Let's Work Together

Everyone has a story. And every story matters. In fact, I've been seeking to understand my own story more clearly. 

For 35 years I’ve invested in people. I’ve led teams in local churches, non-profits and retail environments. I’ve honed my skills in executive leadership, customer / guest services, coaching and life planning. Today, I’m still serving as a pastor with Granger Community Church, but I’ve gotten clarity about how my passion for people gets played out in my next chapter. 

With the blessing and support of my lead pastor, Mark Beeson, I’ve launched a new effort to leverage my love and care for people - people like

Stop Your Target Practice

I love it when people begin to discover that they are loved by God. I especially love it when they move from understanding how much they matter to God, to seeing that other people really matter too. They matter as treasures God created. They matter to that person who's just discovered God's grace. It's beautiful.

It's disappointing though, when followers of Christ begin to see their friends as walking targets, a bull's eye target to faith-wrestle to their knees, so they can be "saved." People can tell when the friendship is motivated by pure love that is curious, genuinely interested and invested. And, people can tell when the "friendship" is about completing a soul-saving objective. When that happens...

Global Leadership Summit | Gary Haugen

Gary A. Haugen is an American attorney who is the Founder, CEO, and former President of International Justice Mission, a global organization that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. International Justice Mission partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems. Haugen founded the organization in 1999.

Gary pointed to the scene of Jesus with his friends at the now-known last supper. Everything he'd taught, everything they'd experienced as the Kingdom - all of it could be undone because of..

Global Leadership Summit | Immaculée Ilibagiza

Immaculée Ilibagiza is a Rwandan American author and motivational speaker. She is also a Roman Catholic and Tutsi. Her first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, is an autobiographical work detailing how she survived during the Rwandan Genocide. She was featured on one of Wayne Dyer's PBS programs, and also on a December 3, 2006 segment of 60 Minutes.

Immaculée shared her harrowing story of escaping genocide, while losing her family... and I marveled at her journey of resilience. I considered my own fear and anger...

Global Leadership Summit | Sam Adeyemi

Sam Adeyemi is a dynamic Teacher, Coach and host of the motivational program – SUCCESS POWER – which airs on radio and television stations around Africa and in Europe. He is passionate about teaching Success, Leadership and Financial principles through seminars and the media. He is in high demand as a speaker internationally. His teachings have motivated, encouraged and spurred on loads of people to start or advance their careers and businesses.

He has authored several books including the best selling – Parable of Dollars. Others include “Ideas Rule the World”, “Start with what you have”, “Sex Straight Talk” and “Second Revolution”.
He also pastors the Daystar Christian Centre in Nigeria with a vision to raise role models in the society. And he is President of the Daystar Leadership Academy through which he helps professionals and entrepreneurs to cultivate excellent leadership skills.

Drawing on the disillusioned start of his church 22 years ago, Pastor Sam reminded us that...

Global Leadership Summit | Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham is a British author, motivational speaker and business consultant. Basing most of his writing on extensive survey data from interviews with workers in countries around the world, he promotes the idea that people will get the best results by making the most of their strengths rather than by putting too much emphasis on weaknesses or perceived deficiencies.

WE learn nothing about excellence from failures. Only by studying excellence...

Global Leadership Summit | Juliet Funt

Juliet Funt, CEO of Whitespace at Work, is an advisor to Fortune 500 companies, a tough yet loving guide to thousands of WhiteSpace friends, and a warrior in the battle against reactive busyness.

We are getting less and less comfortable with the PAUSE in our lives. It has become a memory for many of us. The PAUSE is slowing down enough to experience new ideas, fresh thoughts and break-through...

Global Leadership Summit | Laszlo Bock

Laszlo Bock is an American businessman who was formerly the Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google, Inc. Prior to joining Google, Bock served in executive roles at General Electric, as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, and in various roles at startups, nonprofits, and in acting.

Bock observed that at the 14-15 different jobs he held, what was consistent was that each organization had a gap between stated values and actual, functional...

Global Leadership Summit | Andy Stanley

Communicator, author, and pastor, ANDY STANLEY founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of 50 churches around the globe, collectively serving nearly 90,000 people weekly. A survey of U.S. pastors in Outreach Magazine identified Andy Stanley as one of the top 10 most influential living pastors in America.

After 20 years at North Point and reflecting on phenomenal growth that has slowed down, Andy asked this question of his leaders:

If we had it to do all over again, what ...

Global Leadership Summit | Bryan Stevenson

BRYAN STEVENSON is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University School of Law. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.

I'm not a lawyer. I've never been an activist to fight injustice. I've lived a "safe" life. This talk was for me.

