October 18, 2014

Using Social Media as a Christ Follower: One Principle and Three Questions

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After taking LifeWay Christian Stores through a vision process, I not only shop there often, I go with a different mindset. Their mission is passionately engaging believers on their journey of faith. The big idea is to be an oasis-outfitter. A place that feels at the same time like a refreshing oasis and an REI outfitter, for your spiritual life.

Because I’m a father to Abby, my 15-year old daughter, I recently  picked up a new piece of equipment: a book by Kate Conner titled,  Enough: 10 Things we Should be Telling our Teenage Girls.

Here is a takeaway that I think brings immediate value to any Christian using social media.

ONE PRINCIPLE

Conner argues that the answer to problems with social media don’t center around removing social media itself. Rather it involves the commitment to:

Take the good, leave the rest.

She cites 1 Thess. 5:21: “Test everything. Hold on to the good.” Here is where her words grabbed me:

  • Take the enjoyment, leave the addiction
  • Take the communication, leave the isolation
  • Take the inspiration and leave the jealously

Good stuff. And remember what Aristotle said, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

THREE QUESTIONS

1. What story am I telling?

If you look at the ongoing communication of social media what is the dominant theme and meaning of your life. What are you all about? Travel? Parenting? Sports? Work? Criticism? Food?

2. If I went back and read all of my social media statuses, would I recognize me?

Conner emphasizes that our heat-of-the-moment selves are not our best selves.

3. If I want back and read all of my social media statuses would I know I was a Christian? 

Great questions to bring clarity to your life. What questions would you add?

October 10, 2014

10 Compelling Church Mission Statements (from the Last 10 that I Facilitated)

church mission as compassIt’s exciting to lead a growing team of navigators at Auxano these days. Thirteen years ago I dreamed about the idea that I could actually spend a 40-hour work week just helping church leaders work on things like mission, vision and values. Now we have 8 staff navigators, and a dozen part-time guys who have served over 150 churches in 2014.

As a player-coach, I still lead a few processes myself for training purposes or to work with churches specifically that I feel called to. Here are 10 that I have recently worked with in facilitating the mission articulation.

1.  Making much of Jesus, because Jesus changes everything (in process)

Austin Stone, Austin, TX (Kevin Peck, lead pastor)

2.  Connecting people with God, through authentic relationships to serve communities (in process)

- Newbreak Church, San Diego, CA (Mike Quinn, lead pastor)

3.  Passionately engaging believers on their journey of faith 

LifeWay Christian Stores, Nashville, TN (Tim Vineyard, president)

4.  Inviting the striving to something really real (in process)

- The Bridge Bible Church, Bakersfield, CS (Jeff Gowling, senior pastor)

5.  Rescuing one another from cultural Christianity to follow Jesus every day

- Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas, TX. (Jeff Warren, senior pastor)

6. Promoting the discovery of Jesus through sports

Upward Sports, Spartanburg, SC (Caz McCaslin, president)

7. Helping one another trade a checklist faith for real life with Jesus

First Baptist Concord, Knoxville, TN (John Avant, lead pastor)

8. Equipping multiplying leaders with reproducible systems to plant more healthy churches

Launch Group, Atlanta, GA (Mac Lake, lead architect)

9. Imperfect people, risking it all to make Jesus real one life at a time

- Salem Lutheran, Tomball, TX (Tim Niekerk, senior pastor)

10. Inviting the distracted and disinterested to realize their role in God’s story

- Mountain Park Community Church, Phoenix, AZ (Allan Fuller, lead pastor)

September 15, 2014

Latest TeamUP Resource Now Available

It’s that time of year again…

The time when the faint whispers of Autumn are found in loud roars from the gridiron, and when the first colors of Fall are worn on every player’s jersey and in each fan’s heart.

It’s football time in America, when an offseason of practice and preparation gives way to team excellence and execution. It’s no different at your church.   Do you have a game-plan?

Introducing Fall’s most important playbook for church leaders:

TeamUP: Top 10 Exercises for Great Team Moments

As a reader of this blog, I am offering you free, access to our next TeamUP tool designed for creating winning team moments at your church. Simply click on the image below.

Tweet or Instagram your game-changing TeamUp moment over the next two weeks using#auxanoteamup, and receive additional bonus content.

The top two most creative, and engaging posts by October 1, will get their own one-hour Skype call hosted by me for a staff meeting with your team. This call will focus on any one area where your church needs break-thru.

What are you waiting for?  Break-out the team colors, and break-thru with TeamUP this Fall.

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It’s time for visionary team execution for God’s Kingdom. 

 

July 28, 2014

Choose Your Fuel: Vision, Hype, Busyness or a Building Project

Mike Gammill is one of our Lead Navigators at Auxano. He recently completed a campaign with San Marcos Community Church in San Marcos, TX. The Vision Clarity impact and unique Campaign story will inspire you.

In the summer of 2013, San Marcos Community Church was in the church plant doldrums. As a twelve-year-old plant they really weren’t a “plant” anymore, but their base of mission and worship was still a leased facility. They did own land a couple of streets over. They owned a building too, but it was a metal prefab building and was, literally, in storage. Their dreams of permanent place were in storage too.

