Matrix of Brokenness

As I said yesterday I am going to work through and begin to try and identify the weaknesses that I have. Before doing that though I need to show you the matrix that Allender developed in for the challenges that leaders face and their potential responses.  It's helpful and it's a bit of a diagnostic tool. It also provides a good grid for framing the discussion.There are five leadership challenges with which every leader comes face to face. I have re-created the grids that Allender developed on pages 8 and 9 of Leading With Limp.The challenges are obvious. I don't think that anyone would doubt them.  If you do doubt them then, I would have to assume that you have never led for any length of time. Now consider these five ineffective responses.  Which of them do you most struggle with?  I want to pick and choose.  Yet, as I honestly evaluate my own leadership I think that I have failed in...
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You’re in the Battle of Your Life

Dan Allender says, "So here's the hard truth: if you're a leader, you're in the battle of your life." Welcome to a challenging text called Leading With a Limp. This is a book that was given to me by a man who mentored me for six years, on the day of my ordination he mailed it to me. I finally got around to reading it this Advent season and what I read has brought me to a place where I need to re-evaluate how I have been leading. I have not been leading with a limp.The assumption of Allender's book is this, "To the degree you face and name and deal with your failures as a leader, to that same extent you will create an environment conducive to growing and retaining productive committed colleagues (2)".  He goes on to say, "To the degree you attempt to hide or dissemble your weaknesses, the more you will need to control those you...
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Welcome to the Subversive Journey

There is a strange phenomenon that has taken place in the world today. Not very long ago there were little girls with diaries that had locks and keys. Now, they have been replaced by Blogger, Xanga, Myspace, and Facebook Notes. The world is invited into our minds, memories,thoughts, concepts, and ideas. So why do this? Why invite people in?A friend of mine, Ken, has said that blogging is cathartic and that in it this generation finds hope for community and connection. I think he is right. There is something cleansing about writing your words out. Sending your ideas into the universe and to possibly have them read, one day, by someone. In past times people wrote books. Well, not many read long texts anymore. I am struck by the fact that Jonathan Edwards, a Christ-follower from an earlier time, seemed to be aware that his journals would someday be read. He had an eye to the encouragement and edification of...
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A grocery store…IN DETROIT??? Yep…

So, one of the things that has always made living in the actual city of Detroit a difficult thing for many families (and no suburbs are not Detroit, ehem...Redford) is that there have been no real grocery stores there.  That is all about to change with Meijer building a store near 8 Mile and Woodward.  This is a genius move on their part.  With a mayor who has a plan, a city council that could get turned over (through elections or arrests), Detroit might have a chance to become an urban center again and Meijer would be on the ground floor.There is something to be said for being the first. Well done Meijer.Meijer signs deal for Detroit store | Detroit Free Press | Freep.com...
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Model D – Another exploration of Detroit’s farming potential, from Traffic Jam to the classroom

I wrote recently about the necessity for our city to draw people back and experience a revival. This article from Model D is a great example how we could possibly begin the revitalization of Detroit and its outlying areas. Could not the church be the driving force in this transformation and reclamation of the abandoned properties?Model D - Another exploration of Detroit's farming potential, from Traffic Jam to the classroom Tags: detroit, culture, mission...
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