Ministry leadership

rightnow Media Leadership Events Library

I can't be more excited about rightNow Media and how much it is going to enhance our ministry at Community Bible Church.  One of the lesser known resources of the package is the Leadership Events Library. I'm a learner and love attending conferences, but am not able to do so for 2 primary reasons: time and money.  It's challenging to take the time away and justify the cost of the event and travel.  With rightnow Media's Leadership Events Library you and your entire team can now experience conferences like Catalyst, Echo, Verge, and so many more without leaving your church or even your home.  Take a look at this video:


What do you think about this resource?  Do you think you and your team would take advantage of this tool?

I'm thinking about having a video of the week for my team to watch and discuss at our weekly team meeting.  I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!  I'm pretty excited!

NYC Restoration

NYChighline I love New York City for so many reasons!  Today as I took a tour of the city the guide pointed out an old above ground rail line that was turned into a city park called the High Line.   He explained that it sat vacant as an eye sore for more than a dozen years until someone or a group of leaders recommended restoring it as a city park.

Trust me, it's not like any city park you have ever seen!  It really is beautiful and was packed with people enjoying the jogging trails and elevated view of the river nearby.  Real estate in the area shot up after the park was built and new buildings have since been built around the park as it is such an attraction today.

In the church world we often see the headaches that come come with restoration and rebuilding and quickly jump to starting a new church or ministry rather than restoring an old one.  Please don't get me wrong, I believe strongly in church planting and the launching of new ministries.  In my own ministry experience, I would describe my 2 greatest successes to be ministries that I built from the ground up.  I have also worked hard to "restore" existing ministries without gaining traction on multiple occasions.  Launching a ministry is incredibly challenging and I would say that rebuilding one is even more difficult.

While restoration is challenging, especially in the church, it is incredibly necessary.  Some churches or ministries might be dead or need to complete their life cycle, but many still have plenty of life left and even greater years ahead.  There are thousands of churches in our country with incredible history and deep foundations, but have lost direction and gone through significant decline.  The churches desperately need strong leadership and change agents who can bring restoration and new life.  They need leaders with vision and passion that appreciate the past and see opportunity for the future.

Over the past ten years I have seen so many friends in ministry jump on the church planting bandwagon and it is my hope in the next 10 years that I see even more jump on the restoration bandwagon.


View other posts in this series:

Under Construction

Making the Most of What you Have

Attention to Details 

Starbucks Everywhere

Experience and Excellence

Different Perspective

Jim Collins at the Global Leadership Summit

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Jim Collins' message at this year's Global Leadership Summit was probably the one that I will chew on for the longest time.  There is so much in this to reflect on and begin applying immediately in becoming a great leader.  Collins is probably best known for his book Good to Great and has recently released the book Great By Choice.  Here are my notes from his session at the Summit:

Studied the differences in leadership behaviors from small to great company leaders Humility combined with will is the X factor to great leaders 3 distinctive leadership behaviors: 1)    Fanatic Discipline 2)    Empirical Creativity 3)    Productive Paranoia Fanatic Discipline Standard performance to hit What is your 20 mile march?  To turn good intentions into great results. 20 mile march can be personal.  Commitment to quiet time, reading, etc. 20 mile march can apply to relationships. 20 mile march is about consistency. Ask the question: what do we need to do today? The signature of mediocrity is not an unwillingness to change, but is chronic inconsistency. Discipline alone is not enough. Empirical Creativity Fire bullets then fire cannonballs Comparison leaders don't fire enough bullets Blend creativity and discipline. Creativity is natural, discipline is not. The challenge is not to become creative, but to get rid of the stuff that gets in the way of our creativity.

Productive Paranoia Great companies ran 3 to 10 times the cash reserves of comparable companies It is what you do before you are in trouble so that you can be strong when people most need you. SPaC- Specific, Methodical, and Consistent The greatest danger is not failure, it is being successful without knowing why you are successful in the first place. Preserve the Core and Stimulate Progress

What is my responsibility to get the most out of this unexpected event? How do you make the most of it rather than squander it? How to get the most out of every moment and every event.

Greatness is a matter of conscious choice and discipline.

What is a great organization? 1)    Superior performance relative to your mission 2)    Makes a distinctive impact (what would be lost if we disappeared?... if your church went away, who would miss you?) 3)    Achieves lasting endurance beyond any one leader (an organization is not truly great if it cannot be great if it cannot be great without you)



Here are links to my Notes from the other speakers at the 2012 Summit:


Bill Hybels


Condoleeza Rice


Craig Groeschel