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style worship

I intentionally titled this post “Style Worship” instead of “Worship Style.” It’s driven by a question I’ve been thinking about lately, “Are we as Church Leaders and Pastors teaching people to fall in love with the Church, or with Jesus?” I know, I know…maybe I’m splitting hairs…the Church is the Body of Christ, right? It’s impossible to love Jesus and not love His Body…or love His Body and not love Him, right? But with so many well meaning Christians who claim to love Jesus arguing over different expressions of the Church and which particular style is “right;” it drives me to think that maybe in the end we are worshiping a style or particular expression of the Church instead of the God of the Church. Here are a few questions that I hope drive some solid introspection and good conversations.

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4 keys to building your brand

It’s a company’s brand that uniquely identifies them within their particular industry. Occasionally however a company comes along every so often with a brand that is so strong, it not only identifies itself within the industry but, it literally defines the industry. In Atlanta, where I live, when you order a soft drink at a restaurant, you can order anything you want as long as you order a Coke. It doesn’t matter if you’re ordering a Sprite, Fanta, or Dr. Pepper. It’s all called “Coke” down here in the South, they’ll clarify what kind of Coke you want after you order. This shows up with other products as well. I mean how often do you hear adhesive notes referred to as “Post-its?” And when someone needs a tissue they’re usually asking you for a “Kleenex.”

The sobering reality is that like it or not your company already has a brand, your church already has a brand, and…you…you already have a brand.

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with a couple of incredibly talented (not to mention ridiculously successful) gentlemen who live in the “Branding World” twenty four seven. Below are a couple of key takeaways from our conversation:

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Suggestion Box

I’m excited to let you know that we’re getting ready to go to work on a bit of a refresh and redesign for my blog. So that means this is your chance to offer up your feedback and suggestions as to what you’d like to see change. I’d love to hear your thoughts, so leave your comments below. Specifically I’m interested to hear your ideas about the following couple of areas:

1. What features would you change and do away with immediately?

2. What are the best features that you wouldn’t change and would be disappointed if they went away?

3. What can we do to make it easier for you to leave your comments and participate in the conversation?

4. How can I make it easier for you to access older content and archives?

5. What changes would you make to the “vibe and feel” of the site?


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creating ideas that stick

Why do some ideas catch on, seem to take on a life of their own, and go viral while others seem to simply wither and die with a mere whimper? If you want to understand what makes a good idea, well a good idea…and if you’re interested in getting other people to embrace your ideas then you may want to pick up a copy of “Made to Stick.” In this book authors Chip Heath and Dan Heath assert that creating a successful idea is built through a simple, unexpected, concrete, credentialed, emotional, story.

 

 

 

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North Metro Church Purpose, Values, and Approach

12 years ago, the dream of North Metro Church was birthed by God in the hearts of a group of people that took a risk and started “doing church” in a way very few had the courage or vision to do 12 years ago in the south. The payoff to their obedience has been literally 1,000’s of people’s lives that will never be the same! In case you missed it a couple of weeks ago, I went ahead and posted this talk here for you. In it I roll out an overview of a refocusing on that dream and a sneak peak into a series that we’ll be doing in January to unpack our values at a deeper level. It’s a bit long, but if you’re interested in understanding who God has called North Metro to be and want to catch a glimpse into where we’re going check it out! This is a conversation I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for. Leading North Metro Church…this is was what I was made for.


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