Building Healthy Leaders & Teams

Learning to manage growth and problems in a congregation relieves stress, allowing for a greater harvest.

When I told my buddy about my church planting plans, he said, “You’ll never let go of the ring, Frodo, they never do.” My friend Ken Hiroshige was also my dentist. He drilled me with words while while working a long needle into my jaw. “They never let go when they get to your place. …

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I recently visited Sapporo, Japan. The snow was beautiful and preparations for the Ice Festival were quite interesting. I was there to teach a seminar about making disciples and planting churches. Brought along an extra suitcase filled with winter clothes only to find the daily weather unusually warm, but still freezing overnight. We got fresh …

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Just read an interesting article in the Harvard Business Review. According to a recent McKinsey report, the more ethnic and racial diversity in a team the better they produce, financially. The numbers came in suggesting a 35 percent better return. Gender diversity suggested that companies were liable to be 15 percent better off financially. Building …

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A few years ago, I bought a R*lex watch. I was at a tourist spot overlooking the confluence of the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. It was a “bargain” at just $10. The guy had both wrists covered in fake Rolexes. My watch had gone to wristwatch heaven the day before so I was …

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How would you like to have a billion dollars worth or real estate to help with your newest church plant? We did and it was better than we expected. Illegal At The Beach We actually started our last congregation under a tree in a beach park—illegally. Not real fun when the policeman would slowly check …

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  Early American graveyards bristle with headstones topped with a “skull and crossbones.” These macabre symbols signify death, the ulti mate destroyer. They also bear epitaphs celebrating the life of the person lying below. One thought provoking epitaph reads, “I told you I was sick!” What five or six words best describe your church? Are …

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