Meetings that Matter

I attend a lot of meetings. And the thing is, I don’t mind most of them. I won’t call them a joy, but I wouldn’t call them a “necessary evil” either. The truth is somewhere in the middle. But…there are some meetings that really suck the life out of me. Please don’t hold one of…

Culture, Vision and Strategy

Here are the two most important leadership truths I’ve learned since becoming a lead pastor: Culture eats vision for breakfast Vision without strategy creates a culture of apathy Culture eats vision for breakfast I don’t know who said it first, but I’ve heard it many times from different leadership thinkers…and I’ve thought about it constantly over the  last…

Priorities and other Oxymorons

We hear a lot about priorities these days and their importance in leading healthy lives.  But as Greg McKeown points out in Essentialism, the concept of “priorities” (plural) is an oxymoron (you know, like “jumbo shrimp” or “a new classic”). For 500 years after its introduction to the English language, the word was always singular…

The Myth of Balance

I’m not the first person to ever say this, and I’m confident that I won’t be the last, but here it is anyway:  balance is a myth. More critically, it’s terribly misunderstood. As we talk about it in Christian circles, this elusive thing we call “balance” seems to mean everything in our lives getting equal…

The Power of Touch

One of the clearest things I’ve been learning during my first few weeks here in a mega-church concerns the power of touch.  I’m not talking about physical touch, though I do think there is great power in a quick, entirely chaste, touch on someone’s shoulder.  I’m talking about the power of gently touching an idea…

Moving Forward

A couple of weeks into this thing and I’m realizing that yes, as I mentioned before, a mega-church isn’t just a larger version of a small church, but also that there are some fundamental similarities. For instance, one of the challenges of any church is striking the balance between the past, present and the future.…

Loving and Learning

Coletta and I were privileged to be able to spend a couple of days last week with the former pastor of Mission Hills Church, Mike Romberger, and his wife, Jane.  They were both very gracious in welcoming us and spending a very sizable chunk of their valuable time telling us their story and answering our questions.…