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building a personal development plan

Success never just happens. It may show up in a moment but it takes a series of moments to cultivate. It’s like the marriage that falls apart. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say, “My marriage fell apart last night.” My response? No it didn’t. It may have shown up last night but you’ve been working at wrecking that marriage for a long time. In light of that principle, this is a time of year that I try to do some reflection and evaluation on what I’m cultivating in my life, how it’s affecting people around me, and where what I’m cultivating is leading me. Some of this stuff comes natural to me, some of it has been formed into me through painful experiences, and some has come through coaches speaking into my life. It’s not exhaustive or infallible, and I hope that it improves over time, but it’s a process that works for me. Here is a list of categories that I use to evaluate…

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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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Thankfulness through the eyes of a child

When it comes to being thankful, often times as adults we have a way of turning a very simple idea into something overly complex. So this week I asked my girls (Kennedy and Mia who are 6 and 5 respectfully) to star as guest bloggers and do their best to explain their thoughts when it comes to being thankful. This is what they had to say.

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a game changing weekend at north metro

Left to themselves organizations…including churches, drift. It can happen to the best of us if were not careful. As organizations and churches grow they seem to naturally become more complex. There are more assets to allocate, decisions seem to have more far reaching consequences attached to them than they once did when you were smaller and more nimble, and those decisions seem to just keep coming faster and faster. It is easy to become consumed with the business of running the church. But just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you’re taking ground.

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!

And yet over those past 12 years North Metro Church had become busy. And for the past season of ministry the Elders of the church courageously had been asking the question, “Have we gotten away from what God put us here for in the first place?” What has ensued is a radical commitment to refocus on and refresh the original purpose, values, and approach of North Metro.

On Sunday of this past weekend I rolled 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. The conversation that we had this weekend was one that I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for. Leading North Metro Church…this is was what I was made for.

The following is the framework of that dream that God started 12 years ago and some of the nuts and bolts of our conversation on Sunday. To get the whole story you’ll have to listen to the talk from Sunday…I’ll tweet the link out once it’s up this week.

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