and return early Friday afternoon. I wouldn't mind if I had to drive a couple hours each way either. If you know of a place that may suit what I'm looking for without me having to spend a ton of money, leave a comment or let me know somehow. Beyond that, I'd ask you to pray with me. I think God has something important in mind, but I just don't know what.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
"I just want to say that I love being alive and I love almost every aspect of my life. Lord, please forgive me for the complaining I do. I'm full of thankful joy this morning and I recognize this as a true gift from You, Lord."
This is the procedure for confronting someone who has sinned against us. In my experience with this concept, two things amaze me: (1) how well it works (2) how few followers of Christ actually practice it. What is it in us that just wants to gossip and go to other people to take care of the things that are our responsibilities? When I am tempted to go down that road (the low road, for sure), I am operating in fear and selfishness. What causes you to ignore this biblical command that helps so much in personal relationships? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Just finished "Axiom" by Bill Hybels. This is one of the best all-around leadership books I've come across yet. It's 75 very short chapters; each one a leadership "proverb" that this extraordinary leader has learned in his 30+ years of experience. I'd highly recommend this one. Check it out.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Just finished my first book of '09 and it was a good one. "The Shack" by William P. Young is a fictional story that gives some wonderful perspective on who God is and how He operates or how He may operate during times of intense personal trial in our lives. I found myself with a new softness and "fondness" (you'll get it if you read it) in my heart toward God. I also feel like God has blessed me with an enlarged understanding of stewardship - especially when it comes to the relationships He has blessed me with. I'd really recommend you checking this book out. One word of caution. There are extended periods of dialogue between God and humans and I had to continually remind myself that the words "God" was speaking were from a fictional book, not from scripture. As you heart gets sucked into this, recall that as accurately as it may reflect the heart of God, it is fiction. Enjoy.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
January 13, 2009 – I just finished my bible reading for the morning. It was in Psalms. I was thinking how much more I would probably be focused on God if I didn't have TV or INTERNET and all that stuff. David wrote about his reflections on the majesty of the stars that God had put in place with His own hand. I rarely think those kinds of thoughts, but I want to and ask, Lord, that I would be gently reminded of your majesty more and more through my days on earth. I just got a text that Gavin died when they brought him out of the coma. I feel sick about it. The spirit of suicide is among the most despicable I know. I have my ordination interview today and I'm feeling pretty good about it. This week feels too full already and Sara is going out of town Friday-Sunday. Lord, please calm my soul today. Well, off to the gym to meet Justin and Frank . . . maybe.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
kick off "cluster planting" idea
develop ministry school
new staff opportunities
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Read the entire bible
Read 12 books that contribute to my personal growth
Read 4 books that are pure entertainment
Go on 2 personal prayer retreats (at least 6 hours in length, each)
Complete 500 miles on the treadmill, outdoors or on the elliptical trainer
Bench press 300 lbs.
Squat 350 lbs
15% body fat
Complete a 24-hour juice fast on the first of each month
Complete one 48-hour juice fast during the year
Complete one 40-day fast during the year
A date per month with Sara
A date per month with the boys
Fully funded emergency fund ($7500)
Complete will by the end of January
Be moved into our new home by the end of the year (pure faith, no plan)
Enroll in MA program in some type of leadership
Develop a leader who directly oversees each facet of student ministry
Have 5 church planters who I am actively coaching