How to Read More

The last couple of years, I’ve certainly upped my reading game. I’ve worked hard to make reading a priority. I read 20 books in 2015 and literally finished my 26th book on December 31st of 2016. Each year, I push myself to read more and each year, I’m my list of books read continues to grow. First of all, let me answer the obvious question. Why make reading a priority? Knowledge. Leaders are readers. A commonality of some of the greatest contributors in this world is that they were voracious readers. Knowledge matters. There’s a lot of ways to learn and...

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My 2016 Reading Goal

Two years ago, I decided to become far more intentional about reading. I began setting goals that really motivated me and I’ve read far more books than in years past. In 2015, I set a goal to read 18 books and ended up reading 20. For 2016, I set a goal to read 30 (maybe a little too ambitious of a jump), but I did end up reading 26. I’m going to use the excuse that I had a baby, started a new job and relocated. Regardless, it was a fantastic year in books and I can’t wait for...

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Sayonara Twenty Sixteen

It’s interesting how many people are declaring 2016 the worst year in history. There seems to be an overwhelming number of people that are anxious for this dreadful year to be over. By midnight tonight, they’ll get their wish. In July, Slate.com ran an interesting article asking if 2016 really has been the worst. The article then goes on to list many other awful years: 72,000 BC 1348 1492 1836 1837 1877 1876 1943 1968 1919 2003 2016 Just to name a few. Reading the events of these terrible years… 2016 was tame. Interestingly though, most readers ranked 2016 the...

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52 Days Until Christmas

Two years ago, I had the opportunity to host Jingle Jam for our for a Family Experience the week before Christmas. I wrote about it here. Just a few weeks ago, we decided to double down on our Christmas experiences here at MISSION Church. Our vision at MISSION is to be an irresistible church for our next door neighbor and the next generation. In years past, we wouldn’t program for elementary aged kids because pulling off a program for elementary on Christmas Eve is challenging. However, not offering something for elementary kids really doesn’t align with our vision. All the...

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When The Checklist Fails

My husband is a doctor, a pediatrician actually. After reading “The Checklist Manifesto,” I was excited to discuss checklists from his perspective. I was now a believer and ready to implement this concept into every aspect of the ministry I led. I knew that he has spent large portions of his career running through checklists that save lives. I didn’t expect the curveball he threw my way. With a sly smile, he asked: “But what do you do when the checklist fails?” He went on to share a case that occurred during his residency when he was an Angel Flight...

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