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You’ve Got to be Stupid to take that Job!

Thinking about taking a new job? Think twice, because you’ve got to be stupid to take that job. And I mean it. There’s a special blend of arrogance and naivety needed to take a new job, especially in church-world.

Arrogance: To believe that you can actually be the one and only special person to walk in the room and change things.

Naivety: To cover up for the fact that you can’t possibly know everything you’re actually getting ready to get yourself into.

There are quite a few biblical characters that demonstrated this same special blend of arrogance and naivety. A couple in particular come to mind.

Joseph was naive enough to share a dream that he had about his brothers bowing down to him. It came off a bit arrogant and he ended up getting beat up and sold into slavery by those same brothers. Then after a while God would use him to save the entire group of people (there weren’t many yet) that would end up being the nation of Israel.

David was arrogant and naive enough to walk onto the battlefield with Goliath. He carried an attitude that cried, “Well of course my God is big enough to do this. What’s wrong with the rest of you guys, why are you afraid?” It came off as complete arrogance.

 Peter was naive enough to act first and think second on many accounts, not least of which was getting out of the boat in the middle of a storm to walk to Jesus on the water. Yea, good thinking Peter.

It takes a bit of stupid faith to follow Jesus, a special blend of arrogance and naivety. Make sure you’ve got it before you say yes to your next church job.

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Top 5 Posts from December

December was a busy month on Helping Churches Make Vision Real! There was a lot of engagement on social media on these posts. So thank you for making these the Top 5 Posts from December of 2012 on Helping Churches Make Vision Real! If you missed out on any of them, here they are all in one nice tidy little spot!

#1 How much should we Pay our Pastor?

This post became very popular, very quickly. It’s a question I get frequently there are a lot of people are wrestling with the question. This post will give you some good resources to answer that question.

#2 Why Telling People What to do makes them Stupid

The title of the post says it all. While telling people what to do may get your goals and tasks accomplished it will deflate your team and undermine any leadership culture you’re trying to build.

#3 Ministry Trends for 2013

This intriguing info-graphic got a lot of traffic as people are wrestling with what the significant issues affecting ministry and the local church are going to be in 2013.

#4 I’m Starting a New Coaching Network

I love helping churches make vision real. That’s why I’m offering another Leadership Coaching Network for church leaders beginning in March of 2013. I love seeing leaders and churches take steps to get unstuck and move towards accomplishing God’s plan for their church! There are still a few spots left in this network if you’re interested!

#5 Out of the Box

At Sun Valley we discovered that there are 82,000 families in Maricopa County who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. So this Christmas we decided to do something about it. We went after a social justice campaign of filling 5,000 boxes with food to care for local families. This post tells all about it.

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