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Found this here, originally from Popular Mechanics. Here’s how I measure up:

  1. Patch a radiator hose – yup
  2. Protect your computer – yup
  3. Rescue a boater who has capsized – nope, but I can swim real good!
  4. Frame a wall – yup, steel and wood
  5. Retouch digital photos – yup
  6. Back up a trailer – yup, cept those small ones that you can’t see
  7. Build a campfire – yup
  8. Fix a dead outlet – totally
  9. Navigate with a map and compass – GPS?
  10. Use a torque wrench – yup
  11. Sharpen a knife – yup
  12. Perform CPR – I think so
  13. Filet a fish – no way!
  14. Maneuver a car out of a skid – maybe
  15. Get a car unstuck – yup
  16. Back up data – yup
  17. Paint a room -yup
  18. Mix concrete – yup
  19. Clean a bolt-action rifle – not even close
  20. Change oil and filter – totally
  21. Hook up an HDTV – yup
  22. Bleed brakes – yup, it takes two
  23. Paddle a canoe – yup
  24. Fix a bike flat – yup
  25. Extend your wireless network – yup

21 out of 25 ain’t bad, what about you?

This from REV! Magazine (sept/oct 2007):

Hiring and Equipping a ‘Champion’

  • Establish a non-paid or paid role
  • Create a ministry description of the role
  • Find a person who’s passionate about connecting others into service
  • Look for equipping leadership characters
  • Resource: www.churchvolunteercentral.com

How to Champion Equips Others

  • Build a team around giftedness
  • Give people authority
  • Listen more, speak less
  • Consistently affirm people

Reading through my google reader I found this gem from the worship blog, originally from Tim Hughes’ blog:

Tim Hughes offers commentary on leading worship, discussing the following points:

  1. We need to have times of high praise in our worship.
  2. We need to embrace musical dynamics
  3. Don’t force things when leading worshiprong – and that’s fine; we’re all learning.
  4. Keep asking questions when you lead
  5. Lead by example
  6. When leading on just a guitar:

• Make sure your guitar is in tune
• Be really watchful that songs don’t drag – this can really kill a time of worship
• Check that songs aren’t too high – maybe take them down a key (e.g. Blessed be Your name – B to A, Consuming Fire – G to E)
• Make sure you’ve had time to soundcheck your guitar and voice properly

7. Keep pushing yourself musically

Make sure you read the entire article if this interests you. 

Or are we just doing something that kind of works? Are we really thinking outside the box to reach people with the life saving message of the Gospel? Or are we tied to traditions and culture that keep our church people happy?

These questions were launched this morning by a fellow blogger who wrote:

With both American church planters and missionaries, my observation has been that anything done out of tradition is not likely to reach the unchurched. Tradition is something established so that people can continue a meaningful experience. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But we have to remember that the unchurched don’t attach value to things that they didn’t actually experience themselves.

What do You think?

the secretOur Lead Pastor, John, handed me a book last week: “The Secret, What Great Leaders Know – And Do” by Ken Blanchard & Mark Miller. I blew it off for a couple days, but tonight I had some extra time so I picked it up and from the get go it’s been incredible. I am a sucker for books on leadership, especially short books on leadership.

Ken Blanchard is a superpower leadership writer with multiple top selling books (I am going to get some next), and Mark Miller is the vice president of training and development for Chick-fil-A (I love me some Chick-fil-A!). And if you had to pick one person to write your forward on a leadership book, who would you pick? Well Mr. Leadership himself, John Maxwell – and that’s exactly who wrote it.

Anyway, as of right now I am a couple chapters into the book and here are some of my favorite quotes:

…it seems that most people are busy thinking about what they want to say next, they can’t really hear what you are saying. (interesting because this was my devotion the other day from Matthew 5).

Many believe they can become effective leaders if they only had the skills. Others believe they can become great leaders if they could just develop their character. Both are wrong – it takes skill and character.

…if we have to choose between skills and character… we will select men and women of character and develop their skills.

Am I a serving leader or a self-serving leader?

Great leaders don’t become great in a moment… They become great leaders one day at a time throughout their lifetime.

You’ll never completely arrive. (amen)

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