Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Big Week

my apologies to the faithful blog readers. i took a hiatus. i hope you understand. the tank was empty, but it's starting to refill. i'll be back.

ok, in the past week, i got to experience my yearly festival of celebration...father's day, my anniversary, and my birthday. think about it. a week that's all about me. here are my numbers:
  • 25...years as a dad
  • 32...years of marriage
  • 53...years inhabiting the planet

i think it's time to break out the party favors.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Pastoral counseling

i really don't want to be insensitive to the deep problems and complicated histories that people have, or to the damaging effects of sinful behavior, but there are some days i feel like the best thing i can say to people is...well, see for yourself: - Stop It!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Comfort and conviction

i read a quote this afternoon that really made me think...

"If you have courage, you will influence people based on your convictions. If you lack courage, you will influence people based on your comfort zones. Courage will take you anywhere you believe God is leading you. Without courage, you will go where you are comfortable."

courage is a virtue that i want to have. i know that i have convictions. i know that i want to influence people. i know that influencing people is a difficult road...if i stick to my convictions. the problem is that i will frequently run back to my comfort zones of wanting people to like me or wanting to stay out of conflict or not wanting people to be hurt.

if i really believe that god is leading me, courage is the only thing that will allow me to follow... because when god is leading, he is never concerned with my comfort. he is only concerned with truth and what is best for his kingdom.

that should be a comforting thought...

Monday, June 04, 2007

Ability quotients

alan nelson is a writer with group publishing and he posted an article about healthy churches recently:

One goal of healthy churches is to maximize people’s strengths and to minimize their weaknesses, and it’s best accomplished by matching people with jobs that take full advantage of their strengths. This goal requires leaders to be excellent judges of their churches’ needs as well as the strengths and weaknesses of their people. I have found the following seven ability quotients to be helpful in aligning people’s strengths with organizational needs.

1) Intelligence quotient. People with high IQs enjoy complex, conceptual projects, whereas those with lower IQs are best suited for concrete, task-oriented roles.
2) People quotient. Folks with high PQs are good with others, excel in customer service, and enjoy highly visible roles. Those with low PQs work best behind the scenes, often at task-oriented jobs.
3) Energy quotient. People with high EQs (rabbits) enjoy having plenty to do. Those with low EQs (turtles) are not necessarily lazy, but they resist being pressured or asked to do more.
4) Resource quotient. People with high RQs generously give their time, talent, or treasure. Those with low RQs may be sincere and dedicated, but they aren’t eager to share their personal resources.
5) Attitude quotient. Attitudes are contagious, so put people with positive AQs where they’ll influence others. Steer those with negative AQ’s away from influential roles.
6) Motivational quotient. Motivation is the engine that drives all the other quotients. People with high MQs are eager to commit to organizational goals, whereas those with low MQs resist. (Leaders are MQ raisers.)
7) Spirituality quotient. It should go without saying that churches must be lead by folks who have achieved high levels of spiritual maturity. People with high SQs are solid and mature. Those with low SQs often vacillate in their spiritual commitments and become defeated quickly.

Many, if not most, organizational problems arise when people are placed in positions that demand more than their quotients allow. A careful evaluation of both people and expectations is therefore critical to the success of any church.

i'm curious. are you where you need to be? are you doing what you should be doing? what quotients do you excel in? which ones do you feel are holding you back? what should you be doing about it?