Why comfort must always be viewed with suspicion

Why comfort must always be viewed with suspicion

It’s a simple reality that we can easily forget: those places we are most comfortable are precisely the places we’re most likely to be disobedient. Am I comfortable in my marriage because things are going pretty good? I’m probably not listening for...
Meetings that Matter

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...
Culture, Vision and Strategy

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...
The Myth of Balance

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...
The Blessing of Scary Waters

The Blessing of Scary Waters

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted here, not because I haven’t been learning lots about leading a mega-church, but just because leading a mega-church is far more demanding and time-consuming than I could have ever anticipated.  But as Coletta and I were talking...
The Power of Touch

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...