November 26, 2008

Structure as Solution

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This last week I led a quarterly offsite meeting for Faithbridge.  Faithbridge is second home church for me as I serve as a leadership coach on the staff. Our focus of the day was the "challenge of structure." I started the day by anchoring the topic of organizational structure into a biblical-theological foundation.  I asked the staff the simple question, 'When in biblical history did God provide structure as a solution." Here is some of the things on our list:

  • Structure of marriage is a solution to man being alone
  • Organization on the ark as a solution for preserving planet life   
  • The reorganization in Exodus 18 to provide wholeness, health and sustainability to people of Israel 
  • The levitical structure to provide worship and access to God on behalf of Israel 
  • Jesus choosing the 12 and sending the 72 as a solution for proclaiming the kingdom
  • Smaller organized groups facilitating discipleship – Acts 2   
  • The selection of 7 leaders when Hellenistic Jewish widows were being overlooked in the distribution of the bread – Acts 6 

We spent half the day rethinking ministry department structures based on the 40% rule:  Every 40% of growth requires a new structure.  

As I continued to think about structure as solution, I thought of the trinitarian structure.  What problem does the trinity solve?  It is the solution to God being loving and self-sufficient at the same time. 
November 21, 2008

10 Most Unique Church Buildings

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I ran across this fascinating post.  If you were wondering how unique churches can get, wonder no more!

November 18, 2008

Where will Obama attend church?

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One of my favorite Psalms is the second as it asserts God’s supremacy over all earthly rule. I am so grateful that the church, and not the government, is the hope of the world. Having said that, this is an interesting little Time article on where Obama will attend church.

November 15, 2008

Normalizing Absurdity

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I recently shared a favorite Einstein quote in one of my posts. It became the seed to a session entitled Normalizing Absurdity that I will be doing at Leadership Networks Innovation Cubed Conference in January. Check out their post on it here.

November 15, 2008

Boomin

Toby Mac’s lyrics for Boomin have been bouncing through my mind; this is the most played song on the family playlist last week:

I’ve been around the way
I’ve been around the block
I got the keys to the city if the gates are locked
And a freak like me ain’t ‘bout to stop
I’ve got a handful of dreams and a heart full of God!