I’m very grateful to be part of the launch team for Skye Jethani’s brand new book Immeasurable: Reflections on the Soul of Ministry in the Age of Church, Inc. As part of the launch team, I got this book for free in exchange for a fair review. I signed up on a whim; but I’m […]
Trello, the digital Kanban and project management software, is all the rage for personal productivity and collaborative project management. Its simple and intuitive interface combined with clever features and powerful integrations with other services have rightly caused it to ascend to the upper echelon of similar tools. The more I use Trello for church, the more […]
For context, you’ll want to read Getting Things Done: Tools, Practices, & Principles Field Notes are the clever, collectible (and thus, a bit addictive), design-focused notebooks that all the bloggers rave about. They really are fun, fairly affordable, and quite useful. I use my Field Notes as my pocket notebook. It goes where I go to […]
For context, you’ll want to read Getting Things Done: Tools, Practices, & Principles and Say hello to Trello, a new tool to organize your life and ministry I have a “team” in Trello called Trusted System. Within that team I have six boards: Next Projects Tickler Someday/Maybe Reference Lists Horizons & Areas of Focus Next My Next board […]
I had been in an emotional and spiritual struggle for years, processing how the Body of Christ could be so defined, so marked, by division, quarrels, and willful ignorance of each other. My spiritual journey had led me right into the middle of some of those painful internal wars, and I hadn’t escaped without getting […]
About two weeks ago now, my wife Amber noticed some swelling in her left leg. She was experiencing some pain and discomfort, but (being the strong woman that she is) wasn’t sure about getting it checked out. After a call with our midwife, however, she decided to go in for an ultrasound. Now, when you […]
When my wife Amber and I married each other, a lot changed for both of us in the days immediately after our marriage. For instance, we went from two separate bank accounts to one, joint bank account. All of a sudden someone else could see everything I was spending my money on. I remember well […]
This post contains outdated info on the tools I’m using. For the most up-to-date info, see this page. In David Allen’s classic book on personal productivity, Getting Things Done he describes an ideal state of mind: Imagine throwing a pebble into a still pond. How does the water respond? The answer is, totally appropriately to […]
I’ve spent the last three or so years mentoring college-age men in both one-on-one and group settings. One of my initial challenges was figuring out what I should be talking about and how to effectively lead the conversation. It doesn’t that help that the goals of many mentoring relationships are somewhat vague (learn from the mentor’s mistakes, become a better Christian, etc.)
After my first year four essential conversation categories emerged for me. These make up a focused, productive, and ultimately **life-changing mentoring conversation.** Each of your mentoring sessions should generally include all of these elements (though not always in identical proportions).
If there’s one thing I’m not a fan of, it’s the goes-without-saying assumption that Christian leaders should basically pretend like they never struggle with anything, at least not in the present. If it was a long time ago, *that’s* okay, because it’s in the past. *But we really can’t have our leaders admitting weakness in the here and now, right?* Wrong!