The Way of Renovation

How do we change?
How do I change?
How are we / am I changed?
Why is change so hard?

These are the questions I ask almost every day. At the core of my ministry and my being - is to help people flourish. To help people flourish, I must help them change. To be in the Christian ministry is to be in the ministry of life change.

To be in the Christian ministry is to be deeply associated with reformation, transformation, and renovation of the heart.

The evangelical church has a widely held and tragically flawed theory of change. It goes like this (albeit in many different guises). Information changes you. Ideas change you. Beliefs change you. Doctrine changes you. Truth changes you.

Ten Reasons Leaders (and anyone for that matter) Don't Finish Well

I don't know who the original creator of this image is, you can find it at many places on the internet. My gratitude to the creative individual behind the image.

I can't tell you enough how much I have been influenced by J. Robert Clinton (i.e. Bobby Clinton, and no relationship to a "power couple" in the USA). Bobby Clinton was in the Fuller School of World Missions, where his focus was on leadership. He is a prolific author, although his books are not easy reading. They are loaded with complex systems of development, filled with a terminology that must be grasped, and not especially well-written. However - they are priceless in their content and well worth the time to gather the substance and wisdom on every page.

Pathways and Permission

Here is a great quote from a friend of mine, who is quite a leader.

The most powerful kind of leadership is to offer people pathways and permissions to do things they want to do but feel unable to do for themselves.  That sort of leadership evokes energies within people that far exceed the powers of coercion. Parker Palmer

For me, this is the kind of leadership mindset that will be most powerful and fruitful in the emerging world. Collaborative, facilitative, developmental, adding value to others, a sort of John the Baptist role of preparing the way for others to advance...

I have been blessed by having others in this role for me. I have been committed to doing this for others as well.

American Teens

And Their (Not) So Secret Lives

In Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, Clark and Powell describe two factors that are working against teenagers.

First, the adults in their lives are less available to them then ever.
This is a HUGE issue, because it is the time in life when they need adults to be present in consistent, empowering, supportive ways. Not only are the adults who should be there - not there. When the adults are there, it is often in unhelpful and even harmful ways. The result is a mistrust and skepticism on the part of teens, toward adults.

Finding Emerging Leaders

Most organizations are on the lookout for emerging leaders.
Most organizations are in great need of good talent and talent with lots of potential to become great talent.

So what do you look for in emerging leaders and what do I look to build into emerging leaders. Here is one short (and good) list to shape and reshape what you look for.

How to Spot Future Leaders

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtion International


Introducing a New Series of Posts on LIFE LONG LEARNING

Life Long Learning - Note 01

One of the core values that has always shaped my life is that of life long learning. Even when I didn't know of this phrase, I was in a learning mode. I love to learn. Learner, ideation and intellection are two of my Strengths-Finders strengths

The illiterate of the 21st century, lifelong learning, Alvin TofflerThree of my favorite quotes will introduce this series of posts.

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. Alvin Toffler

The capacity to learn is a gift;
The ability to learn is a skill;
The willingness to learn is a choice.

Briah Herbert

When an Old Man Dies...

The Library Of Your Life
Yesterday... early... about 5:30 a.m., I came across this image and proverb. I was immediately drawn to it. I am a visual learner. I love the power of the image to communicate to my heart and mind, a truth, a possibility, an opportunity, an encounter. That is why I read. I am a visual learner. That is why I design creative communication experiences that are rich in image. That is why I find images and add the right quote/proverb/idea to the image. 

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