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Why we never find anything on Mars (via 22 Words)

Good Reads

  • 8 Ways to Coax New Ideas to the Surface: Research suggests that breakthrough feats tend to emerge from eight different ways of illuminating new possibilities: challenging, connecting, visualizing, collaborating, harmonizing, improvising, reorienting, and playing. (HT David Murray)
  • Why Great Ideas Get Rejected: Have you ever debuted an exciting new idea to the world only to receive a lukewarm or even highly critical response? Well, get used to it. Mounting evidence shows that we all possess an inherent bias against creativity. The good news is there’s something we can do about it.
  • Laypeople and the Mission of God: Every church must have a strategy and a process to equip people for ministry and mission. Thus, they create an environment where people are empowered and enabled to do ministry. Yet, and perhaps this is the greatest challenge in many churches, you have to recognize that there are many factors working AGAINST engaging all God’s people in ministry.
  • Why “Leaders” Are Not the Church’s Greatest Need: Today, it is the rare pastor who does not think of himself first and foremost as a leader who must employ leadership skills to lead his people. Gone are the days when pastors thought of themselves as, well, ministers – those who “attend to the wants and needs of others.”

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