Do you have a community of active participants?

How many meetings have you been to and wondered, "Who is going to do all of this?!" I have been to my fair share. I know how it feels to 'organize' volunteers and suddenly realize no one has committed to anything. Or, as the much quoted legendary statistic says, you have the 'top 10%' do … Continue reading Do you have a community of active participants?

What’s the most important metric?

This is a trick question. You will not find a perfect answer at the end of this post. Sorry, but so much of what determines success for you says something about what you see as most important. We can say we all agree on what is most important, but how we define it will differ. … Continue reading What’s the most important metric?

Awakenings and much needed conversations

What a great week! If you have followed me on social media this past week you will know that I have been inundating my followers with snapshots of my travels to Chicago. I attended the Missio Alliance gathering, Awakenings 2023. Missio Alliance is an organization that is trying to create a commons for open conversation … Continue reading Awakenings and much needed conversations

On Purpose: What do you value?

How do you know what you value? Does it show? Yes, it shows! This is part of a video series I recently put together 'on purpose'. It fits with the workbook I am making available, but it also works with other material I have for individuals and groups. It also stands alone as a means … Continue reading On Purpose: What do you value?

Palm Sunday and adapting your expectations

Oh the plight to have adaptive expectations… I sat here waiting for the weather to be right for me to fly North. The second trip adjustment in place, I was hoping to finally make it to the workshops I planned months ago. Deep sigh. Trip adjustment number three and possibly number four are now in … Continue reading Palm Sunday and adapting your expectations

Are you in control?

Do you trust me? Such a simple question, loaded with implications. If you feverishly watched the series The Last of Us like I did, you will remember this important line from our antihero, Joel. In the moment of crisis, he asks this of Ellie, and it is a key moment in the story to come. … Continue reading Are you in control?

Why Change?

So why change? Because even if you choose not to, it is already happening. How will you choose to make change a natural part of your existence?

Linked 2023 Camp Conference!

Thank you Manitoba Camping Association and Christian Camping International for a great conference experience! It seems like an eternity since the last time I've experienced a conference like this. I was actually scheduled to be the keynote 3 years ago, but then we had a little thing called a pandemic get in the way. So … Continue reading Linked 2023 Camp Conference!

The 5 Dysfunctions of Your Team

Are you feeling comfortable? Comfort is one of those things I cherish, not just in my home, but in everything I do. When I speak of care in work and team settings it always starts with ‘comfort’. If people are not comfortable, they will not share openly or function well, because there is always the … Continue reading The 5 Dysfunctions of Your Team

New Year’s Day

Did you set all of your new year's resolutions? Or are you part of the crowd now saying 'no' to resolutions? Even if you resolve to stay the same, or just be a better person in general, you have set a resolution. Then again, aren't we always setting resolutions for ourselves? We have gone through … Continue reading New Year’s Day

What is the church for?

Now that is an interesting question! One that many churches, at least the ones I have worked with over the years, do not ask of themselves. The more common question is: What is the church? A philosophical reason for being, an introspection into ourselves on repeat. But that is not the most helpful way to … Continue reading What is the church for?

Do you have a ‘BE’ list?

I developed a 'be' list a number of years ago. I realized how often I would reference expectations to my volunteers but did not have anything for them to go to throughout the year. An easy to remember, functional list of items we could all agree on and remind each other of in the moment. … Continue reading Do you have a ‘BE’ list?