Is this what happens when we just don’t care?

This is a video from… I don’t know… it has to be the mid-to-late seventies (judging from the betamax).

But the portrait it paints is this:

1.  Sin is somehow either new, or more rampant or more decadent than ever.

2.  It’s all because we just don’t care.

Take a watch:

Your thoughts on this video?  Is it merely a cultural timestamp on what many Christians were thinking at the time?  Is that worldview still valid?

And what type of mindset or video being produced in 2013 will look this ‘out of it’ in 2050?

I’d love your input.

HT:  Christian Nightmares

Todd

In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View; 78% believe God played a part

Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years. The prevalence of this creationist view of the origin of humans is essentially unchanged from 30 years ago, when Gallup first asked the question. About a third of Americans believe that humans evolved, but with God’s guidance; 15% say humans evolved, but that God had no part in the process.

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Thoughts?

It’s interesting to me that a full 78% believe that God still played some type of role in creation.

What’s your takeaway?

More details on the poll here…

Todd

Would Jesus endorse your church?

It appears that Jesus has broken his political silence, and has finally officially endorsed a candidate… a mayoral candidate, Anna Pierre, from North Miami, FL.  Don’t believe me?  Check out her newspaper ad:

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OK… this got me wondering.

If Jesus was in the endorsement business, would he, could he endorse your church?

If Jesus was to give a revelation-style paragraph on your church, what would he say.

Be honest.

And after you pick yourself up off the floor, you have two choices:  go back to bed, or get to work.

(You probably should get back to work).

Oh… and vote for Anna.  It’s who Jesus would vote for (if he lived in North Miami… and was registered to vote).

HT:  Christian Nightmares

Todd

Great. Another TV reality show about pastors.

Note to everyone reading this.  If TLC or any other network offers you money to be on a reality show about pastors, please decline their money and tell them to have a nice day.

Here’s the press release about a new show where the pastors involved did not have that wisdom.

For the life of me, I can’t think of anything good that could come out of this…

Set to premiere in the fall of 2013, the “docu-series” stars Bishop Noel JonesDeitrick Haddon,Bishop Clarence McClendonPastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson and Pastor Jay Haizlip as they navigate roads of riches, redemption and ridiculousness.

“This show documents a journey of transparency from one man to the next as they endeavor to lead others to their own truth and self-discovery,” said executive producer Holly Carter who holds a doctorate of divinity with an emphasis on marketplace ministry and is the daughter of a pastor and an industry veteran in faith and inspirational development and programming. “It’s a dose of reality and a pound of redemption coming from a creative team reared in the church.”

Read about the anointed reality stars below:

Bishop Noel Jones (@BishopNoelJones)

A Jamaican born into poverty, Bishop Noel Jones has made his way to the other extreme, now living on a hilltop with a view of the Pacific Ocean, Malibu at his feet, and across the street from the former home of the late L.A. Lakers owner, Jerry Buss. The pastor of a church full of celebrities, and the brother of Grace Jones, Bishop Jones is headed towards retirement and looking for a successor who he can entrust his life’s work. But finding the right man is harder than it sounds.

Deitrick Haddon (@DeitrickHaddon)

The son of a bishop and an evangelist, Deitrick was preaching at the age of eleven and conducting the church choir at thirteen. At twenty-three he married the woman he was expected to marry – the lead soprano of the church choir. However, everything didn’t continue as perfectly as the church had hoped. Deitrick and his wife got a divorce and the members of the church shunned him. Aside from the call on his life, the one thing that helped him from hitting rock bottom was his music. A dynamic personality, singer, songwriter, and preacher, Deitrick finds himself at an impasse in life. Which road will he choose?

Bishop Clarence McClendon (@BishopMcClendon)

Bishop Clarence McClendon appears throughout the world on his weekly international broadcast, which is available in 250 million homes worldwide. This charismatic and ubiquitous bishop has been noted for his contemporary and relevant approach to the Gospel. He believes the Gospel is not only for the down and out but for the up and out. His ministry spans from skid row to the estates of Bel Air. When challenged about what many have called his prosperity Gospel, Bishop replies, “there is no other kind of Gospel.”

Pastor Wayne Chaney

At the age of twenty he got the call from God and has grown to become a prominent pastor of the church his grandfather built. Fast-forward 10 years later, Antioch is the leading church in its community. With an ability to communicate complex truths in a simple way, Pastor Chaney has helped remarkably grow the church, along with the help of his secret weapon, his wife, gospel artist Myeshia Chaney. While Antioch is poised to become the next mega-church with the ability to reach millions worldwide, there’s an obstacle in the way and it comes from within Pastor Wayne’s own family.

Bishop Ron Gibson

Born in Compton, addicted to drugs before he was a teenager, a leader of the Crips by the time he was sixteen, a robber and a pimp, Bishop Ron Gibson was the least likely person to end up a preacher. He now changes the lives of 4,500 people each week at the Life Church of God in Christ, which he started with only nine people in the congregation. Through it all he’s accumulated great wealth, power and purpose. However, there’s one thing he and his wife would give it all away for – a child.

