Thursday, September 27, 2012


In the coming weeks NativityMissions will be experimenting with creating a podcast. The goal of the podcast, right in line with the goal of this blog, is to give you an opportunity to share your thoughts on the work of NativityMissions. As this tribe grows, we want to hear what your experiences have taught you about Missions, what leadership skills are important to Missions, and what you think will help us to be more effective at restoring the Kingdom of God in our generation.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

you vs. we

Ownership is something that definitely applies to us as leaders as well as to the people we're leading. One indicator I've heard before to gauge the level of ownership is in listening to whether others use "you" or" we" -- that is, your team is committed when they take first person ownership of their responsibility as opposed to dishing it off and using the second person. I hope this doesn't come across too negatively, but I do sense my face turning red sometimes when I hear people talk about Nativity or Missions as "that great stuff you guys are doing." I cringe when church members, ministers, and missionaries use the second person when referring to the work that we're all called to embrace.

Monday, September 10, 2012

say that again...

I just learned that, the host of Nativity's website, had been hacked and that as a result, our site, e-mail, and millions of other GoDaddy users are temporarily down. This is a big problem for all of their customers, and to my amazement @GoDaddy is regularly tweeting updates on their progress. They are reporting to all their followers up-to-the-second information as they work to remedy the problem. What a timely illustration for a discussion about communication in leadership...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

the most important blog post of the year

Dear Reader,

This year, NativityMissions is bringing some new direction and focus to our various methods of communication. There are some great ways for you to get connected to the world of NativityMissions through social media. So here's what you can expect from us in the coming year...

This Blog ( will have a new focus: leadership. Each week I will lay out something that's on my mind about leadership, a topic I'm reading about or struggling with, or maybe a concept we have or haven't learned in our efforts to mobilize the Nativity community to serve. (We're also going to experiment with doing a podcast.) The rest of the week will be a discussion -- that's where you come in. Post your comments on the blog, and be sure to see what others are saying as well.

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