1. We must get proximate to the people we are trying...

Global Leadership Summit | Fredrik Härén

Fredrik Härén is an author and speaker on Business Creativity. He has delivered over 1,500 presentations, lectures and workshops in over 45 countries and has inspired hundreds of thousands of business people to become more creative and to look at the world in a new way.

Most people value creativity; many think they possess creativity; but few experience their organization calling out creativity in them.

What is an IDEA? One...

Global Leadership Summit | Marcus Lemonis

Marcus is a Lebanese-born American businessman, investor, television personality, philanthropist and politician. He is currently the chairman and CEO of Camping WorldGood Sam Enterprises and Gander Mountain and the star of The Profit, a CNBC reality show about saving small businesses.

Without a plea for pity, Marcus vulnerably shared his story of being adopted, struggling with an eating disorder, being molested by a cousin, and making two attempts to end his life. 

Marcus observed that those things that "happened" to him, don't bring embarrassment when he talks about his story. However, he suggested that he was a bit embarrassed to talk about his attempts to suicide, because it was cowardly.

I hate that Marcus still fills this way about those dark times...

Global Leadership Summit | Sheryl Sandberg

Bill's interview of Sheryl worked through a variety of topics.

On loss and resilience:

I've looked forward to this session, after listening to Krista Tippet interview Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant regarding their book: Option B. Her learnings through the untimely death of her husband shaped their book on resilience. 

Reflecting on her book, Option B, no one in the middle of grief believes it will get better. No one. In her book, she identifies 3 "p"s in the grieving process:...

Global Leadership Summit 2017 | Bill Hybels

Bill, founder of Willow Creek Community Church, Willow Creek Association and the annually hosted Leadership Summit, began his opening talk reminding us that "whenever a leader gets better, everyone wins."

Getting better requires commitment.

Early in his talk, Bill underscored the value of humility of the leader. The leader cannot grow, develop or improve without humility. When humility is embraced, we can...

How to Give a Care

We use this word, care, easily and often throughout the day.

  • “Do you care if I have a cookie?”
  • “I don’t give a care.”
  • “I care, just not enough to do anything about it.”
  • “I care for you.”
  • “Be careful!”
  • “He should be under a doctor’s care.”
  • "I don't care."

Care is defined as a noun: the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something; serious attention or consideration applied to doing something correctly or to avoid damage or risk. It’s also a verb: feel concern or interest; attach importance to something; look after and provide for the needs of.

Maybe it’s just as easy to miss actually caring for someone as it is to say, “I don’t care for...

How Do We Respond to the Joy of Human Life?

My last post centered around how we respond to the LOSS of human life. Honestly, sometimes we don't do so well. 

Today's focus is the flip side. The redemption side. This is pure JOY.

This past weekend one of our artists shared vulnerably and transparently a piece of her story. Just 5 years ago she was in a dark place of depression that led her to the edge of a bridge where she intended to end her life. 

But...

How Do We Respond to the Loss of Human Life?

No one can understand the place the human mind and soul go when overtaken by depression. Unless you've been there. Whether a season or a lifetime condition, mental illness is just that: it is an illness. And if that dark place of depression leads to such despair that taking one’s life seems like the only sensible thing to do - well, only those who’ve sat on that ledge can truly know that soulish agony.

I sat with a young man last week at a hospital where he was working his way back from attempting to take his own life...

10 Reasons You're Not Ready to Welcome New Guests

You don’t intend to not be ready. You really want everyone to feel welcome. You even have some greeters at the front door. People are shaking hands, and they appear to be friendly. 

However, every weekend people walk into churches across America and feel less than welcome. They don't know what to do or where to go. They feel like strangers.

Here are 10 reasons you and your church may not be ready to welcome new guests to your weekend service: 

  1. Your culture is developed for “family” and every weekend is a reunion. Unfortunately, guests can sense when they aren’t treated as family.
  2. You have a “friendly” church. Unfortunately,...

Honest in Church?

Church is too often the most risky place to be spiritually honest. - Peter Enns

It's a challenging statement. And yet, most of us know exactly what it means. Of course, we are complex beings, thoroughly connected: body, mind, spirit. So being spiritually honest can be as difficult to as revealing our mental illness, our emotional insecurities, our addictions.

How does this risk exist in too many churches? What contributes to our mask-wearing? Perhaps some of the following are true...

  • Do we expect only joy should be expressed in corporate worship?
  • Do we say "how are you?" with any intention of hearing what's true - regardless?
  • Do we believe that Christ-followers should never feel depression, anxiety or suicidal ideation?
  • Do we value closure and convincing over journey and process?
  • Are we afraid our question of faith...