President Obama Absent from National Day of Prayer Celebration

President Obama has opted out of most activities in the National Day of Prayer. While he says he intends to pray privately, as a part of his normal daily practice, he will not be active, nor will any of the executive leadership of his administration, in the organized activities of the day. Personally I think the President should recognize the importance of this day to many and at the very least he should have sent token representation from the executive branch of government, but I am not surprised by his absence. The basic organizers of this event have not been among his greatest supporters. [...] Continue Reading…

Assigning Responsibility To Projects within an Organization

One resource helpful for assigning and evaluating responsibilities for a specific task or ministry is the RACI Matrix. It forces the organization to assign specific responsibility and understanding to a project. This eliminates confusion, helps insure projects have the people resources to be completed and provides for accountability. [...] Continue Reading…

Rock Your Community with Building 429

I’m excited about an upcoming concert in Nashville called Rock Your Community. The event will be held Friday, May 15, 2009 at Brentwood Baptist Church beginning at 7 PM. More details are available at the website: http://www.rockyourcommunity.com/ This event is sponsored by Community Outreach Ministries, which “strives to model the love of God and to meet the needs of the broken and wounded of Williamson County by providing a spiritual and pastoral presence in the community.” [...] Continue Reading…

Creating SMART Goals Important for an Organization

I work with lots of church plants and young ventures. I love the enthusiasm and momentum an organization has early in its life. I hope to always be a part of starting something. As I’ve gotten older, however, I’m equally as concerned about sustainability. The right energy and vision will create growth fast, but building an organization that lasts requires having a plan for maintaining viability.
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Tortoise and The Hare Principle of Organizational Growth

Companies such as Twitter and Facebook, for example, have grown at sprint pace. Most likely they will not be able to continue at their current growth rate long term. To be successful in the future and be companies that last they must find ways to convert their growth rate to a steadier pace. The employees of those companies are most likely stretched at this point. They are probably having fun sprinting right now, but their longevity and avoiding burnout will require they achieve healthy pace sometime in the near future. [...] Continue Reading…

Parenting For A Purpose

It could be the fact that we are soon to be “empty-nesters”, but I have been thinking a lot about parenting lately. (Actually our college-aged son still lives at home, but we rarely see him with the differences in our schedules.) I know my days of having a controlled, direct influence over my boys is almost over. I have little leverage with them now. I still pay their insurance and will continue to help them with expenses while they work their way through college, but they could probably make it on their own at this point should they choose to try. I’m not advocating they do (and it wouldn’t be very wise on their part…just in case they read this), but the point is that my parenting role has changed. [...] Continue Reading…

Republican Efforts to Regain Strength (Future of Political Parties)

It is interesting to watch Republicans organize attempts to reclaim their party. As one who has usually voted and supported conservative candidates, I generally agree with the philosophies of government held by the leading Republicans. In recent years, however, I have been less enthusiastic about parties in general, not completely feeling that either major party completely represents my values.
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More Than You Can Bear (My Most Searched Post)

Please know this, God will allow times of struggle greater than YOUR ability to handle it. He allows these times so that you might learn to fully and completely rely on Him. Apart from Him you and I can do nothing. When you and I learn that principle and live accordingly we will be free to experience His power, which is perfected in our weakness. [...] Continue Reading…