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Posted 12/1/13 at 10:26 PM | Christian Post
Posted 11/6/13 at 11:19 AM | Christian Post
Welcome to the second day of live blogging R13, The Resurgence 2013 Conference.
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, producers of The Bible TV series talk about making a movie about Jesus for theaters. Burnett says that the same character portraying Jesus made appearances in the Old Testament parts of the TV series. The voice of Jesus spoke to Moses.
Clips from the new movie The Son of God were shown at R13.
Tim Smith, a pastor at Mars Hill Church in Portland, gives a report on the first day of the conference. People from more than 150 nations viewed the conference online.
Mark and Roma are interviewed by the local hosts on the live stream. Roma says they filmed the entire project in Morocco. Roma says that the wind blew through the set symbolizing the Holy Spirit. FULL POST
Posted 11/5/13 at 12:03 PM | Christian Post
Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, is hosting R13, the 2013 Resurgence Conference. The conference coincides with the release of Driscoll's book A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? Live stream available here.
In his opening remarks Driscoll jokes about Reformed pastors' sermons being better than their churches' music and charismatic churches' music being better than their sermons. Driscoll also discusses "tribalism".
Driscoll introduces the next speaker, Dr. Crawford Loritts, the pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia.
Loritts describes pastors that have been destroyed by pride and competition. Loritts challenges pastors to be who God called and created them to be. Loritts says that greatness is determined by faithfulness and that it eludes the person that pursues it.
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Posted 11/1/13 at 4:50 PM | Christian Post
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Posted 9/30/13 at 1:26 PM | Christian Post
The North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention is promoting October 2nd as a day of prayer based on the Bible verse Luke 10:2.
And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. - Luke 10:2
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Posted 9/20/13 at 2:27 PM | Christian Post |
The organizers of See You at the Pole are expanding their vision for student-led prayer by hosting the Global Week of Student Prayer next week (Sunday, September 22 - Saturday, September 28, 2013). The official See You at the Pole event will still take place on Wednesday morning at 7 am.
Starting Sunday the Prayer Concerns blog will be posting lists of prayer requests for students and student ministries.
This year's theme for See You at The Pole is #IFTHEN and is inspired by the Bible verse 2 Chronicles 7:14.
National Network of Youth Ministries describes the new strategy like this:
NNYM also offers some advice for youth pastors and youth Bible study teachers:
We believe you’ll do the youth in your city a big favor if you challenge them to ask God, and do what He says. Do you dare to challenge them, and release them to follow His Spirit’s leading?
Even more, what might happen if we learn with them how to be better listeners to God's voice?
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Posted 9/13/13 at 1:15 PM | Christian Post
According to Holiday Insights, today is Fortune Cookie Day.
On the Catholic Answers Forums someone asks the question, "Is it a sin to read the little note in a Fortune Cookie?"
One person answers that question by saying, "No - unless you have faith in the fortune it is conveying."
Other Christians believe that we should avoid all fortune cookies.
A poster at Yahoo Answers asks the question, "How should a True Christian™ handle fortune cookies?"
The trademark symbol may indicate sarcarsm but here are several of the comments which indicate a diversity of opinion on the topic:
It is best to avoid fortune cookies. Have nothing to do with the works of darkness but rather reprove them. (Ephesians 5:11) FULL POST
Posted 8/30/13 at 4:44 PM | Christian Post
This year See You at the Pole is sponsoring Global Week of Student Prayer. The theme for 2013 is #IFTHEN based on 2 Chronicles 7:14.
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Posted 8/9/13 at 10:06 AM | Christian Post |
Marty Duren is live blogging the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. The two-day leadership conference is held at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois. Pastor Bill Hybels and other Christians leaders share what they've learned about the skills needed in leadership. Today (Friday, August 9th) is the last day of the conference.
Record keeping is a huge part of influence strategy. When people see progress they will continue in a given direction.--MD
The space we inhabit affects our choices.
To properly motivate we need to look at structural incentives. How to get better interest rates, etc.
The number of HOV lane violators in Washington State dropped by 80% when peers on the interstate report the violation via phone. That call generated a letter to the offender. There was no fine.
People don't like people on the interstate not to like them and modify behavior accordingly.
Businesses that excel spend a lot of time in coaching and training.
Motivation is a big part of the model, but ability is a big factor. Most people start with ability, skills, gifts.
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Posted 8/8/13 at 10:59 AM | Christian Post
Marty Duren is live blogging the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. The two-day leadership conference is held at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois. Pastor Bill Hybels and other Christians leaders share what they've learned about the skills needed in leadership.
With the title I've been given, how can I be the best Jesus I can be?
If we aren't careful there are major cities who, in the next 20 years, will be getting some really nice civic centers because some major churches will be closing down. Reason? The church has been dependant on a single personality.
When you can make room at the top for the young eagles, you will get a healthier you, team and church or organization.
Spirtual leadership serves the staff, rather than protecting title and position. A secure leader will pick up a towel.
Never get caught up in the good thing and miss the God thing.
A pagan king (the Pharoah over Joseph) had a better idea of godly leadership than the king of God's people (Saul).
Saul did not have room in the chariot for David. He could not celebrate the achievements of others if they began to overshadow him.
