Think Outside The Walls of Your Church

This month, my second e-book with Orange released. My first e-book, Reprioritizing for group can be found here. My new ebook is all about our neighbors. It’s called “Think Outside Your Walls – Making a Shift in the Way We See Our Neighbors.” The premise is pretty simple. Tens of thousands of families drive by your church every day. These are people with hurts, needs and pressing situations. These families need the encouragement and resources we offer, but it’s never occurred to them that the local church might have exactly what they’ve been missing. One of the best things we can...

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Pay Yourself First

It’s still the first week of January and most of us haven’t yet given up on our goals/resolutions yet… right? I have a really interesting thought about doing more for yourself this year. We all have goals that get put off month after month, year after year. They’re they things we really want to do, we just don’t make the time for them. Losing weight Writing a book/resource Launching a blog Saving for retirement I’ve found that we rarely make ourselves a priority. We tend to take care of everyone else first. I’m not talking about being selfish. Just...

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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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Two Types of Checklists: Do-Confirm

In my last post, I mentioned the two types of checklists: Read-Do Do-Confirm Following specific pause points (click here to understand what pause points are), one of the above checklists follows. Where the Read-Do checklist operates by following specific steps (usually in order), like a recipe or assembly instructions, a Do-Confirm checklist is the opposite. You simply perform a task, something that you already know how to do or where steps are fairly obvious, and the checklist is read at a specific point to ensure that every step was followed or to ensure that nothing was forgotten. The Do-Confirm...

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Two Types of Checklist: Read-Do

Yesterday, we introduced the concept of the pause point. A term borrowed from the airline industry, pause points determine when checklists are run. Related specifically to pause points, two different types of checklists exists. These checklists are either: Read-Do Checklist Do-Confirm Checklist So, when you’re creating a new checklist for your ministry you should follow these steps (see, even this blog post is a checklist): Define a pause point Determine if the list following the pause point is Read-Do or Read-Confirm   For the purpose of this post, I’d like to spend some time unpacking specific ministry moments (pause...

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Checklists: Timing is Everything

When it comes to checklists, timing is everything. Knowing when to use the checklist matters almost as much as using it at all. Every checklist needs a pause point (or multiple pause points), a specific time when the checklist is supposed to be run. Sometimes the checklist needs specific instructions on when the checklist is supposed to be run and at other times, pause points are obvious. In the book “The Checklist Manifesto,” the author, an accomplished surgeon, was tasked by the World Health Organization to develop a system to save lives in field surgery centers in developing countries....

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