Front-line innovation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shPgLBlBABc& Brilliant. Putting a flywheel on a bike to store lost energy? I ride my bike quite a bit, it’s the cheapest and fastest way I can get around town. This is a relatively simple solution for wasted energy of stopping for a red light. Here’s what I know about innovation. It’s never come out…… Continue reading Front-line innovation

What does your ministry have to do with Dropbox?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHrnCQls0Vc& Did you catch that? Steve Jobs invited Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox, to his office to play Let’s Make a Deal. And Drew Houston walked away. Why? In the written interview for Forbes and the video above you get clued into Houston’s reasoning. “He said we were a feature, not a product.” Apparently, Jobs was…… Continue reading What does your ministry have to do with Dropbox?

The Innovation Gap

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” ~ William Arthur Ward “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly,…… Continue reading The Innovation Gap

New ideas wanted

The numbers are staggering. 5%-10% of the population are actively engaged in church in our country. (With some geographical variations) The United States population continues to grow, the U.S. Census bureau estimates that we’ll have 392 million by 2050. (Currently 307 million) There seems to be an deepening inverse relationship between the amount of money…… Continue reading New ideas wanted

How to Stop Being Boring

Most people are boring. Thirteen years ago, in our first apartment, Kristen and I lived on the 15th floor of a high rise apartment building. If you looked at just the right spot you could see Lake Michigan. And if you hung your head out the window you could look south down LaSalle Boulevard towards…… Continue reading How to Stop Being Boring

Youth Workers: Don’t Punk Out

Youth ministry seems to be facing asymmetrical challenges right now. Two of them on the forefront of my mind are longevity and transference of wisdom. With a tough job market and a climate of deconstruction/re-thinking/shifting in the profession… it really pains me to see a lot of very gifted youth workers move on. Some of…… Continue reading Youth Workers: Don’t Punk Out

Innovating with an established ecosystem

Starting a new organization is an entirely different task than innovating to change an existing organization. Both are hard. But changing and existing organization is way harder. For most of my career I’ve been in turnaround roles. Kristen and I have a little joke… My entire adult work life has seemed like one roller coaster…… Continue reading Innovating with an established ecosystem

Listen to the Right People

Focus on transforming the people you have. The people in your church already have access to the people you want to reach. A popular speaker says, “You need to focus more on reaching than keeping.” That phrase shocks me. It sounds brilliant but is incredibly rude. Do you want to go to that church? I…… Continue reading Listen to the Right People

The Main Thing

Could you help me out? What’s the BIGGEST issue you are dealing with in your church right now? What’s keeping you up at night? DM or @ me. Todd Rhodes tweeted this today. And his question perfectly emphasized what I’ve been thinking about the last few days. This Fall, I’ve had the beautiful opportunity to…… Continue reading The Main Thing