At Aspen Group, we’re privileged to work with churches, designing and building effective facilities for their unique ministry ventures. And then there are times when our staff goes a bit beyond their professional roles to really "get their hands dirty" in ministry work. It happens regularly throughout the year, and it’s a blessing to watch how these opportunities shape them as people and impact their work at Aspen when they get back home.
Remember when you were a kid on the playground...playing tag, kickball or red rover? You needed to choose sides. And typically you'd do that by designating two captains to pick their respective teammates.
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You may have noticed that I haven’t been doing much of the writing here lately. Indeed the original idea of this blog was that I would be the editor, not necessarily the primary writer. So I’m thrilled that we are getting to the point where we have a wider variety of “guest” bloggers.
Among the advice we’re getting from the medical community these days about the “flu formerly known as Swine”, is to cough or sneeze into our sleeves.It strikes me as kind of disgusting, but I guess the point is made.This matter of sneezing reminded me of Seth Godin’s book, “Purple Cow” which I’m just finishing.
It’s been said you can live a month without food; a few days without water; a few minutes without oxygen; but only a brief moment without hope.And fear is the absence of hope, or at least the apprehension that hope may be lost in the near future.
As I’ve been reading through Will Mancini’s “Church Unique”, I’ve enjoyed the various ways he establishes the importance of clarity for good leadership.Clarity of vision is the fundamental starting point and in knowing what we are doing and where we’re going, we know a lot about the opposite; where we aren’t going and not doing.Mancini quotes from “The Power of a Positive No” by William Ury (co-author of Getting to Yes – a “must read” that I enjoyed 15+ years ago):
We had the privilege of hosting a gathering of church leaders at the Cornerstone Knowledge Network learning event in Naperville this week (pix in Photo Gallery).As we’ve mentioned here previously, in 2009 we are exploring the alignment of the four critical factors of Culture, Leadership, Ministry and Facilities.It was fascinating to hear the conversation.Some of the gleanings, salted with my thoughts/interpretation:[gallery ids="13291,13286,13287,13288,13289,13290,13292"]