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 […]

How to Teach The Entire Bible: A Long-Range Approach To Sermon Planning and Development

During my 20-plus years in full-time ministry, I’ve seen a wide variety of teaching methods employed on Sunday mornings. While I have never served as a full-time teaching pastor, my role typically involves a lot of planning and development of support materials and coordinated teaching curriculum. In this blog post, I want to provide you […]

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 […]

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

Luca Brasi

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Editor