I have had the privilege of spending time with Ray Pitman, a member of Resurrection, over the past several months. Several years ago, I officiated at the funeral for his wife, Betty, and we reconnected this summer when I lead worship at Leawood one Saturday night. I found his perspective on capacity to be particularly helpful as presented to an executive MBA class at the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University.
As drinking glasses exist in different sizes, people have varying capacities in life and work. If you fill a glass to the point of overflowing it won’t do any good to keep putting water in it. When your own glass is overflowing you have to be able to recognize that and make sure that you are surrounded by other people who have some additional capacity.
I have had the privilege of spending time with Ray Pitman, a member of Resurrection, over the past several months. Several years ago, I officiated at the funeral for his wife, Betty, and we reconnected this summer when I lead worship at Leawood one Saturday night. He has shared with me over and over his four keys to business and entrepreneurship. I have found them to be applicable in a wide variety of circumstances:
Opportunity – Be able to recognize an opportunity when it presents itself.
Vision – Have the vision to project that opportunity to where it might go; Be able to recognize if this is the opportunity for you
There are many things that I hope to do well as a pastor. One of those is strategic planning. The Wikipedia contributors define strategic planning in this way – “Strategic planning is an organization’s process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, including its capital and people.”
This process is critical for a local church to have significant success in their purpose. At Resurrection, our purpose is that we are building a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians. Each year the church council defines strategic objectives to help us accomplish this purpose. As an associate pastor, I have some role in this process and when I am the lead pastor at a church I want to be great at leading the congregation through this type of planning process.
Strategic planning can undergird the purpose of the church, equipping volunteers, mobilizing for mission and faith sharing. It is a helpful skill for pastors.
While enjoying a chicken sandwich at my local Chick-Fil-A on Saturday, I discovered the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast. It looks to be a great leadership event, with excellent speakers and sites across the country. Here is a rundown of the speakers, from the website:
Voices of Influence
Seth Godin – Entrepreneur, Marketing Expert, & Best-Selling Author of 12 Books Including “Linchpin”
John Maxwell – Leadership Expert & Best-Selling Author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
Voices of Purpose
Mack Brown – Head Coach of the Texas Longhorns, 2009 Big 12 Coach of the Year
Suzy Welch – Best-selling author, television commentator, and noted business journalist
As Pastor of Resurrection Online, I found great value in being part of this conference and I hope to be able to return next year. The ideas that were generated during my time there are enough to continue development of Resurrection Online for more than a year. Good stuff.
I chose to watch the keynote speakers at SXSW Interactive from one of the simulcast rooms, which was nice because I was able to hear great talks without the craziness of the actual keynote room. You can find video of all of the keynote speakers at http://sxsw.com/interactive/live. I particularly recommend the talk by Seth Priebatsch – on the second page of videos.
I came to SXSW Interactive 2011 to gain perspectives, discover technology and learn practical steps that will help Resurrection Online fulfill our purpose of building a Christian community where non and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians. Over the next few days, I will share some highlights and next steps from the day for Resurrection Online and myself.
For the past two years, I have sliced and seeded the yard at our home. Last year we had a tree taken out which led to a large bare spot that needed to be covered. Last year I also had to deal with using Round Up on weeds instead of something that doesn’t kill the grass. This year we have had a hot summer and there were some bare spots that had developed in August and September.
Preparing the ground and spreading the seed is important, however sometimes I wonder if it is really worth it. I overseed the whole lawn and it seems as if there are just small places where it actually makes a difference. This has lead me to reflect on a passage of scripture that I read this week from Mark 4:1-8:
Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain (Mark 4:1-8, TNIV).
Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
It is understandable that not every seed will bear fruit. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:6, TNIV – “I [Paul] planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.”
stickK empowers you to better your lifestyle. We offer you the opportunity, through ‘Commitment Contracts’, to show to yourself and others the value you put on achieving your goals.
Basically you put money down on reaching goals and if you don’t make them you have to start paying your friends or others with whom you have made a commitment contract. This financially incentivizes all kinds of things.
Would this work for spiritual growth? Say for example, a congregant put out a contract that she or he would be in church every weekend unless sick or out of town. Maybe it is reading the Bible or being present in a small group.
I do not believe that this makes sense in the long term. However, for someone that is starting a habit it may actually be helpful.
What are your thoughts, feelings or opinions about this?
Why: Collegiality, mutual encouragement, and hear stories of God‘s work
I will be there on Thursday morning and hope that you can make it. I am leading a pre-institute session in the afternoon, but I encourage you to continue to hang out through the afternoon and into the evening.