Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “How does creativity come about? Usually it comes when someone looks closely and recognizes a problem. For instance, Nick Woodman went surfing and could not take pictures of himself, and soon he founded GoPro cameras. Let your creativity be stoked when you fine out how 14 more inventors experienced their ‘Aha!’ moments in an infographic in Inc. Magazine.”
Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “Many people don’t realize that John Wesley was an advocate for free health clinics at the society gathering halls. He saw meeting people’s physical needs as part of the equation to get them to listen to the answers doe their spiritual needs. In these case-study articles by Warren Bird you will find many creative ideas for helping people advance not just socially but also spiritually.”
Article by Warren Bird, 6/4/14
As a career medical professional, Hilary Nicholson thought the idea of a charitable health care was laughable—that is, until a “divine appointment” and a partnership between her local church and a national organization fueled the launch of an innovative, life-changing ministry in her community…
Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “Social entrepreneurship means encouraging entrepreneurs to create programs that help the needy. Churches have an important role in encouraging such entrepreneurship. Learn more about social entrepreneurs and how your ministry can develop ‘idea generators’.”
by Katie Smith Milway, Harvard Business Review
The Behaviors that Define A-Players
by Jack Zenger, Harvard Business Review
“To see what separates the competent from the exceptional individual performers, we collected 50,286 360-degree evaluations conducted over the last five years on 4,158 individual contributors…
Set stretch goals and adopt high standards for themselves. This was the single most powerful differentiator…
Work collaboratively… “the ability to work collaboratively and foster teamwork.” And this trait did distinguish the great from the merely competent…
Volunteer to represent the group. The best individual contributors were highly effective at representing their groups to other departments or units within the organization. If you want to stand out, have the courage to raise your hand and offer to take on the extra work of representing your group. In this way you will gain recognition, networking opportunities, and valuable learning experiences…
Embrace change, rather than resisting It...Change is difficult for everyone, but is necessary for organizational survival. The best individual contributors are quick to embrace change in both tactics and strategy.” Read more at … http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/04/what-a-players-do/
“All Nations” and Church Planting
by Ed Stetzer, The Exchange, 3/26/14
How does church planting relate to the Great Commission and Jesus’ call to reach the nations?
“In research released last year by Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, missiologist Todd M. Johnson and his team found that nearly twenty percent of non-Christians in North America do not personally know a Christian. More than seventy-five percent of the Sikhs, Hindus, and Jains living in the U.S. do not know a Christian. The same is true for more than sixty-five percent of Buddhists, Shintoists, Taoists, Zoroastrians, and practitioners of Chinese folk religion. Even forty-two percent of Muslims acknowledge that they have no close Christian contacts. They need new church plants.
In the U.S. alone, there are more than five hundred unengaged, unreached people groups.