Twelve years in, the church had hit a plateau and energy was on the decline. “Trying to put on Saul’s armor” were the words the Senior Pastor used when we talked about most of the solutions available to him. He resonated with our Vision Clarity process, because we started with understanding their unique God-given ministry DNA, and then, from there, navigated them through growth obstacles with vision instead of hype, busyness…or a building project.

We started their seven-month vision clarity process in September of that year. The Senior Pastor quickly made a tough decision that paid dividends in spades: he consolidated all weekly ministry programs into a weekly prayer gathering. This prayer gathering became the central nervous system to a revival that broke out shortly after. Church attendance began to increase and a second service was added. Giving began to increase and the Holy Spirit challenged leadership to step up their commitment to – literally – lay the foundation for their permanent facility.

Then, in November, the call came from their landlord that could have disrupted everything. They had 90 days to find a new place to worship (the state of Texas was turning the building into a highway). Rather than seeing this as an obstacle, church leadership saw this as leading from the Holy Spirit. In addition to finding a new place to live, the time had clearly come to launch a capital campaign in the next three months. They needed to raise capital to construct and occupy a permanent church in San Marcos, Texas, a city where it’s easier to open a bar than a church.

The Holy Spirit inspired urgency, along with an increasingly healthy centralized prayer gathering that helped them to overcome a too-short time frame. On Palm Sunday 2014, the congregation made commitments that totaled over 2.5x their 2013 budget. General giving also increased over 30%. In the end, they blew past their goals and greatly increased the generosity level of the church. All this, and their mortgage in 2015 may be less than their lease was in 2014.

Meanwhile, God demonstrated his faithfulness when he led the church to relocate to a nearby dance hall and bar that had closed its doors. When God builds his church, nothing can stand in the way.

July 11, 2014

New Personal Vision Cohort Launching Next Month! Join Me for Your Younique Year!

For over a decade in my personal ministry, I have worked closely with friends and close associates to coach them along their personal clarity journey. Recently, I have offered personal clarity tools and insights when speaking at conferences and leadership gatherings. As a result, many of you have shared your interest in going deeper on your personal clarity journey.

Which is why I want to invite you to participate in Younique Year – a personal vision cohort designed to catalyze progress in realizing your life calling.

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I use the word “catalyze” very intentionally here. A chemical catalyst enables more “production” by removing barriers and improving connections in a way that protects the organic nature of the chemical reaction itself. Likewise, through the insights and tools within a collaborative coaching process, you will remove barriers and make connections on your clarity journey. In the end, you will make significant progress in applying your life vision in a natural way.

Your Year. Your Call. 

The vision of the cohort is to give an invaluable contribution through progress in self-awareness and vocational alignment with your vision. 

Here is how it works.

Process

The process for the year will be a monthly threefold pattern including a live webinar training, a huddle group for Q&A and a process group. The entire process is virtual, made possible by the wonders of technology!

  • The first experience is a live training webinar (90 minutes). Each month will be focused on a tool or process exercise. After each training webinar, you will be given exercises to complete. I am planning for some special guests to join us throughout the year as well.
  • The second experience, approximately 1 week later, is a lightning round in huddles to further process the insights and concepts shared in the webinar. The focus on the lightning rounds is answering questions after initial reflection and practice.
  • The third experience is approximately 1-2 weeks later when the cohort works in process groups of 4-6 for two hours in deeper reflection and interaction. Process groups will be put together based on affinity of life stage and ministry context.
  • In addition to this monthly pattern, we will have a social media based closed group for ongoing encouragement and interaction.

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Calendaring

The general pattern will start in September 2014 and conclude in August 2015.

The exact dates of the training webinars and huddle Q&As are subject to change and will be announced by the end of July. The current plan is to do training webinars from 1:30-3:00pm CST on the first Friday of the month and huddles starting at 1:30pm and 2:45pm CST on the second Friday of the month. Progress group times will be determined based on the preference of the 4-6 member groups. Keep in mind that the live webinars will be recorded if for any reason you can’t make it on a given month.

Master Tools

Most who have expressed interest in the group have been exposed to tools like The Clarity Spiral and the Motivational View of the World, through Will’s speaking. These are a part of a set of “Master Tools,” sub-tools and exercises that will guide the journey. Master tools include:

  • Clarity Spiral
  • Discovery Grid
  • Sweet Spot Map
  • Life Frame
  • Horizon Storyline

Some of these tools have sub-tools or exercises that will be distributed throughout the process.

Everyone Benefits…

From everyone else’s engagement. That’s why it’s important that you are ready to walk the full 12-month journey (12 months is a long time!) There will be a minimum of 5-1/2 hours of learning and discussion time for ten of the twelve months. It’s important to remember that your commitment to the process is important – for you and the rest of the group. There will be no opportunities to cancel your payment once you commit.

Investment

The investment for this process is $1,200. There are several billing options you can choose from.

Be part of the Pilot Group!

I am really excited about launching the Younique Year cohort and sharing the tools I have developed and used over the last decade. For more complete details download the Younique Year information brochure. To join the group, submit the application form found here. If you have any questions, please contact me at will.mancini@auxano.com.  Remember space is limited. 

I hope you join me!

If one does not become what one is meant to be, if one does not set out in the direction of God, if one does not bring one’s scattered passions under the transforming and unifying guidance of direction, then no wholeness of the person is possible. Conversely, without attaining personal wholeness, one can neither keep to direction nor enter into full relation.”

Maurice Friedman, MB a life of dialogue.