I saw an article the other day from The Atlantic titled “Power Causes Brain Damage: How leaders lose mental capacities–most notably for reading other people–that were essential to their rise.” Here is the opening paragraph. “If power were a prescription drug, it would come with a long list of known side effects. It can intoxicate. It can corrupt. It can even make Henry Kissinger believe he’s sexually magnetic. But can cause brain damage?

The article really unpacks how, when people experience power, they actually lose the capacity to empathize, and of course, that is related to reading people and responding to people and ultimately leading well. Basically it actually affects our brains.

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Six Ways for Pastors to Get Paid

I heard a great bit of teaching by the amazing Dan Sullivan, who is probably the preeminent business coach in the world. The names of the people he associates with or has taught is a who’s who list of those who have done big things and doing big things in the world right now.

In this teaching, he talked about six ways to get paid and I thought wow! The content was good in itself, and I thought this really has some pretty solid application for pastors, so I thought I’d run through this thinking about different ways for pastors or Christian leaders to get paid. There’s six of them and they all begin with C, which is helpful.

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Introducing 12Church

Today I’m very pleased to announce that 12Church, a long time theoretical concept, has finally come to some sense of fruition. At least the seeding of it has happened in that we have officially started our alternative model of church based on missional communities, with some other little tweaks to the set-up. The basic idea is we’re built around groups that have a heavy emphasis on evangelism.

We never plan to have a building. We never plan to have a full-time pastor. In fact, my role, even at this initial roll-out stage is just kept to 20 hours a week and we intend to keep it that way. It should be a lean mean, scalable, sustainable system.

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Disciple Making

In my last post I mentioned that I had started another podcast called Disciple Making and I thought what I would do today is simply share the first episode of that with you. What you’ll hear is a bit of the story of my co-host’s journey of disciple making, which I think you’ll find interesting, and will give you an idea of what the Disciple Making podcast is all about.

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Prolific Quality Output

This post is commemorating the 300th episode of my podcast Priority Pastor. I was toying with several different options and I’ll explain all the different factors in a while. I was considering making this the last one of this podcast, making a big shift in the podcast itself, just mixing it up in some way, or just continuing as I have.

The reason I started this podcast was due to a course I was taking that really challenged the idea of publishing content regularly. I actually initially started publishing a blog post pretty much every day, which is a bit of work for me. I love writing and think I write fairly well, but you’re moving towards perfectionism when you’re writing (at least I am) and it was a lot of hard work.

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