Friday’s List | December 15

fridays-listEvery Friday I post a short list of the things I’m reading, listening to, loving and wrestling with:

Here’s what I’m reading right now:

Healthy Church Growth: Programs Vs. Path by Tony Morgan on CareyNieuwhof.com. Tony does a great job of explaining a really important topic.

More than a feeling: Ten design practices to deliver business value by  John Edson, Garen Kouyoumjian, and Benedict Sheppard on McKinsey.com. Fascinating read. Don’t miss this one.

How Your Calendar Is Killing You (And What To Do About It) by Carey Nieuwhof. This is a must read! Get ready for 2018 by working ON your calendar.

The Guy Who Cut the Door into The Last Supper by Phil Cooke. Always find great cultural insights here.

STORYTELLING IN 3 DIMENSIONS by Mel McGowan on Outreach.com. Some great insights here. Mel McGowan is one of the most creative people I know. This is a great read!

Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals by Michael Hyatt. This is a great read! Don’t miss this one!

Here’s what I’m listening to:

Dr. Michael Gervais—The Mental Game, Part 1 on the EntreLeadership Podcast. Gervais works with high performers (sports teams, Olympic athletes, etc.). I will be listening to this one AGAIN.

Esther Fedorkevich On Pro Tips On Getting Your Message Out There, How Anyone Can Get Published And How To Stand Out In A Crowded Marketplace on the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast. Completely out of left field. This is a fascinating conversation.

The Fierce Urgency Of Now by Todd Henry on the Accidental Creative podcast. Very practical coaching on a daily and moment by moment practice.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. Fascinating! I heard/read about this book from multiple VERY smart people. Glad I picked it up (on Audible).

All the Earth by The Belonging Co. So good! Wait until you hear Peace Be Still.

Quotes I’m wrestling with:

“”The goal is not to create leadership track or leadership training or leadership process. More than just having a program what we want is a culture. We want a culture that’s consistently developing leaders. There are some things we want everyone to go through. We might have certain classes or training or tools or books More than an organized track, we want is a culture that builds leaders. We want a few things that we all do together so we learn the same language, the same skills. We want dozens or even hundreds of things that are informal. Pick those few things that you want everyone to know. Create a culture where other leaders are developing leaders. ” Craig Groeschel

My own posts I hope you’re reading:

7 Deadly Sins of Small Group Ministry

The 7 deadly sins is a familiar idea. And originally, the 7 sins referred to were actual sins and supposedly unforgivable. So are there 7 deadly sins of small group ministry? And are they unforgivable?

I believe there are at least 7 deadly sins of small group ministry. I also believe they are forgivable, but there is a consequence. In this case the consequences almost always affect unconnected people, group leaders and group members.

Beginning the Journey

About a decade ago I tripped across a diagram that has proven to be an excellent visual* to explain the process of getting to there. If I’ve used it once, I’ve used it at least a thousand times.

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