Longing for old fences
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There was a time, in the not-too-distant past, when all the people lived in communities surrounded by a fence and several gates. Each community maintained their fence and their gates. Everything flowed through the gates. He who controlled the gates held the power & influence. In these communities, the gatekeepers (those who controlled the gates) enjoyed the people’s favor, and they became … more

Conduct your own sF test for a healthy ministry culture where spiritual formation can occur // BLOG
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Conduct sF testing of your ministry’s soil/culture. Read the first part of the info below about pH testing of soil… then conduct your own sF testing of your yourth ministry’s culture. “The Importance of Soil Testing (from lowes.com) For optimal plant growth, soil must have the proper pH level. pH is measured on a scale of 1 to 14. A measurement … more

The key to a healthy organizational culture from Sinek and HBR // BLOG
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After lunch, I sat down and skim read Simon Sinek’s book, Leaders Eat Last, in a colleague’s office. I immediately ordered it. Simon’s key element is the idea of creating a circle of safety, something which I believe is the key element in healthy churches, small group dynamics, child rearing, and helping young people to develop a faith that lasts, … more

Developing critical thinking skills with a commercial that is hard to watch // BLOG
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One of the most challenging tasks leaders/parents who work with students have is to teach them to consider not only the immediate outcomes of an action, but the “dominoed” results of the immediate effects. I teach this by using the illustration of the pebble in the pond. When we throw a pebble in the pond, we do so because we … more