When Faith calls out from a Pediatric ICU

The frigid temperature caused me to catch my breath and I squinted as my pupils adjusted to the intense lighting.   After hearing the respirator’s rhythmic sound, I glanced into the room to my right. I felt the sadness of two red-eyed parents as they gingerly held their child’s hand.  My heavy heart became heavier

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Strategic Planning for Dummies, Part 2

In a recent post, Strategic Planning for Dummies, I suggested a simple visual that can simply explain strategic planning. I’ve used the tool below with that visual to help actually implement ministry plans. I hope it helps you. Ministry Event Plan tool for blog

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What this Twit-a-holic learned when his account got SUSPENDED!

Account Suspended This account is currently suspended and is being investigated due to strange activity. ________________________________________________________________ I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read this message from Twitter! Me, Charles Stone, who loves puppies, drives the speed limit, and secretly wants to be a Wal-Mart security guard to catch people really doing bad stuff… had

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Twitter Suspended my Account!

Yikes. Twitter just suspended my account. I’m in Twitter withdrawal! Anybody have any ideas on how to cope with withdrawal? For those of you who got kicked off, how long did it take until they un-suspended you?

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Strategic Planning for Dummies

Strategic planning can sometimes be difficult to explain. This diagram I developed has helped me easily explain the process I call strategic planning for dummies. Strategic planning for dummies The outside circle represents the process of strategic planning. Plan what you want to do Train and communicate to those who will carry out the plan

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What a Guy Who’s been on a Ventilator for 20 Years Taught Me

About 3 months ago a guy wheeled into our church strapped into a motorized wheelchair and breathing on a ventilator. I didn’t learn his name nor begin to learn his story until about a month ago. I spent an hour with him this week and was deeply moved by his story. It all began when

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What I Learned about Team from 3,000 People Last Weekend

This past weekend, between Thursday and Sunday, over 3,000 people volunteered to pack over 500,000 meals for Haiti at our church. It was an incredible collaborative effort between people from five churches, the community, and local businesses. We partnered with a Christian organization called Feed My Starving Children whose sole purpose is encapsulated in its

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Mashed Potatoes, Pride, and God’s Eyes

First impressions often stymie how God wants us to perceive others. Recently we vacationed in Mississippi to visit my wife’s dad and sister. Our visits there have become quite routine. Each day I get up, run, take a shower, go to a buffet, take a nap, watch TV, go to bed, and then the next

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Titherosity: Motivating others to Become More Generous

Every Every pastor must deal with the money issue in his or her church. I stumbled upon a simple way that inspired our church to give more generously than it ever did. Two years ago in January our offerings were tanking. For some reason January giving seems to always drop. My unscientific analysis tells me

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