When Leaders Are Transformed . . .

“When God transforms the life of just one leader, that leader can transform a church. When one church is transformed, you can transform a community. And when enough churches are thriving, you can affect a region, a country, and eventually the entire world with the positive, life-changing power of Jesus Christ and the redeeming and restoring work of his people.”
– Bill Hybels

Soldier devoted to family, Pawnee Nation, and our nation

SPC Tike Danson Alford Chapman, father of sons 4 and 6, died April 23 and the obituary is in the Tulsa World today. This is a notable obituary for several emphases and worth a read. Note his devotion to serving his country, his Pawnee Nation, family, and attention to extended family and ancestry.

The Tulsa World’s “Our Lives” Obituary section is one of the best I’ve seen, with extended obits and stories of lives of famous and not famous but extraordinary people.

Read obit for SPC Tike Danson Alford Chapman

What our church is reading

We’re working through several books in our church right now.

1. We’re doing a Route 66 study on Wednesday nights. Each Wednesday we survey another Bible book. We’re on Jonah this Wednesday night. I start each class with, “Well, Jeremiah (or whatever book we’re studying) is my favorite book.” God’s word is incredibly powerful and rips apart our assumptions and changes us. When we read it again with open hearts, we find we are not reading as much as it is reading us.

The Leader's Journey

2. The leadership team (shepherds and staff) are reading The Leader’s Journey right now. The book is by three authors out of Houston, Jim Herrington, Robert Creech, Trisha L. Taylor.

3. Our Garnett staff is reading Seven Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner, Lane Jones.

Women, Slaves, and Homosexuals

4. Finally, one of our church classes is reading Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals to help us with reading and interpreting Scripture on roles of women in church and life.

Going Missional

Leadership Journal and Wineskins Magazine feature articles in their current issues on the Missional Church. Wade Hodges and I wrote a piece called “We can’t do megachurch anymore” for Leadership Journal. An interview with Calvin Miller talking to me by phone is on ZOE/Wineskins A Life of Worship Podcast and if you’ve not read Shaping of Things to Come by Frost and Hirsh, you need to read the “Conversation with Fred” featuring Michael Frost.