This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well..
The final paragraph of this is what grabbed my attention…
Six Stages of a Dying Church –Thom Rainer
Churches have broken free from the death stages, but they are rare. And the longer the church waits to make substantive changes, the more difficult it becomes to reverse the path. It’s significantly easier to make changes at stage one than stage four.
Also, keep in mind that nearly nine out of ten of the churches that die are in communities that are growing.
The problem is not a shortage of people. The problem is a shortage of courage, commitment, and sacrifice.
The Ultimate Character Test Any Great Leader Passes
…where does the deepest level of leadership success come from? Ultimately it doesn’t come from a leader’s skill set; it comes from a leader’s character…
Character—far more than skill set—determines how deeply and passionately people follow you. A leader with character is a leader worth following…
Character, more than anything else, draws the hearts of people to your leadership.
The greatest leaders are highly skilled people whom other people love to be around. They’re people others admire, not just because they’re smart, but because they’re the kind of person other people want to become.
I love this piece from Tim Fall…
The Impossibility of a Christian Nation –Tim Fall
Yet if nations could be Christians what might that look like?
The nation would…
-Care as much for foreigners as its own citizens.
-Never neglect the needs of widows and orphans.
-Not lord itself over other nations.
-Serve other nations, not seek to come out on top.
-Not think more highly of itself than it should.
-Turn the other cheek when other nations hurt it.
-Love its enemy nations.
-And over all this and more, exhibit fruit of the Spirit at home and abroad.
Anyone reading that list would see it’s impossible to fulfill.
People who say America is or has been or should be a “Christian nation” don’t mean they want America to fulfill that list either.* That is because a nation that’s a Christian would be one that serves all other nations, always seeking their good before its own. That’s not what people want out of their government.
They don’t want to live in a nation that would love its neighbors that much.
The real issue, though, is that people, not nations, are the ones who can be called Christians…
Graphic design is way more important than most church leaders believe. There is excellent advice here…
Three tips to instantly improve your church’s graphic design
Over the course of my career I have helped hundreds of churches with their web and graphic design. I have seen all the pitfalls, all the cliches, and all the different ways we boldly declare to the world “there is no commercial graphic artist in our midst!” I also have seen the path to vastly improving the design efforts of your good hearted volunteers. Whether it be bulletin design, sermon slides, lyric projections, or (especially) web graphics for your site and social media.
While very very few people have the expertise to tell you technical reasons that your graphic design is off-putting, everyone has a built-in appreciation for aesthetic, if even at the sub-conscious level. Poor graphic design will leave someone with a bad “feeling”, even if they aren’t consciously aware of it, or can’t articulate it.
If you are an untrained volunteer tasked with the creation of graphics for your organization, here are three things you can do that will take you miles down the road of communicating more effectively with your community…
The first rule of Yoga Club…