Rather than being jealous of David, Saul should have embraced David and partnered with him. "We are members of the 11,000 Club."
When it got bad, Saul felt like any neck was better than his own.
Chris Brown session begins.
End of fourth session.
The top of the intelligence hierarchy is the genius maker, not the genius.
Are you leading like a genius or a genius maker?
Asking instead of telling reveals the strength of the team.
Stop saying, "How hard can it be?" when things are really hard.
Extremely high capacity leaders need to take care they don't quash lesser capacity leaders by dismissing actual difficultures in the guise of optimism. --MD
Do we do our greatest damage when we withhold our most noble intentions.
Multipliers are talent magnets. They are debate makers. They are liberators, but they challenge their people to bring their best thinking.
Diminishers want to hire the best talent, but then treat them like curios on a shelf. They delegate small decisions. They spend a lot of time trying to get buy-in on decisions they have already made.
Dimishers are selfish, did not listen, control, micromanage.
Multipliers have vision, use talent, let the team drive, are trust gurus.
Multipliers believe their people are smart and they will figure it out. Dimishers believe people always will need help.
The difference between pressure and stress is a matter of control. If you withhold pressure, it causes stress on the others who work under you. Don't spread the stress; spread the pressure.
Verbal affirmation not only affirms, it opens ideas. One coach told a player, "You are fast." He'd never thought about it before, but the kid noticed he began to run harder. The coach pointed out something true, but unseen by the player.
People around you do their best work when you live like a multiplier. People get smarter as they work around you.
Multipliers get so much brain power from their talent that they essential double their workforce for free.
Liz has to follow comedian Michael, Jr. He was fantastic. --MD
End of third session.
Three signs of a miserable job: irrelevance (my job does not matter), immeasurement (using the wrong metrics), anonymity (no one knows or cares about me or what I do).
When we allow others to evaluate themselves we lose a measure of control, and that's why we resisite it.
How often and what you measure depends on what you are doing. People need a metric for feedback to help employees know they are doing a good job.
We had a bit of rain and lightning, so the Internet was out for a while. Which is really sad since Patrick Lencioni hit a grand slam.
End of second session
Leaders in churches want to be challenged.
I have chosen to spend the rest of my life helping kids.
I told my pastor if we are really going to live our faith we have to leave our affluent area and adopt this all Hispanic and Black kids.
Tell me early.
Tell me about the problem early so we can get it taken care of. Let me give you some guidance.
Hybels: "What leader on the world stage did you have tremendous respect for?"
Powell: "I cannot name just one. I'm the product of every person has impacted my life."
H: "You're dodging this."
P: "Of course I am. But you mentioned one earlier, Nelson Mandela."
Promote people based on their potential not on their performance.
"What character in a young leaders is a real red flag?"
"Ego." Powell said this with no hesitation at all.
Subordinates know when a peer isn't getting the job done because they are right there with them. And, they are waiting for the leader to do something about it.
Promoting the one not getting it done is not the answer. --MD
"How do you know when to fire someone, and when to give that same person a second chance?"
"I tried to adapt the personalities of my subordinates."
Get mad, but then get over it.
It will be better, because we can make it better.
Hybels: "You do a lot of your leadership by proverbs, or axioms."
"It'll look different in the morning." "Yeah, it may not."
I'm sure throughout my career some people saw and officer and some people just saw a black guy.
Discussion turns to racism:
"Were you ever a part of racial discrimination?"
"Yes, but I was also fortunate in that I came along as the country was making changes. Fort Benning was great, but Columbus, Georgia was a segregated city."
"As a practical matter, a segregated army made no sense."
Hybels is commenting on Powell's interaction with a bunch of wounded veterans. He always started the conversation, "Were you a good soldier?"
Powell: The warrior wants to be recognized as having served their country and buddies well.
Now being interviewed by Bill Hybels
Failure is an option--every time. Great leaders understand this and plan accordingly.
If you want to make sure you keep moving forward, have a destination.
Great leaders have themes people understand that are constantly repeated.
Subordinates must be empowered and trusted.
People need to know their zone of operation and have freedom to operate within it.
Hire people who can do the job and let them do it.
I worked with a number of presidents, both Republican and Democrat, and enjoyed working for all of them.
The best organizations I've been are the ones where the individuals know their purpose. That collection of individuals give the organization purpose.
Even the clean-up crew has a purpose. I didn't believe I could achieve my purpose as secretary of state if she didn't achieve her purpose in cleaning the offices.
How are we making a contribution to society by what we are doing?
It's the followers that get it done. I've tried to focus my leadership efforts on the followers.
Never as a child dreamed of being chairman of the joint chiefs.
Powell could not attend VMI, the Citadal or Texas A&M because of the racial biases of the South.
Educated in the public school system.
Powell, as far as I can tell, as no notes, no lecturn, and no teleprompter. --MD
Colin Powell's latest book is It Worked for Me.
End of first session.
I'm still such a sucker for a changed life. Amen, Bill.
Some of the most rewarding experiences of a leaders marathon are received quite late in the race.
If you lead an organization long enough you will probably have to reinvent the organization, and you will probably have to reinvent yourself more than once. FULL POST