COFFEE CUPS …

I received this via email today and thought it worth “meandering.”


COFFEE CUPS …

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite.  He told the group to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:

“If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, Leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups….and then you began eyeing each other’s cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of the Life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us. God brews the coffee, not the cups…..Enjoy your coffee!”

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

  • Live simply.
  • Love generously.
  • Care deeply.
  • Speak kindly.
  • Leave the rest to God.

Less is truly more . . .

I just found this copy of a church marketing advertisement on Church Marketing Sucks. This one hit home for me, trust me when I say that if you desire less you end up with more; not stuff, but life.

Desire Less

The 25 Most Innovative Churches in America

Outreach magazine organized a panel of twelve ministry leaders and experts to help determine which 25 churches in America are the most innovative. The list is as follows:

  1. LifeChurch.tv (Edmond, OK) :: Craig Groeschel
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04, ‘05, & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  2. Granger Community Church (Granger, IN) :: Mark Beeson
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04 & ’05
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘06
  3. North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA) :: Andy Stanley
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  4. Fellowship Church (Grapevine, TX) :: Ed Young Jr.
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04, ‘05, & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  5. Mosaic Church (City of Industry, CA) :: Erwin McManus
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  6. Seacoast Church (Mt. Pleasant, SC) :: Greg Surratt
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  7. Community Christian Church (Naperville, IL) :: Dave Ferguson
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘06
  8. National Community Church (Washington, DC) :: Mark Batterson
  9. Mars Hill Church (Seattle, WA) :: Mark Driscoll
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  10. New Hope Christian Fellowship (Oahu, HI) :: Wayne Cordero
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04, ‘05, & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  11. Mars Hill Bible Church (Grandville, MN) :: Rob Bell
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  12. The Potter’s House (Dallas, TX) :: T.D. Jakes
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04 & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  13. Crossover Church (Tampa, FL) :: Tommy Kyllonen
  14. Church of the Open Door (Maple Grove, MN) :: David Johnson
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
  15. Redeemer Presbyterian Church (New York, NY) :: Timothy Keller
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  16. Healing Place Church (Baton Rouge, LA) :: Dino Rizzo
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘06
  17. The Journey Church (New York, NY) :: Nelson Searcy
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘05
  18. Saddleback Church (Lake Forest, CA) :: Rick Warren
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04, ‘05, & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  19. North Coast Church (Vista, CA) :: Larry Osborn
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  20. Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL) :: Bill Hybels
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  21. Imago Dei Community (Portland, OR) :: Rick McKinley
  22. Christ the King Community Church (Mt. Vernon, WA) :: Dave Browning
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
  23. Radiant Church (Surprise, AZ) :: Lee McFarland
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04, ‘05, & ‘06
  24. Living Word Christian Center (Forest Park, IL) :: William Winston
  25. The Sanctuary (Santa Clarita, CA) :: Marty Walker

If you are a pastor looking for some innovative ministry ideas, these 25 churches are a great starting point to begin your search. Visit Outreach magazine online for more on how this list was created and for profiles of some of these innovative churches.

Sponsored by: Oaktreeidea.com It’s not your typical social network. It’s a place to collaborate with other Christians and change the world. And it’s free!

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The 25 Most Innovative Churches in America

Outreach magazine organized a panel of twelve ministry leaders and experts to help determine which 25 churches in America are the most innovative. The list is as follows:

  1. LifeChurch.tv (Edmond, OK) :: Craig Groeschel
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04, ‘05, & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  2. Granger Community Church (Granger, IN) :: Mark Beeson
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04 & ’05
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘06
  3. North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA) :: Andy Stanley
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  4. Fellowship Church (Grapevine, TX) :: Ed Young Jr.
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04, ‘05, & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  5. Mosaic Church (City of Industry, CA) :: Erwin McManus
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  6. Seacoast Church (Mt. Pleasant, SC) :: Greg Surratt
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  7. Community Christian Church (Naperville, IL) :: Dave Ferguson
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘06
  8. National Community Church (Washington, DC) :: Mark Batterson
  9. Mars Hill Church (Seattle, WA) :: Mark Driscoll
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  10. New Hope Christian Fellowship (Oahu, HI) :: Wayne Cordero
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04, ‘05, & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  11. Mars Hill Bible Church (Grandville, MN) :: Rob Bell
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  12. The Potter’s House (Dallas, TX) :: T.D. Jakes
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04 & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  13. Crossover Church (Tampa, FL) :: Tommy Kyllonen
  14. Church of the Open Door (Maple Grove, MN) :: David Johnson
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
  15. Redeemer Presbyterian Church (New York, NY) :: Timothy Keller
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  16. Healing Place Church (Baton Rouge, LA) :: Dino Rizzo
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘06
  17. The Journey Church (New York, NY) :: Nelson Searcy
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘05
  18. Saddleback Church (Lake Forest, CA) :: Rick Warren
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04, ‘05, & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  19. North Coast Church (Vista, CA) :: Larry Osborn
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  20. Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL) :: Bill Hybels
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  21. Imago Dei Community (Portland, OR) :: Rick McKinley
  22. Christ the King Community Church (Mt. Vernon, WA) :: Dave Browning
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
  23. Radiant Church (Surprise, AZ) :: Lee McFarland
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04, ‘05, & ‘06
  24. Living Word Christian Center (Forest Park, IL) :: William Winston
  25. The Sanctuary (Santa Clarita, CA) :: Marty Walker

If you are a pastor looking for some innovative ministry ideas, these 25 churches are a great starting point to begin your search. Visit Outreach magazine online for more on how this list was created and for profiles of some of these innovative churches.

Sponsored by: Oaktreeidea.com It’s not your typical social network. It’s a place to collaborate with other Christians and change the world. And it’s free!

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Skilled and Faithful Church Marketers Needed

NSR – What do you see as a crucial topic facing the evangelical church at large today?

MB – I think one of the greatest challenges we face is that we are known more for what we are against than what we are for. It breaks my heart. Christianity is misunderstood & misaligned in so many ways. I think the Church needs to take a look in the mirror & instead of saying we are against this & against that (& I am not saying that there are not things that we shouldn’t be – there are things which we need to take a moral stand against, but we need to offer better solutions). The Church needs to find creative ways of communicating to culture – who we are, what we’re about.I think the Church right now has a serious perception problem. We know the reality that Jesus is the Son of God, crucified for our sins, & rose from the dead. He’s going to return & we have eternity to look forward to, but somehow it seems that we aren’t communicating the message of the Gospel in terms that are resonating with our culture in ways that they could, or should. We have the greatest message, we need the greatest marketing.

The Preface: 10 Questions With…Mark Batterson

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Hmm, isn’t that interesting . . .

Things I learned from my horse trainers #42:

Practice saying, “Hmmmm… how interesting.” Say it when you’re frustrated. Say it when you’re mad. Most importantly, say it before you say or do anything else (including hit the “send” or “post” button).

It should be the first thing out of your mouth when things go wrong–or don’t meet your expectations–because:

1) It inserts a pause and gives you a moment to think before you react.

2) It keeps you from taking things too personally

3) It helps you ask more questions instead of jump to conclusions.

Church Tech Matters

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Quote of the Day

In the words of General Norman Schwarzkopf,

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.

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