Pastor Jay Haizlip (@jayhaizlip)

One of the pioneering greats of competitive skateboarding, Pastor Jay Haizlip, originally from Gadsden, Alabama, collected big trophies, bigger paychecks and high-end sponsors, but fell deep into drugs, and into the crack houses of Huntington Beach and Long Beach, California. Back in the crack houses again, this time he’s not there for drugs – he’s helping rescue souls for the Kingdom. Serving as Senior Pastor of The Sanctuary of Huntington Beach, Pastor Jay Haizlip reaches out to troubled youth, finding them in prisons, skate parks and the same crack houses he once shot dope in.

“‘Pastors of L.A.’ documents these larger than life characters who are rock stars in their communities, with a fresh, unique perspective that will resonate with our young audience,” said Rod Aissa, Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. “By teaming up with Lemuel and Holly who are some of the best creative minds in the business and heavily respected within this community, we can deliver this authentic series with integrity, while also staying right on brand with Oxygen.”

“We are delighted to work with Oxygen to develop this groundbreaking series on the extraordinary lives of some of the most prominent pastors in America,” said Lemuel Plummer. “I come to this project with a respect and understanding of their world, having grown up as the son of a pastor and religious broadcasters. We intend to portray the human side of these pastors and the real world in which they live and work.”

QUESTION:  Would you EVER agree to be on a show like this?  EVER? Why or why not?

Todd

How many hours should church staff members work each week?

Larry Osborne answers the question:

I’M SURPRISED HOW OFTEN BOTH BUSINESS LEADERS AND PASTORS ASK ME ABOUT THE NUMBER OF HOURS THEY SHOULD EXPECT OUT OF A SALARIED STAFF MEMBER.

The answer is a coin with two sides.On one side is what kind of work ethic can a leader realistically expect from the troops? On the other side is what kind of work ethic can Jesus rightfully expect from a Christian?

Today I want to look at it from the leader’s point of view. In my next post we’ll look at it from the staff member’s point of view.

TO BUSINESS AND MINISTRY LEADERS WHO ASK THE “HOW MANY HOURS” QUESTION, I ALWAYS POINT OUT THAT THEY’RE ASKING THE WRONG QUESTION.

The right question is: What did I hire this person to do and how well are they doing it? Here are some important things to keep in mind. If someone can get their job done with excellence in fewer hours than most people – more power to them. If someone else needs more time – keep the lights on. Now obviously I’m assuming that issues like character, integrity, and teamwork line up well. But all things being equal, it really shouldn’t matter how long it takes someone to do the job I’ve hired them to do. It should only matter how well they do it.

I’ve also noticed that, “How many hours should I expect?” is often code for “how many hours should they be in the office?”  When that’s the question behind the question, it’s usually asked by a leader who has a personality or work style that prefers the office. These types of leaders tend to forget the many nights out and off-site meetings that some of their staff members have. And since these meetings and events take place out of sight, they fail to add them back into the work ethic equation.

Not long ago I was talking to a pastor who was complaining about the work ethic of his youth pastor. Seems he never showed up at the office before 10am and was often out for long lunches, sometimes never to return. I asked the lead pastor if the youth group was healthy and growing. He told me it had doubled in size and that lots of great things were happening with the kids. I asked if the parents were happy, He told me, “Yeah, they love him. But I can’t ever keep him in the office.” I told him to fire the kid and give me his phone number so we could hire him.

Read more from Larry here…

What do you think of Larry’s response?  Is he right?  Are you asking the right questions?

What’s the average work week you ask/require of your staff?

Todd

Extrovertish leaders: Maybe you need to close your mouth. People may like you more if you do.

Today’s advice from Donald Miller:

If you’re an extrovert, getting people to like you is simple:

Stop talking so much.

No seriously. Stop it.

I know a lot of people who, out of nervousness or excitement think the best way to engage people is to talk them into utter submission. As if their endless words, jokes and anecdotes infused with Red Bull and hooked up to a V8 engine will fast-track them into the Connection Economy.

What so many don’t realize is that the secret to building relationships isn’t in the words you say, but in the questions you ask.

If you’re an introvert, the same truth applies. Don’t change who you are, just be more strategic in how you foster dialogue.

OK… anyone that knows me knows that I am more on the introvertish side of things.  It’s hard for me to ‘foster dialogue’.  But I will try harder.  :)

Read more from Donald here…

Todd

32 reasons leaders fail…

Dan Rockwell offers this list of the top 12 reasons that leaders fail.  Take a look at the list.  How many fallen leaders do you know that failed because of something on this list?  Also… do some self-inspection  Are there things on this list that you need to watch out for personally?

