Are You Leading a Tribe?

Seth Godin wrote a book about Tribes that every Pastor and leader should read. It’s all about leadership, but it skips past all the corporate, motivational, zen stuff and gets down to the root of the issue…

It turns out that it’s tribes, not money, not factories, that can change our world… ~ Seth Godin

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Seth Godin’s Thought on Big Ideas

Here’s a gigantic thought from Seth Godin in just nine words…


I wonder how true that is of churches. A large (or growing) church was just a little church nobody killed.

I also wonder how true this is for churches to hear. The big, winning ideas about reaching your community were just the little ideas nobody squashed with such words as “we’ve never done it that way before,” or “I’m not sure we should waste money on outreach – doesn’t grow on trees, you know…” and other such nonsense.

168 Hours: What Is Most Important?

In Search Of Lost TimePastors live toward Sunday. Most people celebrate hitting the door on Friday afternoon, but for Pastors, the work is only coming to a climax amidst the busy weekends of our lives. On Sunday night, we decompress and on Monday morning, we’re at it again (only the smart ones take Mondays off). No matter how great the sermon seemed to you and everyone else, you start over on Monday.

Add to this cycle the unexpected interruptions, the personal issues, crises, and all of the other administrative duties of overseeing a staff and church family. Telemarketers pick your busiest weeks to share with you an opportunity to reach out that you just can’t afford not to hear. But from one Sunday to the next, you get 168 hours. That’s it. Every time. God is consistent.

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When Good Design and Effective Marketing Clash

That’s right – great design work can sometimes be counterproductive to effective storytelling. Seth Godin addresses this point in his blog on The first question every web site designer must ask. His basic conclusion is that some organizations need for the public to stand in awe of the design, but some don’t. The design can distract people from the story. How do you feature the right stuff? Continue reading When Good Design and Effective Marketing Clash

Invitations, Altar Calls, and Great Conclusions

Speaking at BMAA Missions Symposium I admit an area of weakness in my preaching – concluding (I think it’s one weakness among many). It’s jokingly said that preachers have a tendency to circle the runway quite a few times instead of landing the plane. One of the primary problems is that we don’t usually plan our sermons with the end of the message in mind. We work diligently on the content, presentation, exegesis, and illustrations, but we don’t plan for the end.

Seth Godin writes about presentations and the oft-heard phrase “I’m sorry, we’re out of time.” Preachers ought to read it!

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