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?

Freedom and Infringement on the team

What does your freedom cost someone else on your team? We have talked about it before, it comes up often in the average workplace, and I speak about it so often. The balance between authority and responsibility is a hard one to strike. We want the 2 to get along at all times but the … Continue reading Freedom and Infringement on the team

Being and Doing

I had the opportunity to preach about Mary and Martha recently. A very familiar story about how 2 sisters respond to Jesus coming to their house for a visit. A friend asked how I would be presenting the story, and I simply texted: Martha bad, Mary good I was kidding of course. But I reflected … Continue reading Being and Doing

Values you hold, things that just take energy

Do you remember me asking what you were hoping to hold on to after COVID? It has been a couple of years, so here is the refresher: That post about what we hold onto after COVID Keeping things we value for an extended period of time can be difficult. I see it in churches, in … Continue reading Values you hold, things that just take energy

The next stop on the journey!

It's not about the destination, it is all about the journey...Tweet How often have you encountered that sentiment? I know I have on more than one occasion, and I have most definitely repeated those words on more than a few occasions. It is timeless in that it reminds us to focus on how the road … Continue reading The next stop on the journey!

Do you have a timeline?

One of my favourite tools for individuals and groups is creating a timeline. Have you ever done one? Basically, a timeline is exactly how it sounds. Go through meaningful events in your life or in a specific place and space, order them according to their place in time, and then discuss their meaning. To add … Continue reading Do you have a timeline?

Why am I doing this???

As I prepared to fly up to a couple of remote communities this weekend, I figured I would relax a moment and take in the first season of the show Alone. If you have not seen it yet, take a gander here: https://g.co/kgs/sQR8oY It is basically 10 outdoorsman, carrying 10 survival items from a list, … Continue reading Why am I doing this???

Not just a pivot. It is a re-vision.

Pivot. New normal. Languishing. WFH. #workfromhome. You need to unmute. Zoom. Virtual meeting. Circuit breaker. Doomscrolling. Social distancing. Opportunity. In this together… What words are you learning to hate during the pandemic? Some are hard to resist. They start off well-meaning, but then become over-used, and finally, they are just plain annoying to hear. ‘Pivot’ … Continue reading Not just a pivot. It is a re-vision.

On Purpose: So, what is your purpose?

Do you have a purpose statement? Have you ever written one? Or do you have one memorized? Maybe you have put together a personal statement before or have been part of a process with your team or workgroup. Do you remember it? It does cause some awkwardness in meetings when you bring up the subject … Continue reading On Purpose: So, what is your purpose?