  1. Neglecting culture. Culture building is job-one for all leaders.
  2. Lack of paranoia. The paranoid think about what could go wrong and make contingency plans.
  3. Bitterness, grudges, and resentment. People fail. Successful leaders allow fresh starts.
  4. Task rather than people focus.
  5. Accepting complexity.
  6. Lack of political awareness. Successful leaders build relationships with powerful players.
  7. Failure to sell successes and accomplishments with humility. If the right people don’t know your value, you aren’t valuable.
  8. Trusting the untested. Talent without a track record is dangerous.
  9. Fearing great talent.
  10. Postponing tough conversations.
  11. People pleasing.
  12. Refusing to adapt. Adaptability is the greatest ability.

Here are 20 more…

Todd

What’s Your LQ?

Mike Bonem writes:  When you hear “IQ,” you know what it refers to. And you’re probably familiar with EQ, which stands for emotional quotient or emotional intelligence. But what about LQ? It’s short for “laughter quotient.” It’s actually something that I made up, but I think it’s vitally important for you and your staff.

I recently led a retreat for a group of ministry leaders. All came into the retreat feeling tired and stressed. One evening, we intentionally avoided any kind of formal learning agenda and instead played a couple of different games. We laughed and laughed, and that’s when it hit me. Most leadership teams have low LQ’s. They don’t laugh together often enough.

Think about the staff that you lead or that you’re part of. When was the last time that you laughed together? I’m not asking when everyone chuckled at a joke in a staff meeting. I’m asking about the last time that the staff had so much fun together that they forgot the ministry burden that they were carrying. A time when the interaction was so rich and entertaining that everyone forgot about rank in the organization.

Some of you are very good and intentional about creating these moments. You can honestly say that your staff has a high LQ. Others can’t remember when you last enjoyed one of these moments.  Some of you may even wonder if it’s necessary. Trust me – it is. There’s great truth in the old expression that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Dull doesn’t just mean boring. It also means that a person has lost their edge and that the twinkle has left their eyes. You’re leading in an environment that depends on passionate, motivated people. When they lose that twinkle, it doesn’t just impact the individual staff member. It spills over to their peers, to the volunteers that work with them, and to the people that they serve.

When was the last time you had an LQ moment with your staff?

Have you ever?

Do you need to try to regain and increase your own LQ?

My experience is that if you can’t laugh with your staff… something has gone terribly wrong somewhere.

Read more from Mike here…

Todd

Church Leaders that are too scared to lead

Thom Rainer today provides a list of things that scare church leaders:

  1. Procrastination. Fearful leaders put off tasks for fear that they cannot do them well. They are experts at passive-aggressive behavior. They can receive an assignment to do a task, then “conveniently” forget to do it.
  2. Over analysis. Fearful leaders want to over-analyze every situation in an attempt to eliminate risk. They never stop analyzing because they never eliminate the risk. An organization built around fear will have an excess of analysts and policy wonks.
  3. A bias against actions outside the status quo. The status quo is the lone comfort place of a fearful leader. Get him or her beyond status quo, and the leader is often deemed ineffective. Though the fearful leader may avoid the overused, “We’ve never done it that way before,” he or she might say something similar like, “That’s really not the way we do it here.”
  4. Worry about critics. The fearful leader is a people pleaser. Critics can immobilize him or her. To use a sports metaphor, fearful leaders avoid decisions that might draw criticism because they play not to lose rather than playing to win.
  5. Reticent to show weaknesses or lack of knowledge. The fearful leader is an insecure person. He or she does not want to exhibit any weakness, even though he or she may have several. You will see the opposite trait exhibited in confident courageous leaders. They have no problems pointing out their own weaknesses and ignorance.
  6. Reticence to move people off the bus. No one should enjoy firing people. No one should enjoy telling a volunteer that he or she is no longer needed in a position. But for the sake of the organization, some people need to be moved off the bus. The fearful leader will let persons stay on the bus well beyond their effectiveness because they fear confrontation, and because they fear making a wrong decision.
  7. Failure to reinvent oneself. A fearful leader does not want their circumstances to change; that is why such leaders fiercely defend the status quo. Likewise, they don’t see any need for change in themselves. Courageous leaders are constantly reinventing themselves. Fearful leaders rarely improve their skill sets significantly.
  8. Obsession with details. Fearful leaders love to stay in the morass of insignificant details. Because the details are usually unimportant, it is difficult to make a mistake of consequence. Of course, it’s impossible to do anything of consequence when your focus is on those things that really don’t make a difference.

These 8 things will cause your effective leadership to come to a dead stop in many situations.

How many of these have you exhibited in the past (or now)?

How have you turned these around in your personal leadership?

Please do share below!

Read more from Thom Rainer on this subject here…

Todd

Words acceptable for Sunday sermons…

Tim Hawkins suggests over a hundred ‘Christian’ swear words.

How many do YOU say?

How many would be acceptable in your Sunday message?

Enjoy.

Todd

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