I’ve been toying around with the idea of documenting the time we spent while living on the road. It was an incredibly formative time for Erin and I and it’s something I want to archive in some meaningful way. So at the prompting of a few author friends, I’ve started to piece together a story about our travels and the faith transition I went through during this time. Here’s the introduction I wrote for the book last month.
As your team or business grows, things change – they have to! A $10 billion business cannot operate the same as a 1-2 person startup. And since no businesses start at that scale, it’s important to understand what helps a team grow without breaking. How can your team continue to innovate, take on new customers, provide quality service, and maintain a healthy work/life balance for your staff?
One of the common tenets of growth theories is that companies require process and structure as they grow. And if they’re lucky, they’ll be around long enough to reach a critical tipping point where too much structure will begin to squash innovation. It’s easy to find examples of companies that have crossed this threshold — they’re slow, bureaucratic, behemoths. How did they get there? At some point in time, someone decided they needed a new process or policy without considering the cost.
The following is a sermon by the Episcopal Bishop for the diocese of Spokane, Gretchen Rehberg. It put to words what I’ve been feeling lately. I’ve seen so many followers of Jesus place their politics before the Gospel. While we may disagree about specific solutions, we must all agree on and focus on the work that Christ so clearly asked us to do.
In preparation for speaking at Elevate Summit in Denver, I prepared this script for my talk. I wasn’t able to memorize it fully, so wanted to share it in text since there were a few key points that may be easier to digest in this format. The video of the talk is embedded at the end. 👍
The Christian church has no alternative but to engage in actions which challenge the evils of society—poverty, ignorance, disease, oppression, injustice, war, and prejudice—and to attempt to create more human alternatives. The Christian faith community therefore is called: to stop contributing to our social ills; to take a stand on social issues; to raise a prophetic voice against injustice; to take positive action on behalf of liberation; to influence public opinion; to join with others working for social justice; to identify with and become the advocate to the cause of the outsider; to eliminate the chasm between personal and social religion (why don’t we turn the current enthusiasm for the Holy Spirit—long overdue—into a concern for the manifestation of the works of the Holy Spirit?); and to respond to people’s hunger for spiritual life by relating worship and prayer to social action, for both together are the work (liturgy) of a faith community.
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