That’s right. The only time in MY LIFE I was asking for more copy was when I read The Pillars of the Earth.
What made this minimalist read a 1,000 page novel about cathedral architecture in medieval England and end up begging for more?
I never would have picked this book up on my own. Nothing about it’s title, description, genre, size — anything — appealed to my typical interest. But, I was badgered by my daughter. She wouldn’t let it go. I finally picked it up to make her happy, convinced she didn’t know what was good for me.
Boy, was I wrong.
Only a few pages in, and I could NOT put this book down. The whole thing took me by surprise. What made it such a GREAT STORY?
So impressed with Braden Burget… he’s a 13 year old member of the Granger Drama Team & he went TO TOWN! Quick rundown of the Blindside…well done!
I think this series is making a connection with people. Online viewers are 3x higher than last week and the highest since May 2009. Next week? Avatar. Can’t wait.
This spring, I wrapped up my first coaching season with twelve communications leaders and influencers. While a coaching network isn’t for everyone, it’s a highly unique and rewarding experience for anyone who is a part of it. It was a great season.
I’ve been asked to do it again this fall and I couldn’t be more eager to get started. I count it a privilege. Who it’s for? Glad you asked…
If this sounds like something you want to be a part of, complete the application by
August 1. By design, it’s limited to only 12 participants (and there’s only six three one spots left).
I’m looking forward to seeing who shapes this season.
Tip:There are also a few spots left in the Executive Pastors and Connections Strategies Coaching Networks. We coordinated three networks to happen at the same time to make it easier for teams to leverage the time and travel investment. That’s how we roll and we thought you might, too.
Looking for a unique creative conference with new voices that help you see things differently and do things more effectively? STORY happens September 23-24, 2010 in downtown Chicago and has some of the best ministry and marketplace creative practitioners (filmmakers, authors, actors and musicians) involved. I’m excited to see speaker names on here that aren’t part of the “Christian Conference” short list…
Seating is limited to only 500 attendees and it’s scheduled on Thursday/Friday so you can enjoy the weekend in the city. It’s a two-day, main-stage event with no breakouts or workshops; just an intimate audience with the top creative minds. You’ll be able to ask questions during the event and continue the conversation after it's over.
Thought you’d want to know.
This question has weighed heavily on me for the past several months. When I consider some differences between the two:
I realize that, over time, our team (and church) has assumed some institutional baggage. That’s an uncomfortable truth (because who wants that?) and it’s even more uncomfortable as I become more aware of the same truth in my own personal leadership (oh, snap.)
The exciting part of this awareness is that we’re ON IT! As a church team, we’ve been on a journey to address our adaptive challenges, nurture the chaos of new life and break paradigms that create barriers. It’s not that we’re wrestling with the value of structure but re-discovering where and how much of that structure is essential to equipping unstoppable, organic multiplication.
Quotes I’m resonating with…
It’s exciting. And, challenging. I am energized as we find ways to leverage organizational strength to release a decentralized network that can change the world. Here’s some of the resources we’re diving into to help find some language and practical next steps.
It’s a complicated concept. How does communication arts work with creative arts? Where does digital media come into the conversation? The answer is somewhere between two extremes; strict, inflexible systems are not any more helpful in the long run than the chaos of no system at all.
Shrink the Church just posted a free resource to help you get your head around the concept of who should be talking to who, when it makes sense to have those conversations, what deliverables hit at what interval and more. What a great tool to use to brainstorm with your team to customize your own framework.
This past week, I asked Jeff Bell to spend some time with our communications network talking about the paradoxes of multi-site communication. Here are a few simple bullets of wisdom he shared.
People are threatened by people different than them and by situations they don’t understand. They increase efforts to control the world, destroying it in the process.
Pride and conceit appear when people get comfortable. And, the church is full of two types people; those who are set in their ways and those who aren’t. I am encouraged and motivated to change the world by embracing change.
If you’ve never heard of the Echo Conference, allow me to introduce you. If you have, then you’ll just want to jump to the bottom of this post for the real news here.
July 28-30, 2010
Dallas, Texas, Watermark Church
|Digital media in ministry; visual storytelling, event programming, social media, online community, graphic and motion design, etcetera, etcetera.|
|Creators and communicators who don’t necessarily preach. I’ll be there. These guys will be there. Will you?|
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You have from now until July 1st to git-r-done. After July 1st, my awesomely named discount code expires.