Unscripted

Unscripted

As a toddler parent, I see tons of TikTok-style content that tells parents exactly how they should speak to their children; what phrases “you should never use” and what “one weird trick” will lead to an emotionally regulated child. I get the appeal. As my toddler...
Ceci n’est pas una pipe

Ceci n’est pas una pipe

This past weekend, some of my colleagues at Ministry Incubators and I had the pleasure of kicking off a series of on-site gatherings for the Compelling Preaching program in the Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church. As we got to a section of the...
Point of Origin

Point of Origin

A little more than a year ago, I told you all about the Compelling Preaching Initiative that was being funded by the Lilly Endowment. I told you all about how excited I was to be working with the Mountain Sky Conference on their application and how Bishop Oliveto (who...
Clarity is Kindess

Clarity is Kindess

We’ve talked on this blog before about the importance of being crystal clear on who you are as a community before embarking on the work of innovation. About how, when a community doesn’t have a clear sense of mission and values, change is difficult, because, without a...
What Your Coach Wants You to Know

What Your Coach Wants You to Know

A dear friend of mine in ministry (we’ll call him Brian) was recently assigned a coach by his supervisors. Their relationship is beginning with an on-site visit, and in the lead-up to the visit, his mounting unease about having an outsider in his space led to a lot of...
No Lone Rangers: Part 5

No Lone Rangers: Part 5

We have spent the last four weeks establishing the basics of an innovation team: why you need one, how to build one, how to equip one, how to use one, and finally, we’ll cover how to make it work for you long-term. One of our co-founders, Mark DeVries, wrote this book...