Sep 26, 2014

Four Questions Guaranteed to Change Everything

Note to self: take time and institute some kind of regular performance update for team leaders.

Sep 25, 2014
God will not say ‘well done, good and successful servant’
Greg Laurie
Sep 21, 2014

Should We Kiss Evangelism Goodbye? A Post by Jonathan K. Dodson

Real great high-level insight into evangelism. Especially liked the idea of identifying what gospel metaphors people need to hear. For instance: people seeking intimacy, tolerance or approval.

On a personal note: this highlights a large area for personal improvement (evangelism). I need to make a list of a few sanctification priorities, including a stronger prayer life, consistent exercise and stronger evangelistic priority.

Sep 21, 2014

How to Recruit More Church Leaders With the 20% Rule -

The 20% rule is a great goal for my time blocking. Am I spending 8 hours each week intentionally developing leaders?

As a side note: our leadership team is starting to feel overwhelmed which means we need more people on the bus.

Sep 21, 2014

How to Better Control Your Time by Designing Your Ideal Week

Time Blocking is an essential tool to getting the most out of my week. I struggle blocking off time for time blocking.

What I do know is - weeks where I time block are infinitely more fruitful.

For future staff: it would be helpful to compile resources on time blocking (like this one) to help them catch on.

Sep 18, 2014

A Process for Human-Algorithm Decision Making

When Citylight switches to Church Community Builder, I need to consider how the software and data will impact our key leaders, as well as our organization. What new skills will leaders need to learn? How will we help them do that?

Sep 16, 2014

Sex After Christianity

this article is a stark reminder that - to succeed in our mission - we need to capture the minds and worldviews of our people. How we do this will need to become more amd more focused and potent. It is my belief that the concept of true love is the most powerful bridge we have in reaching and converting modern culture. We must become skilled in teaching not just what the Bible says, but why. We must liberally draw upon the transformative power of love and rely on that ethical impulse to be stronger in the hearts of our people than any other. Properly define love (Biblically) and the cultural dominoes will fall.

Sep 16, 2014

The Real World: Leadership Lessons from Disaster Relief and Terrorist Networks

As Citylight grows, this is an incredibly insightful article on the nature of network-style leadership, and leveraging our people’s capacity for innovation and intelligence, rather than relying on beurocratic leadership models that disempower people. This network-style growth is how God made the universe, how Christ led, and how the New Testament prescribes church leadership. Our challenge is to inflame the passions of our people, mobilize them, give them immense freedom, and resource them as heavily as possible.

Sep 16, 2014

This real world stands in stark and absolute contrast to the world invented by Western thought. We believe that people, organizations and the world are machines, and we organize massive systems to run like clockwork in a steady-state world. The leader’s job is to create stability and control, because without human intervention, there is no hope for order. Without strong leadership, everything falls apart. It is assumed that most people are dull, not creative, that people need to be bossed around, that new skills only develop through training. People are motivated using fear and rewards; internal motivators such as compassion and generosity are discounted. These beliefs have created a world filled with disengaged workers who behave like robots, struggling in organizations that become more chaotic and ungovernable over time.

And most importantly, as we cling ever more desperately to these false beliefs, we destroy our ability to respond to the major challenges of these times.
Sep 16, 2014

Define Your Organization's Habits to Work More Efficiently

As Citylight adds to our staff, we should consider standardizing work habits that we consider best practices. For instance: time blocking, calendar sharing, process documenting, expense reporting, etc

Sep 13, 2014

Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

Action Step: take some time to pray for Citylight and consider the culture we are creating, and want to create. What is our ideal culture? How do we get there? What makes us uniquely Citylight?

Sep 13, 2014

How Millionaires Manage Their Time

For better productivity, consider no email at the start of the day, and implementing the “Friday 15”

Sep 13, 2014

Connect, Then Lead

Self memo: remember that warmth is far more influential than fear.