Invention & Innovation…Where is the Action?


light bulb idea

In the world of Apple, (as I saw on Biography) and the mind of those who really change things, there’s an ability to connect the dots between two things… Invention and Innovation They are able to take an idea (Invention) and make it plausible (Innovation) for the masses. And the catalyst between those two points […]

Don’t Look but Listen to Find Great Staff



When looking for new staff members, I hear leaders say: “I have been looking, but I haven’t found the right person yet.” In all honesty, what should be said is, “I haven’t heard the right person yet.” I know that sounds strange, but that’s the way it was done all through Scripture. The example that […]

7 Church Growth Tips from Mayberry


Andy and Barney

When Andy Griffith died, my mind was flooded with the memories of watching him and Barney do their thing in Mayberry. And I thought of somethings Andy did that would help the church… 1. Never carry a gun I loved the way Andy could keep the peace, protect the innocent and catch the bad guys…without […]

7 Questions for the Imaginary Leadership App


iPhone App

A doctor friend was subscribing a medication for me once, and pulled out his iPhone and began to insert my age, gender, weight, current medications and it told him what to give and in what dosage! Dang…Nice! Then it suggested the correct medication, and warned of other medications or activities that should not be taken […]

4 Things You can Kill When Emotionally Un-Healthy



After getting hit in the head with a bat – it seems you would learn not walk in front of the person swinging one at you. Well, I guess I’m not that bright! After many years of trying to be the most Kingdom building, productive, caring, loving and reproducing leader, I have been forced to face […]

4 Things to Keep You From QUITing



Let’s be real, leadership ain’t easy. It can be tough, lonely, and bring us to many dark roads. The demands cause many to hang it up and quit altogether. They decide it’s not worth it anymore. When you get to that place, Go to this place. 4 things to keep you from quitting. Q – […]

16-Things I would tell my Son about Leading



If my son were starting a church this weekend… and he came to me and asked, “Dad, what are the most important things I need to know?” I would think, “Man, this is my BOY! He has got to get this right.” I would pray a minute, ask him to take out his Ipad, and […]

Don’t Let Them Die! Give Them This!



Vision isn’t just something good for leaders to have, it’s a must! Proverbs says it pretty clearly… Without vision people DIE. They won’t follow a leader that doesn’t have vision. People don’t follow a leader that doesn’t have a clear vision and doesn’t communicate it. People won’t join you on your journey if you don’t […]

The True Definition of Missional


Measuring Up

Missional – The church buzz word of the last five years. It’s what we’re supposed to be. It’s what we’re supposed to do, but understanding that, well… there seems to be some “Tension-al.” This is the way I see it. I’m a very simple guy, therefore things have  GOT TO BE simple. I never see […]

You Need Felons & Millennials on Your Staff…Now!


Barbed Wire ~

“Artie, where do find such great staff?” I was asked that question by a group of pastors several weeks ago. I told them we hire felons, Millennials (20 somethings) and the people no one else would hire. We firmly believe God uses the healed to bring healing. Our middle school director and her husband (both […]

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