THE COMPARISON TRAP

I hate treadmills, but when I get on one, it turns into a race. I know the person next to me isn’t going anywhere just like I’m not, but I feel like I have to get there faster (wherever “there” is). The problem is, I sabotage my workout when I’m constantly glancing...

CRITICISM AND WHAT TO DO WITH IT

Critics are to leaders what mosquitoes are to summer. They seem to appear in droves and can make life miserable. Although no one likes criticism, it’s part of leadership. The only fool-proof way I’m aware of to avoid all criticism is to not do anything meaningful with...

YOU CAN’T PLEASE EVERYONE

Among the many important things we’ve learned along the way, here’s one you already know but may need to be reminded of: You can’t please everyone; and if you try, you’ll lose. This is a vital truth to remember but an easy one to forget, especially when everyone seems...

BI- (OR TRI-) VOCATIONAL PASTORING

When we first rolled into town, I was unemployed (or as we liked to call it, “FUNemployed”). As we and our friends moved into our houses, got the lay of the land, and visited churches each weekend, the guys and I drove around town applying for different jobs: Sam’s...

RENT A SPACE & SPREAD THE WORD

My dad’s favorite movie when I was growing up was Field of Dreams. In that old movie, Kevin Costner gets a vision to build a baseball field as a voice tells him, “If you build it, they will come.” He builds a regulation-size baseball field, and sure enough, baseball...

LAUNCH PLAN

In 2009, we sold our house and car in May, moved to Clarksville in June, started weekly park outreaches in July, launched a home Bible study in August, and opened the church doors in September. Here is the original Awaken Church “launch plan” (if you can call it that)...