Well… take a look here, and you’ll see. The idea for a condom that can be opened with one hand wasn’t an innovation to make condoms more accessible to the masses, but rather to help people with people afflicted with Hemiplegia, a condition that leaves one side of the body paralyzed. You see… most people what have control of both sides of their body never thought about having a condom that would open with one hand (although it’s a much better design for the product for reasons we won’t go into). So… I begin to wonder… What things are we not innovating in the church because we’ve always done it this way, or because we’ve not looked at it through a fresh set of eyes different from our own? What bit of genius is out there that we’ve just not thought of yet? And what will it take for this innovation to happen? Thoughts? Todd… even with condoms.
KING 5 News reported in May. Mars Hill’s bid was accepted this summer; the church plans to spend about $1.5 million in improvements before starting services in the fall of 2013. The Tacoma church will be led by Bubba Jennings, who served as a pastor for almost a decade at the original Ballard church before moving to the South Sound region to get the Tacoma church plant going. On Thursday, September 27, the nascent church will hold a public Vision & Prayer Night to dedicate the church building. “God’s heart for Tacoma is displayed at the cross where, in mercy, Jesus sacrificed himself to redeem, heal, and bless Tacoma,” says Jennings. “As Christians, we testify that God saves sinners like us and his grace is amazing. Our heart is for all the people of Tacoma.” Local pastor Dean Curry of Life Center church gave a warm welcome to Mars Hill Tacoma. “[Bubba and I] are brothers in the faith and [I] will enthusiastically speak with and for their success,” wrote Curry, who leads the multi-site church that sees about 6,000 Sunday attenders. “We will invite every friend of Life Center to pray and consider joining Mars Hill’s launch.” On the north end of Puget Sound, Mars Hill Everett will move into a new home this fall: the Everett Armory, located at 2730 Oakes Ave, in the middle of the city’s historic district. The church, led by Pastor Scott Mitchell, launched in September 2011 and has met in rented space at Everett Community College’s fitness center for the past year. For 90 years, two Washington National Guard units were stationed at the Armory until last fall when the units moved, leaving the Armory up for sale. The 40,000-square foot Armory will be a boon to the young church, which hosts 500 attenders at two Sunday morning services and has outgrown its children’s space. Mars Hill Everett is also hosting a public Vision & Prayer Night, Thursday September 13. The populations of Tacoma and Everett are about 200,000 and 104,000, respectively, according to 2011 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The news comes on the heels of the August 10 announcement that Mars Hill Downtown Seattle will move into the Daniels Recital Hall in the heart of the city.Mars Hill Church is on track to open its 15th church in Tacoma next year. The church currently has a contract to purchase the building of the First Congregational Church at 918 Division Ave, adjacent to Wright Park, on the north end of the downtown area. The 104-year-old building had been up for sale and was in danger of demolition this spring,
- Senior pastor salaries in very large churches increased 2% per year for the last two years, and 0% per year for the two years before that.
- Church size – represented by budget and attendance – is the most influential factor in salary differences for congregations of all sizes, including very large churches.
- Geography and location (suburb, downtown, etc.) affect salary differences, but only mildly.
- Founding pastors tend to receive higher pay than successor pastors.
- Senior pastor pay in single site churches is higher than in multisite churches until attendance reaches about 6,000; then multisite churches begin to pay higher.
- The second-highest paid staff member typically receives 66% of the salary of the senior pastor in very large churches.
MinistryBestPractices.com:In a nutshell: Never assume that something you write in an email will stay confidential. Assume it will get out there, and write accordingly. As a pastor and church leader, you’re entrusted with lots and lots of information. Much of it is sensitive in nature. You have to be careful, particularly in written communication these days. What you write in private may at some point be made public. In fact, at some point, a sensitive email you write probably will be forwarded and used against you. To be honest, we’ve probably all had it happen. Either we send a sensitive email to someone and they (either knowingly or unknowingly) forward or reply to a person that your email wasn’t intended for. Or, like me, maybe once or twice in your life, you’ve sent a somewhat sensitive email to the wrong person. Ouch. Anyway… here are some thoughts that will hopefully eliminate some of these problems. These ideas are offered up by
- Should what I am communicating be better said in a conversation and/or face to face? (sometimes emails aren’t the right medium to communicate difficult issues)
- Have I thought through, prayed and re-read this email before I hit the send button? (never be quick to write and send a sensitive or difficult email)
- What emotional state am I in upon writing this email? Am I angry, tired or frustrated? (if so wait before writing – make sure your thoughts are clear and lucid)
- Would what I have to say in an email be the same thing that I would feel comfortable saying publicly?(in other words you wouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed if your email was made public)
I do this all the time, quite honestly. Sometimes it will take me twice as long to read my email before I send it. I read it over for tone. I read it over trying to put myself in the recipient’s shoes. And I try to read it in mind of other people or situations that it would impact if the email ever became public.
Please, please remember these suggestions before you hit ‘send’. It could save you a ton of embarrassment, outrage, and egg on your face.
Have you experienced having one of your email communications forwarded or sent to the wrong person? Have you ever received a sensitive email that should have been sent to someone else?
Care to share your story? (I’d love to hear it!)
There are tons of other meeting advice in the article here. The three points above will help anyone run a successful meeting though. If the people attending your meeting feel like things are actually being accomplished, then it will be worth their time, and they’ll attend the next meeting with anticipation, not drudgery. If not, you’re in for a long haul with disillusioned leaders that sooner or later will find something else to do rather than attend your boring, insignificant meeting. What can you do to make your next meeting a success? ToddThere is a great post over at 99u.com this morning on how to run your meetings like Apple or Google (and our Catalyst friends get a nice shout-out as well). Here are three things that will make your meetings go much better (along with some comments from yours truly): 1. Each meeting must have a stated purpose or agenda. Don’t schedule a meeting without one. In other words, don’t have a monthly meeting just to have a monthly meeting. Spell out the agenda beforehand. If you haven’t taken the time to do that, your meeting has the potential to be a real disaster. 2. Everyone at the meeting should walk away with some concrete next steps or action items. This is probably the number one thing I look for in a meeting… what happens as a result from the meeting? I’ve sat in way too many meetings that don’t accomplish anything. Either there are no action steps, or the action steps are fuzzy and not written down. Write them down! And hold people accountable. Otherwise your meetings will NOT accomplish what they were designed to. 3. The meeting should end on time. That means that you decide on an end time before you start. “Constraints breed creativity”. When everyone knows the agenda and what needs to be accomplished by the end of the meeting, it discourages ramblings and off-topic discussions.
- The busier you are, the more opportunity there is for a potential leader to follow you and watch what you do. Leadership is more caught than taught, so invite a potential leader to follow you around and observe your activities. You would be amazed at what they can learn not only sitting in meetings with you, but those little moments before or after meetings can be great opportunities to share leadership nuggets.
- The busier you are, the more you have to give away. Make a list of what you’re doing and ask yourself who you can give this to and how can it be used as a developmental opportunity. Not only will this help the potential leader but it will help you off load some of your busyness.
- Your busyness is an opportunity to show the potential leader how you establish priorities, produce results, work though people and manage my time. One day they will be a “busy leader” too so watching you may help them learn to establish priorities and be busy with the right things.