Making Decisions that Won’t Make Your Kids Crazy

How does your family make decisions? I'm talking about things like: what kids should wear to school, eat for breakfast,  haircut to get, sport to play, what the family will eat for dinner,  do on the weekend, and do with their free time? Families make a lot of decisions. One study on leadership determined there are 4 main decision making styles. When managing people or leading a team, it's important to determine the appropriate decision-making style that will bring about the most success for the team and development of the individuals on the team. But, these 4 leadership styles don't have to stay ...

How Parents Lead (Part 2)

As a parent, how would you describe your leadership style? I believe parents often downplay their role as a leader in their children's lives. But, if leadership is influencing others in a particular direction, in order to achieve a particular goal, then there are few things more leader-worthy than parenting. If you are a parent, then you are a leader. But, everyone leads different. If you haven't, make sure to check out part 1 of this post. Also, if you're trying to come up with a vision for your children's future larger than staying out of jail, and not getting pregnant before marriage, check out this post about creating ...

How to Discover Your Story

When I was in grad school one of my classes had us do this exercise. I found it so helpful and insightful that I thought I'd share. First take a piece and draw a large rectangle, covering most of the page. On the left side write, "born", and on the right side write, "now". Then by the top of the left vertical line write, "good", and on the bottom write, "bad." Now, plot your life up to this point. You can start by making dots representing the major high points and low points of your life. This can include things ...

By |May 12, 2015|Categories: blog, church, discipleship, Leadership, Life, personality, Spiritual Growth|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Dear Younger David #1

My First Entry I've been journaling almost everyday ever since I was in tenth grade. What you’re about to read is part of my first official journal entry from 10th grade!  I recently starting reading back through my journals and found there are many things I wish I could have told myself back then. So, I’m going to share a few of my entries along with my present day response to them.  Background A little bit about me. My father died when I was in third grade from Leukemia. After 8th grade my mom decided to move us to VA. to ...

By |May 7, 2015|Categories: blog, discipleship, humor, Life, personality, Spiritual Growth|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

When Your Counselor Calls You Intense

The Session I've seen a counselor on and off for years and every once in a while something really hits home. My last session was one of those times. My counselor asked, “Have you ever thought about how you come across as intense?” I nervously laughed for a minute, but inside my head it was like the world stopped and my life flashed before my eyes. I was thinking, “OH NO! My counselor thinks I’m intense!” What does it mean when the dude people pay to listen to their intense thoughts for a living, thinks you're intense?! And what does it ...

How Leading a Team is a Lot Like Cross-Country

I was never very good at cross-country in high school. Any time my picture was taken during a race, I looked like I was passing a kidney stone or had been kicked in the face repeatedly. I may never have won a race, but did learn a thing or two about running one. In any race, you have to pace yourself. You can’t sprint the entire time and must know when to push a little harder and when to rest. It’s the same with leading a great group or team. There’s a time to plant and push and a time to ...

Video: “The Office” Small Group

Every group has a few "personalities". This group has a few more than normal. If you've seen "The Office", you'll better appreciate where this parody is coming from.   http://youtu.be/ga2lLewifl4 Here's a few videos from the original "The Office". http://youtu.be/4wUZDtLivyg http://youtu.be/YrblkMd-KMs Also check out these posted videos about groups: Shallow Small Group What if Darth Vader Joined Your Small Group Would You Let These Guys Lead a Group?

By |June 13, 2014|Categories: blog, humor, personality, Small Group, video|Tags: , |0 Comments

Emotional Bank Accounts Changed My Life: Part 2 (Ministry)

Seriously, when you start thinking about the emotional bank account concept - it changes everything! I’d like to connect the dots and share how understanding this concept can influence a few specific areas of your life- I'll start with ministry. How the Emotional Bank Account Affects Ministry: I would say that almost 80% of my job is asking people to do things. It’s true a lot of the time people are asking me for help to find a way to serve, or signing up for a specific way they’d like to serve. But, if I don’t keep in mind my emotional ...

Top 10 Teams on T.V.

For any group to reach its potential, a leader has to understand his strengths and weaknesses. He also has to value the strengths and weaknesses of those on his team. For example, I was just playing t-ball with my sons and we lost a ball in the neighbors yard. I could figure out how a person could retrieve the ball, and my 4 year old was just the right size to sneak under a bush and through a fence to actually get it. Yay 4 year olds! When we each used our strengths, t-ball could continue. In light of recent ...

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