If you are looking for a high-energy, passion-filled praise experience that is accessible for congregational worship, your search may have just ended. Planetshakers’ March 11, 2014 release, Endless Praise, proves to be invigorating from front to back. [Read more...]
I believe in the power of small groups in the local church. They allow us to work with God’s Word in a more intimate and personal environment. Acts 2:46 tells us the early Christians were meeting “in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house.” They heard the preaching of the word as a large group and unpacked it as a small group. [Read more...]
Starting in 2011, the baby-boomer generation turned the corner, or crested the hill. They’ll be passing the baton off to the next generation in the workplace. The generation from 1946 – 1964 comprises the folks who were the product of a golden age in American history. After World War II, it was time to settle down. And what happens when you settle down, you breed like rabbits. Well, fast forward 65 years and now there is a mass exodus from the workforce. Everyday, 10,000 people retire in the US. What happens in the wake of an individual when they get their gold watch, especially a leader? [Read more...]
In the landmark business/leadership book, Good To Great, Jim Collins uses research to identify what makes great businesses, well…great. One aspect of his research, specifically with non-profit organizations, zeros in on the idea of building a strong brand. Part of branding is the imagery associated with the organization. One of the most obvious images a company uses is a logo.
Take a Look, NOW
When is the last time you looked at your organization’s logo? Is it so old and stale it’s turning into a biology experiment? Who designed it? “Oh, some guy who used to be around a while back.” Chances are that guy didn’t know anything about branding and worst of all he probably didn’t leave you the photoshop file, just a JPEG. If that’s the case, there is no time like the present to look at your branding strategy, or lack thereof. The first thing to do when it comes to branding is realize you can’t do it alone. Find a who for the what.
Check out the top church logos in 2013 from churchrelevance.com and hopefully you will be inspired to build your brand in 2014.
When was the last time you looked at your logo/letterhead/business cards/etc.? How do they reflect (not what you do) who you are?
At Valentine’s Day parties, back in the day, women would write their names on a piece of paper and put it into a hat. The men would draw a name from the hat and display the name of the woman they drew on their sleeve. This would identify them as together for that party. In some cases they would be labeled as a couple until the next year’s party. This is where the expression “Wearing Your Heart On Your Sleeve” is believed to have originated.
Where Your Heart Is…
Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” We can read this as what we spend our money/time/energy on is what we love. Jesus brings this up in the context of being eternally focused. Instead of investigation what we spend our money/time/energy on to see where our heart is, what if we looked at our sleeve? [Read more...]
I got my ministry beginnings as a worship leader. I used to oversee two campus worship teams and the training and launch of a third. If you cut me open I will bleed worship music. When I see the current trend in worship leaders it makes me wonder where all the excellent, experienced leaders are going. At the National Worship Leader Conference a few years ago, it was hard to find a person over 29 Years old, or waist size. All the jeans were carefully painted on the bodies of these young men. But is this issue limited to just worship leaders? [Read more...]
What does this ad make you want to do now?
We may spend time studying our text, writing an outline and refining our presentation. But could we be shooting ourselves in the foot right out of the gate? What you wear matters and your level of influence could be directly tied to how you present yourself through your wardrobe.
The Science of Dress
A study done at the University of Texas at Austin confirmed that a well-dressed man could increase the number of people following him in the illegal act of jaywalking by nearly 350% over a casually-dressed person. That means that we could be missing out on potential influence because we either don’t care what we wear or we just didn’t realize how much it really matters.
What do you wear to the office?
What do you wear at your staff meetings?
What do you wear when you preach or give a presentation?
Research shows [Read more...]
Last night Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, debated Bill Nye (the science guy) in Petersburg, KY. The topic was, of course, creationism vs evolution. Most of us know what the main talking points are on each side. Evolution involves the Earth and all its species created from a singular event known as the Big Bang, which Nye referred to in the debate as actually a silent event since there is no air in space. The Young-Earth Creation view asserts that the biblical account of creation in Genesis is a literal six day creation and thus the earth can only be around 6,000 years old. [Read more...]