Mike Huckabee’s response to the Shooting

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Book Review: Leading Change Without Loosing It

Change is an inevitable part of life. I fact I have heard it said that change is the only constant in life. Despite the fact that people deal with change every single day, it is still a difficult process and something that many people struggle with. In fact many people do all they can to avoid change and when change comes they will resist it for all their worth. If you are leadership avoiding or resisting change is simply to an option. If you are a leader, change will happen and often times it will be your job to lead it.

Figuring out hoe to lead change without loosing your mind may seem like a dream. Learning how to deal with the people who avoid or resist change is a necessity. Determining the best way to work with the people who are already on board is vital. That’s where Carey Neiuwhof’s new book comes in, “Leading Change Without Loosing It.”

This book is the first in a series of three books written to help you navigate the tricky and treacherous waters of leading change within your organization. Carey is Lead Pastor at Connexus Community Church in Ontario Canada. During his time in ministry he has experienced the pain, frustration, and and the exhilaration that come with leading change. In this book Carey shares the knowledge he has gained through these experiences. Below are some highlights from this great book.

Here are the five strategies the Carey shares for leading change without loosing it.
Do the math: Calculate who is actually opposed.
Chose your focus: Decide whether you will focus on who you want to read or who you want to keep.
Find a filter: Develop the questions that will shape your future.
Attack problems, not people: Help people see you are for them even it you are not for their ideas.
Don’t quit: Persever until critical breakthrough.
Carey goes on to explain exactly what these strategies mean and how we can use them to help us Lead Change Without Loosing It.

Bottom line. If you are in leadership this book, and the two that will follow it, are must reads. I know that there are many leadership books out there and you may be asking if you really need to read another one. I also have a collection of leadership books and I personally believe that, if you are a leader, then you are never done learning about your craft and learning about leadership. So, yes you do need to read more about leadership and yes you should read this book.

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How Are You?

How Are You?

It is amazing how much we have decreased the value of this phrase. This phrase could be the key to really connecting with people and we have turned into a casual greeting with little to no meaning. This struck me last night when I arrived to work at my day job. As I walked in I said hello to a long time coworker. She responded with, “Hey, how are you?” In my distracted state I didn’t even respond. The crazy thing is she didn’t even seem to notice. The truth is she didn’t notice because she was really interested in or expecting a response.

I know you know what I am talking about. I know that you have all been on one side or the other of this same situation. This is something we all do. Someone says hello and we ask them how they are doing, even though we are probably not really interested. Well, I say STOP IT! By all means ask people how they are doing, but when you do be sure you mean it.

If you are reading this and you are in ministry, then I would hope that you really do care how people are doing. If you are reading this and you are a Christian, then you should care about how people are doing. After all, Jesus said that people would know that we were his followers by our love for each other.

So, now I ask you… How are you doing?

Matt Norman

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They Pushed Our Float for 2 Miles

Tonight was the first ever entry for our children’s ministry in the local Christmas parade. I was super excited. A few weeks ago we put together a plan. The past two Saturdays a group of us have gotten together to build props and such for the float. Another group of us spent all day today putting the float together. It was gonna be awesome.

Then is started….

We get to the parade site and plug in our lights….nothing. Turns out the AC/DC converter we planned to use just wasn’t up to the task.

Ok, starting to stress a little.

So, we start making phone calls trying to locate a generator. After a short time we locate someone in our church that has one and they don’t live that far from the parade area. I wait and I pace. Then I look at my watch and I pace some more. Finally the generator arrives. We are saved. It has a full tank of gas an it ready to go. We pull on the starter cord…..nothing. We pull and pull and pull some more. We wait a little bit and we pull again. We flip every lever and turn every switch. I even read the instructions, but it just wouldn’t start. So, we plug in our giant star and the lights in our nativity and off we go.

Things are going great. This is going to be awesome.

That’s when it happened. The truck died. You see, this truck has two gas tanks and, apparently the gas gauge doesn’t work for one of them.

The truck ran out of gas.

Quickly I switch to the other tank. I got this. I turn the key to start the truck back up, but it won’t start. Again and again I turn the key, but it just won’t start until finally the battery dies.

The youth that are with us start pushing the float… truck, trailer, people and all. A short time later someone offers to help us pull it off the road. They clear a spot and I start to pilot the truck off the road and out of the parade. The youth start yelling that they want to go on, they want to finish the parade…with nearly 2 miles to go.

Those students, along with some adults who were with us, pushed that truck and trailer with 15 or more people on it. They pushed it all the way to the end of the parade, around 2 miles worth. They pushed it to the encouragement of the crowd. Some laughed and made “clever” comments, but many more cheered us on. Then as soon as we pulled into a parking lot at the end of the parade route my wife turned the key and the truck started right up.

I am not one to speak for God, but I believe that He wanted us to push that float. Not only that, but I believe that He is going to use this to reach people. I, for one, can’t wait to see what he has planned.

Matt Norman

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