Category Archives: change

reminders of God’s presence on the journey

Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability — and that it may take a very long time. And so I think it is with you; your ideas mature gradually — let them grow, let them shape themselves without undue haste. Don’t try to force them on, as though you could be today what time (that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will) will make of you tomorrow. Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you. And accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete. – Pierre Teilhard De Chardin

Tonight I awoke to thoughts about the many conversations over the past few days about a new threshold – “a space that sits between two places…between two environments…between two experiences. They’re spaces that you pass through to move from where you’ve been to a new reality” (friend Rob Yackley). As our family finds ourselves in the midst of a new threshold, I am encouraged by the words of Teilhard and reminded that we are in a good and beautiful place.

Where are you experiencing movement from one place (environment, experience) to another?

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changing paradigms by Ken Robinson

Another talk about Ken Robinson pn Changing Paradigms. This time with a creative way to visualize it.

What implications might this have for Sunday school and spiritual formation?

kids included in church?

Check this post out by Jonathan Acuff, author of Stuff Christians Like.

This is what I wrote in my comments on the SCL site:

“First, this video is hilarious and the opinions are all over the map.

Rooted within the video is an interesting belief about how we practice and understand church. The question that Jon asks is a small look (microcosm) of how the church in North America has come to practice – the larger the church, the more likely the church is segmented by age and stage of life. If we are asking this question about children (or teenagers) and using terminology like “big church” and/or “adult worship” we might be missing the point of the church and our role in discipling all ages and stages.

If you are interested, take a look at this article by Kara Powell in Leadership magazine from a few months back: Is the Era of Age Segmentation Over? It is worth the read as we think about segmenting or segregating kids (or others) from the body of Christ.”

What do you think, could we be missing the point of church?

innovation and the church

This video is good news for the church.

In 20 minutes, author, speaker and business thought leader Gary Hamel speaks on innovation and the church. Here are some of his key ideas for churches who desire to become more innovative:

(1) Overcome our natural tendency to deny things that discomfort us.

(2) Generate higher numbers of new strategic options…experiment and fail forward.

(3) Challenge our orthodoxies or dogmas (habits on how we do or are the church).

(4) Think from the outside-in. We are called to work with outsiders as we co-design.

(5) Have a stance or posture to being open to as many people as we can.

(6) To build an organization that is innovative, we need to turn the pyramid (power relationships) upside down. For example, mission shaped communities.

(7) Stay focused on core values. The why of what we do rather than the what and the how.

What do you think about Hamel’s ideas?

innovating culture change

In the last 6 months, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from both Alan Roxburgh and Scott Cormode about change and I’m not certain I know what I’m doing.

I read this blog post by Alan Roxburgh tonight and I think this is one of the most difficult realities of leadership today?

What do you think of this challenge?