How To Plan Your Week

Weekly planning is one of the keystone habits for a productive life. Why? Because you will either be a slave to your calendar or a slave to the chaos. A chaotic life is one lived without intention, thinking about how you will use your time. Such chaos often leads us to pass our days living…

Habit Stacking

You win at life and leadership by doing the basics. How do you actually do them? Well, first you need to know what the basics of life and leadership are. For my vocation, I have distilled out five essential habits for Christian leadership. They are: Daily prayer Weekly exercise Evening routine Weekly Sabbath Digital minimalism…

Do the Basics

Do the basics. You nothing without the basics. So much of success in life in general, and leadership in particular, is merely doing the basics. There is a large market for sharing the latest leadership hack, trick, or steroid which will make things better or cause your church to grow. It won't happen. Anything good…

How to disciple someone: a practical guide

Jesus gave the church the task to "make disciples" of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20). He did not reserve the task to just a select few, however. All Christians can make disciples...that means you can make disciples! Unfortunately, many pastors and books make discipleship seem complicated. It's not. Here is a practical guide for how to disciple…

Team of Teams for LBC

Here are some scattered thoughts about how the book Team of Teams applies to LBC. 1. Focus on structure and culture of the church. Don't worry about creating a "top down" org chart, those are terrible anyway. Try to visualize the "web" of relationships between the ministry. Leaders must be "crafters of culture." What kind of…

Wildly Important Goals

People waste a lot time at work. Too often, they end up doing things which don't really matter. The authors of 4DX wants leaders to reclaim their time and and purpose by focusing on Wildly Important Goals (WIGs). WIGs are the one or two things which really drive results for an organization. However, leaders often give in…

Team of Teams by Stanley McChrystal

General Stanley McChrystal wrote Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World to recount how the Joint Special Operation Task Force evolved into a new kind of organization. In 2003, McChrystal came to a startling revelation: they were losing. Even though the US forces were better trained, better resourced, and far more expansive,…

4 Disciplines of Execution

Why do some great ideas fail? Simply put: there's too much talk and not enough walk. Some organizations are really good at writing down a strategy but much less effective at actually implementing it. The greatest plans in the world mean nothing unless there's execution: actually getting the work done. But what keeps organizations from…