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…

A New Testament Biblical Theology

G.K. Beale displays his understanding of the New Testament's storyline in his book, A New Testament Biblical Theology. Biblical scholars regularly dispute what the exact nature of "biblical theology" actually is. For example, is biblical theology an attempt to find the "center" of the Bible or the tracing of certain themes from beginning to end? Beale…

Bill Walsh’s Standard of Performance

Bill Walsh was the legendary coach of the San Fransisco 49ers in the 1980s. He took over a team that was previously 1-15 and in three years won a Super Bowl. The backbone of Walsh's success was his "Standard of Performance," his leadership principles. Bill Walsh assembled his leadership principles into 17 bullet points which…

Thriving Youth Groups

Jeanne Mayo wrote Thriving Youth Groups to record her process for establishing a friendship culture in the various Youth Ministries she has run in her career. She believes that building a culture of friendship is the key to growing a youth ministry. Students will not come back to the Youth Group if they are not accepted…

Sticky Leaders

Sticky Leaders is about how to change an existing organization. Most attempts to make changes fail (18). But many books don't talk about failure because it doesn't sell well. Plus, as Nassim Taleb has pointed out, we're all prone to the "survivor bias." We see those who've been successful and try to emulate them, not…

So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Cal Newport contends that “following your passion” is bad advice. Why? Because many interesting careers have complicated origin stories (13). It’s not just, “Hey, I loved doing this, and then found the perfect job which matched my love. Often, people stumble into a field. Being passionate about often takes time and mastery  (17). Telling people…

Less Chaos. Less Noise.

Kem Meyer's book Less Chaos. Less Noise. teaches churches to communicate more effectively. Here are some reflections on the book. More choices does not mean more engagement. Response: dial back the volume (42). App: Send less emails, texts, etc. Make more phone calls! User experience is by far the best "advertisement" (52). App: Make things an awesome experience. Build culture of…