Tuesday, June 22, 2010

How to Bridge the Distance Between and Design

Marty Neumeier's great work on understanding the power and importance of branding. We in the church undervalue the importance of being able to articulate who we are, what we do, and why we do it. Getting clear about the mission and then being able to make that brand clear and focused will allow us to be far more effective at connecting people to Christ, Christian community, and their divine calling.

Consumed by the Call,

Monday, June 21, 2010

8 Ways to Create an “A Team”

I am a child of the '80's! I remember staying up until 10 pm to watch the A-Team. Recently I went to see the movie which I enjoyed so much I had to go online and watch old A-Team re-runs.

The idea of putting together a group of highly talented, albeit disparate personalities and skills and forming an unstoppable team has always been a dream of mine. Below is a link from Dan McCarthy's website about putting together you own A-Team that I thought I'd share.

What do you bring to the table? What do you believe in so much that you would sacrifice to make it happen? I remain:

Consumed by the Call,

Great Leadership: 8 Ways to Create an “A Team”

Friday, June 18, 2010

Being Naturally Creative...a great video series!

Here is a great, short video about creating a "structure" or process of creativity and reclaiming the power of creativity that is drained out of us by our experiences. Having spent five years traveling across the Southeast, I experienced a lot of mundane worship services that totally lacked creativity. Creativity is not always expensive, it just takes time. Take a look and let me know what you think...


Creative Power Up with Andrew Mason - 001 - Structure from John on Vimeo.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Missional Community...Simple

Saying It Simply has done it again. They have taking a complex idea, how do we actually build relational bridges in a missional way without them being contrived or forced. We do what we love with people that we care about and share interests with, then provide them a chance to meet the One who makes everything else worth it. Where is your point of missional community? Are you building bridges relationally so you can turn on lights spiritually?

Consumed by the Call,

MISSIONAL COMMUNITY...SIMPLE from jeff maguire on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

90 Seconds of Truth

This is an amazing message conveyed in a 90 second video. We need to be even more creative and find a way to share the gospel this powerfully in 90 seconds. Can you do it?

Consumed by the Call,

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The End of Courtship (Part 1 of 3)

Here is the first in a three part artcile that discusses how far we have moved culturally from the ideas and ideals of courtship and creating a positive process for the establishment of marriages and families.


The End of Courtship (Part 1 of 3)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Do You Have the Time

Professor Phillip Zimbardo explains how our perspective of time molds and shapes our understanding of the world. He draws some interesting conclusions regarding the cognitive nature of young people, their exposure to technology, and how they learn. Additionally he points out that what we invest time in determines what we value. If we do not value our family time, it goes without saying that we really don't value our families. Take a look!


Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Externally Focussed Quest

At the risk of sounding like a scratched CD (broken record for all you old schoolers) here is a new book from the folks at Leadership Network about being externally focussed. I am inspired by the shift from inside to outside the church is experiencing. I pray that it is about mission and not about survival. This may well be the SPUMC next reading list book. Take a look:


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Surprising Truth about what Motivates US!

Researcher, economist, and author Daniel Pink has done an amazing study about what actually motivates us. Debunking the idea that the primary motivator for our lives is money he provides research that we have three "real" motivators. Those motivators are: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Autonomy is the desire to be self-directed, we want the freedom to work on what we love to work on. Mastery is the urge to get better, we have an internal desire to continuously improve at the things we love. Purpose is the transcendent and world changing motivation that provides for us a reason to get up in the morning. When these three combine, an amazing amount of potential is unleashed.

Providing people with the opportunity to do ministry synergizes all three of these motivations. It allows them, in the optimal environment, to have the autonomy do live out their unique, divine calling. It gives them the opportunity to improve at those things that they enjoy. It gives them a purpose, an eternal purpose, to motivate them to do extraordinary things. What I believe is that most churches don't release their people to do ministry, the create narrow molds for them to fit into, and if they don't fit into those programs, they are dismissed. Can you imagine the incredible potential that is waiting to be unleashed for the kingdom if we will just get out of the way?

Watch this RSAntimate video that shows the result of this motivational research.

I remain:

Consumed by the Call,