Matt McGill knows how to blog. He needs to do it more – but right now he’s on a run during this series of panels. Check out his stuff, here’s a clip:

Each person shared their ministry context and a few success stories…Some common themes:

  • Empowering the individuals of the church
  • Reaching out to the pain medication centers…bars, strip clubs, battered women shelters, etc.
  • Not the gospel of salvation, but the gospel of the kingdom
  • 2 of the 5 came from “radical, uncontrolled” lives… Not surprising that this background would lead to the compassion
  • Definitely: top down leadership … Each pastor was passionate for evangelism


How Not to Lead

 —  February 15, 2008 — 3 Comments

This is what could be my favorite blog post of all time – I found it on McGill’s blog and I think it’s a must read. Here’s a small sampling:

The goal is not to share your agenda with others but to achieve your agenda through others. Communicate, negotiate, interrogate with your cards held close.

Control conversations. Lead others to the place where you want them to go, never follow. Make them say your idea in a way that they think it’s their own. Ask the kinds of questions to get the answers you want.

Flatter when it will work, which is most of the time, because people are caught up in their egos. Don’t worry about it being true. If they smile you win. The motive behind that smile isn’t your concern, “cause it all feels the same.” Feed insecurities, they are never satisfied. Doing so increases obedience.

Tons more if you dare follow the link. Lots to think about …



Words of wisdom from McGill.


Convertible Once Again

 —  January 5, 2008 — 3 Comments

At the recording of Episode 62 of the Simply Youth Ministry Podcast – I came in wearing sunglasses and left without them. I don’t think I forget them in the studio, it is more that they simply vanished. Now I’m not one to accuse, but it appears that either Andy, Matt, or Fields is a thief. Sure, I suppose, I could have left them on the roof of my car or accidentally thrown them away with the empty Vitamin Water bottles.

So the best pair of sunglasses I’ve even owned (read: “stolen” if you talk to Andy) are gone. And that was a month ago. Actually, now that I think about it, I think that gives me probable cause and motive that Andy is the guy that “stole” them back

Anyhow … yup, I now think that Andy stole my glasses. Fortunately, Jason scored me a brand new pair of Oakley Gascan sunglasses from a friend of his for me and they are great. I finally can take down the top on my convertible again (yes, I drive a Michael Scott edition Sebring).