Saturday, November 25, 2006

Excuses, Excuses

I've been setting records in anti-posting, recently. I think two posts for the entire last month is definitely a high. Rather than try to summarize all that's been going on, let me share with you my excuses to give a window into the last few weeks.

We're Meetin' Big Time | Covenant Life Church has grown significantly in the last few years. This is something God has done, and it is both a blessing and a challenge. With the blessing of more people comes the challenge of imparting the heart of our church to so many newcomers. For the foreseeable future, we have added meetings for two large groups for teaching on doctrine and life, one for all singles -- aptly named The Big Meeting -- and one for all married couples -- The Family Room. More big meetings means more tech requirements and less blogging.

Mediocrity is Liquid | One things I've learned this fall is that even a small crack in leadership can allow mediocrity to seep into an organization. Over the spring and summer, I think I made too many decisions where I compromised slightly on important values or I failed to fully expend the mental energy and communication capital required to lead effectively. Lately, I've been trying to focus my mind energy and word capital on the people here at Covenant Life. This has meant less for blogdom.

Now I've got a suprise for you: That's all I have time to write now!

I do hope to be back regularly, though less frequently, so we'll see you next go-round.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

An Excellent Example of Faithful Service

I sent this message as an encouragement and challenge to my tech teams this morning. Enjoy!
Hello, production team friends.

I am passing on a message that I received yesterday from Bruce because he has provided us all with an example of faithful service worthy of emulation and honor. Bruce and his son Robert have handled CSB sound for at least two years. Here’s his note...

I wanted to make you aware that Abner and his son Bryan are transitioning into the CSB sound setup/takedown instead of Robert and I. Since this is Robert's last year on the program, I had been looking to transition this job over to another father and son who would be here next year before we left. After finding out that Abner has been involved on the sound team at CLC, I mentioned to him that the CSB sound is a great father/son activity to consider. He showed a great deal of interested in doing this with his son Bryan. Just recently, we have worked together for several weeks to show them how to do this job. After this trial, after giving him the opportunity, Abner agreed that instead of waiting until the end of the year, he would like to transition right away on this. I encouraged that, and told him that I would be available to help and substitute as necessary.

As far as you are concerned, this should be
transperent, but the web site should now show Abner and Bryan doing the CSB sound now. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, Dave.



Bruce, thanks for several things:
  1. Thanks for taking the initiative to find someone to take your responsibilities when you will not longer be serving.
  2. Thanks for thinking ahead to look for someone to fill your place many months in advance.
  3. Thanks for training them thoroughly and carefully transitioning them into that role.
  4. Thanks for humbly being willing to hand off responsibility early.
  5. And thanks for being available to help in the future if necessary.
You have raised the bar for production team servants.

I also want to publicly send you a big “Thanks” from my wife Cara and daughter Meg. Why? CSB is a Monday evening event. Because Monday is my day off to spend with my family, I am even more grateful for how “transparent” you have made CSB. I’ve never had to even think about it, and I continue to be blessed by your excellent leadership and care now that Abner and Bryan are at the helm. Please know that my family is grateful that I can be fully home on those Monday nights!

With much respect and thankfulness,


Sunday, November 05, 2006

Monthly Updates

Light speed is fast. Life speed can be faster, it seems. I can't believe it's been almost two weeks since I posted last. During these busy months, while I must blog less, I do want to share things that I find to be working. This is one of those things.

I'm always looking for better ways to communicate with my team members. Specifically, I've been trying to cut down on email traffic, with the hope that they will actually read what I do send. To that end, I've stolen an idea from Sovereign Grace Ministries and our church administrator, Corby Megorden: I'm sending out a monthly update email.

The monthly update is intended to give volunteers all they need to know to serve effectively in the next month. It also give me a forum to introduce new ideas to the whole group or to give instructions to specific groups of team members.

I have been pleasantly surprised by the response. I have had more discussions in the last four days about the content of this update than I have about almost any email that I send or idea that I introduce. While some people have questions, what encourages me most is that people are reading it and engaging with it.

You can dowload a copy of our montly update here, if you are interested in seeing the content. It's not beautiful (far from it), and it's not profound. But it seems to be working. Post a comment to let me know if you have any suggestions on how to improve it or make the most of it.