Tuesday Afternoon Check-In: April 28, 2009

The check-in had to wait until Tuesday this week, I’ve been a little ill and trying to crank out a report that ended up being 43 pages long…

weekend in review: Had a fantastic weekend. The bummer was Heather being ill, but the kids and I managed with the help of our friend the microwave. Saturday morning I ran in a 5K race. Sunday was a great day too. Pretty basic, low key weekend.

What did happen that was exciting was my graduation from PESM! Sunday night I received my M.Min. degree, along with all its privileges and responsibilities. My awesome friends who could make it came up too and we had a super fun meal at some restaurant too. Easily a highlight memory for me.

on my list this week: This week I have generated a 43 page report and am going to be presenting in on Thursday to a board in Portland. Also, I’m preaching Sunday, which means an extra 20 hours of study this week. Good stuff.

current books: Working through ReJesus by Hirsch, it just hasn’t lit it up for me yet. Not sure what I need to do with it yet, it kinda feels like he’s saying things I already think so there’s not as much challenge there as I had hoped for…I should just get back to Twilight books. Also reading Brother Lawrence in the car. It is STUNNINGLY good.

current writing: Cranked out that report, now I am writing a sermon.

culture that’s caught me: There are 6 cases of swine flu in Canada. They are calling that a pandemic. Thank Jesus for the news because we simply wouldn’t know what to do without them.
Changing subjects – looking forward to watching the show I DVR’d – the French finance minister was on Charlie Rose last night. France gave stimulus money to banks just like America did, but they did a much better job than America did for two reasons. First, they admitted they were being socialist, where America pretends not to be. Seondly, when they gave stimulus money to the banks they bought shares and were able to fire the executives that ran the industry into the ground, unlike America, who didn’t structure their bail-outs in a way to give them any future influence.

how i’m feeling about this week: I am going to be presenting the Grove to the Board of Church Extension. That’s a riot. The real highlight of my week though is the release of Wolverine this weekend. I have got to be there. Oh, yeah, and I’m preaching Sunday!

quote for the week: “you play mafia wars!?!” ~like everyone…

running report: I ran in a 5K and did it in 25′59″44. That is under 26 minutes!! There was no mile marker until the second mile though, so i ran my first two miles at an 8 minute pace and then slowed down to run the last 1.1 mile in 10 minutes. Great race though, I came 58th overall! All together I ran 8.7 miles, my biggest week so far!

The antiChelsea

Chelsea is my friend who hates math more than anyone. So this video of Arthur Benjamin, the mathemagician, at TED is special just for her.

Also, I must give props to WordPress and TED for getting together and allowing us wordpress users to embed TED talks. Now, I’ll go back and delete my post where I whined about it.

Web Based Social Values

One of the things leaders are currently having to navigate is the social value differences between the boomer generation and millennials. The very best leaders are those who are able to lead generation X since they must speak to both value systems.

Gary Hamel at the Wall Street Journal blogs this list of new social values found in the rising generations (read the whole article here):

1. All ideas compete on an equal footing.

2. Contribution counts for more than credentials.

3. Hierarchies are natural, not prescribed.

4. Leaders serve rather than preside.

5. Tasks are chosen, not assigned.

6. Groups are self-defining and -organizing.

7. Resources get attracted, not allocated.

8. Power comes from sharing information, not hoarding it.

9. Opinions compound and decisions are peer-reviewed.

10. Users can veto most policy decisions.

11. Intrinsic rewards matter most.

12. Hackers are heroes.

So, if you are a leader, and in particular, if you are planting a church, how do these tweleve criteria affect the way you lead?

Grove, Missional Pathways

Grove Communication Update

We are putting all of the Grove Team Assemble video clips up, I may not post them all here, because there are a lot of them, but here’s the first one:

MMC – April 20, 2009

weekend in review: Fun week. I kinda hit a wall on Wednesday, but then refocused my priorities and did really well for the latter half of the week. I did, however, pull a muscle in my diaphragm. That sucked. Luckily, it only hurt when i breathed! That put a dent in my running and driving up and down I-5, flared up my shin splints too. Kinda a sucky week health wise.
However, on Friday I did do my ordination doctrine oral exam and rocked it. By God’s grace I was really comfortable and just allowed myself to be myself. I struggled to be clear with my doctrine of the Holy Spirit, which troubled me, so I was glad when the board recommended a book for me to read to help me in that area. That’ll get ordered today.
Finally, on Sunday I had a round of great meetings, I think we had an A-HA moment with the missions trip team after a team builder activity and then the Grove Team Assemble in the evening was fantastic. The Grove is truly (and this is real, not pastor mumbo-jumbo), truly a church that is being planted by people. We are able to avoid the ‘rock-star’ style of planting because there are great people participating in the launch teams!

on my list this week: More admin for the missions trip and for the Grove launch this fall.  I also have my second 5-K on Saturday where I am aiming to be under 30 minutes, and then my graduation from PESM this Sunday.

current books: I don’t think I read much this week at all.  Just going through Brother Lawrence’s Presence, and working through reJesus by Frost and Hirsch.  I’m putting off Obama’s book till after that.

current writing: Reports.  It’s McHorrible.

culture that’s caught me: We saw Monsters vs. Aliens in 3-D on Saturday night.  It was fun, I’d never been to a 3-d movie before.  It made me wonder why all movies aren’t in 3-D?

how i’m feeling about this week: I am super excited for my race on Saturday.  There is rain in the forecast, but that’s fine, I’m Oregonian.

quote for the week: “If you give like a man this will be a steak and lobster church!” ~the Grove’s visiting televangelist

running report: becasue of the pulled diaphragm limiting my breathing skills I only got to run once.  I hated that.  So, gonna get more miles cranked out this week!  I am already past my 2008 total mileage though!!

Meyers, New Moon

I read the second of the Twilight books right after the first. So, I may as well admit that I am going to read all four of them. I liked this one too. Of course it was a little mushy at parts so I did skim a bit so I could get back to the vampires and werewolves battling it out.

It was such a refreshing read because it was so casual and non-committal. I am getting my love for reading back!

pages read= 563 ~ year to date= 3531 ~ 2009 goal=9,000 ~ (39%)