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My Approach to Small Group Curriculum

Like most things in life, my approach to developing curriculum for our small groups is a work in progress. At its core, I follow a traditional instructional design model commonly known by it’s acronym—ADDIE. This describes a basic five step approach to design: Analysis Design Development Implementation Evaluate Our church’s ministries are structured around a school calendar year, so the calendar …

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Church Communications In the Information Age: How To Be Effective

This past weekend, our leadership team held a strategic planning retreat in Southern Iowa. Activities like this always generate a lot of good ideas and help show an organization where some of the weak links exist. One area that receive a lot of focus was communications. To summarize the issue, the consensus is there is a general lack of communication …

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If You Really Need Luca Brasi, Don’t Hire Me

In the classic film, The Godfather, we first meet Luca Brasi as he sits outside the Don’s home rehearsing a speech: “Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the wedding day of your daughter. And may their first child be a masculine child.” Luca Brasi was the Godfather’s enforcer, protector, and …

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Learn To Build On Your Strengths

When I first graduated from college in the 1980s, my primary focus was finding a job. My approach was a shotgun approach. I applied for every job I could find that looked like it might provide a livable income. Qualifications were secondary. One of the hallmarks of a young employee is summarized in a simple statement: you don’t know what …

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Day 3: Kill The Editor

In yesterday’s post, I highlighted the technique of freewriting that I use to unleash my inner genius. It works well in times when the words get stuck, and I need to push through a lot of words the clean out the pipeline. One of the advantages of freewriting is that it bypasses the editor. We all have one. I’ve even …

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Day 2: Unleashing Your Inner Genius

Part of the inspiration for this 30 day challenge comes from the book Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content by Mark Levy. This is a book I’ve returned to many times as I work to flesh out new ideas or simply attempt to break out of a rut. Discover the Power of Freewriting At the core …

My 30 Day Blogging Flush

I write a lot every week. It’s been a while since I tracked my words written per day, but I would estimate I write 3,000 to 5,000 words a week. Still, I struggle to be consistent at blogging. I read a lot of blogs, and I am always amazed at how quickly some folks churn out posts. I’ve read their …