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I wish I had read this book when I first started in ministry. Like most ministers/leaders I don't like to give up on things, people, ideas or new initiatives. I always have this feeling that "I can turn this around." A change here, a tweak over there and presto! Here's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2012 at Zoo Keeper
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I thought I would share with you some of the tools/apps that I use daily to stay organized and get-things-done. It goes without saying, that these tools can only help support the disciplines and practices that you've already formed. TASK MANAGEMENT - I use the program THINGS - http://culturedcode.com/things/ -... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at Zoo Keeper
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Feb 10, 2012
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In the weekly rhythm of our team there are a series of standing meetings that "POP." Here is what they look like: MONDAY 10:00AM - TOTAL TEAM: A brief time to look at a passage of scripture together, pray together and give a couple of big picture updates. The intentionality... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at Zoo Keeper
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“Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast” Peter Drucker Every church and staff team has a culture. This culture - bad or good - drives the church/team. One of the most critical activities of a leader is to Identify the culture and shift the culture [if need be] towards health. Why? You... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2012 at Zoo Keeper
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This is a blog that explores the rewarding, dangerous, fun, tedious sides of pastoring and leading in Christ's church. I've been a Zoo Keeper [see Zoo Keeper blog below] of sorts, for almost 20 years in four different churches throughout Canada. I've pastored in both small and large churches. Presently,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at Zoo Keeper
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So what's your motivating factor? What gets you out of bed early and sustains you through a ruff week? It is critical for me to keep my bottom line on the dashboard of my week in order for me to remain focused and on point. My bottom line is a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at Zoo Keeper
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A number of years ago I found myself waiting in the food court of a large hospital in Toronto. I quickly realized that I would be there for a while so I got in the line, at Second Cup. The man who had lined up behind me was extremely unkempt... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at Zoo Keeper
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Here's the deal - if you are a leader you have to run meetings. Everyone I know loves to hate meetings. We've all been in meetings that have been too long, irrelevant or disheartening because there are no tangible outcomes. As imperfect as meetings maybe, they are still the best... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Zoo Keeper
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I first read about James Stockdale almost 10 year ago in a business book called "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. Stockdale spent 7 horrific years as a POW in Vietnam. What fascinated me about Stockdale and his experience was his thinking strategies he employed while in prison. In Collins... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at Zoo Keeper
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Often we are eager to set new goals in a New Year without thinking of setting new habits. Habits are the steps that enable us to meet goals. I've been thinking about a quote I read when I was a 20-something year old pastor - "First you form your habits,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at Zoo Keeper
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When my son Keenan was six years old he announced at the dinner table that he was either going to be a "Pastor or a Zoo Keeper." The rest of us laughed and I made an off-handed comment; "sometimes it feels like the same thing." At that particular season I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Zoo Keeper
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