Music Review: Paul Baloche – LIVE

Paul Baloche - Live

Its no joke, Paul Baloche is releasing a live album on April 1st and you’d have to be a fool not to check out Paul Baloche – LIVE. Paul Baloche is a long-time staple of Contemporary Christian Music since he released his first studio album in 1992. Churches all over the globe are using his music to help connect people to God through worship. Also, he travels regularly to teach and equip worship leaders around the globe to give glory to God through music. His DVD series are excellent resources for your team. [Read more...]

Sexual Identity is Misplaced Identity

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Is our society so enthralled with sex and sexuality that many find their identity in sexual orientation? God has created us all in his image. As the source of life, he should be the source of our identity. Ryan Dobson recently dealt with this subject on his blog.

Sexuality is not an identity, sexuality comes from an identity. My identity does not come from my intimate relationship with my wife, my identity comes directly from my relationship (or lack of) with God. [Read more...]

50 Small Group Ice Breakers

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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...]

Securing Success in Succession

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...]

Is Your Brand Growing Mold?

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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.

Inspiration

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?

Are You Wearing Your Heart On Your Sleeve?

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...]

Is It Time To Put Your Worship Leader Out To Pasture?

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...]