The Dreams that Drive Revolution Church


Revolution is going to turn 5 years old yesterday. Over the last week on the blog, I shared some of the things that drove us to start Revolution and drive us to this day. If you missed them, here they are:

  1. Help people become who they were created to be.
  2. Helping people take their next step with Jesus.
  3. Get the Men, Win the War.
  4. Be simple.
  5. Unleash leaders & plant churches.

Links I Like

Links I Like is a collection of blogs, articles and books I’ve come across recently and thought they were worth sharing. Click here for past Links I Like.


  1. Barnabas Piper on Trading street corners for social media. This is a great look at how Christians act online.
  2. Ten things Ed Stetzer has learned on twitter.
  3. Luke Simmons on How to keep what is most important in a church, most important. This is a great message for leaders.
  4. Books to read on loving God and loving others. Great book list.
  5. Paul Alexander on Leadership lessons he wished he’d known when he was younger.
  6. What Adam Ramsey wish he had known about student ministry and preaching when he started. I’m really enjoying this series on The Resurgence.
  7. R.D. McClenegan on 6 lessons I learned as a rookie pastor.
  8. 16 ways to reignite momentum.
  9. J.D. Greear on Lead by influence, not command.

The Hypocrite

Here is a teaser video for the final week of the LifeSuckers Series @peopleschurchtv. This series was great and this video was hilarious.

Tuesday Morning Book Review || Drive


Every Tuesday morning, I review a book that I read recently. If you missed any, you can read past reviews here. This week’s book is Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us (kindle version) by Daniel Pink.

Who should read this book:

  1. If you find yourself leading people and wondering how to motivate them, challenge them to do things, reach higher and go longer.
  2. If as a parent, you struggle to motivate your child and can’t seem to get them moving.
  3. If you make goals and never reach them, always giving up.

Pink uses the difference between motivation 2.0 and what he calls motivation 3.0. Motivation 2.0 is what many companies and leaders use, they put a carrot in front of an employee, volunteer or child. If you work this many hours, get this kind of grade, perform in this way, you’ll get the carrot. Which is a treat, more money, prestige or security. If you don’t, you’ll get the stick. The stick is always the threat.

Motivation 3.0 is different. As Pink puts it,

When it comes to motivation, there’s a gap between what science knows and what business does. Our current business operating system— which is built around external, carrot-and-stick motivators—doesn’t work and often does harm. We need an upgrade. And the science shows the way. This new approach has three essential elements: (1) Autonomy—the desire to direct our own lives; (2) Mastery—the urge to make progress and get better at something that matters; and (3) Purpose—the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.

Motivation 2.0 does not work. Pink says,

Carrots and sticks can promote bad behavior, create addiction, and encourage short-term thinking at the expense of the long view…When people use rewards to motivate, that’s when they’re most demotivating.

At Revolution, we really seek to challenge our leaders, staff and volunteers with motivation 3.0. For employees, we run the culture of, “get your work done, as long as it takes, get it done.” Some seasons are busier than others. Some weeks are longer and some are shorter. It could take a full-time employee 40 hours one week, 50 another or 35 another. I don’t buy into the the myth that a job has to take 40 hours for it to be a job. That doesn’t motivate anyone. Especially as Pink shows from the success of companies like Best Buy, 3M and others.

This book was helpful to be reminded of how I and others are motivated. Definitely a worthwhile read for leaders.

Leadership Qualities

Had a great discussion last night at our LEAD Team meeting about the qualities of a leader, what we are called to be as leaders and what we are calling other leaders to at Revolution.

We looked at 5 qualities that Bill Hybels brings up in his book Courageous Leadership. We rated ourselves on each one and talked through which one we are weakest on and what that means for our leadership, how we will get better and what things we as a team can do to help each other get better in those areas.

Here are the 5 things we looked at and some questions we asked to get a better handle on our strengths and weaknesses in these areas:

  1. Influence: Is anyone following you? Do you have a hard time getting people on your team to get things done? In a group setting, do people look to you to make a decision? Are you the leader in a room even if you don’t have the title? Do people come to you instead of someone else?
  2. Character: Do people trust you? Do people seek you out for advice? Are you seen as a role model? Do you have secret sins?
  3. People skills: Do you have a problem making friends or keeping friends? Do you have a problem getting people on your team? Do you have too many people who want to be on your team? Do people want to hang out with you? Do you have to force people to hang out with you?
  4. Drive: Do you need someone to motivate you to get things done? Do you need to be micromanaged? Are you a self starter? Do you drive in the passing lane? Do you set goals?
  5. Intelligence: Do you like to learn? Are you always looking for new tools to get better at what you do? Are you always reading?

So rate yourself. Where are you the strongest? The weakest?

How can you improve your strength areas? With your weaknesses, will they hinder your strengths?

One of the things we talked about was that underneath our weakness may be a sin issue. If there is, confess it. Deal with it. As leaders, we need to make sure nothing can get in the way of what God wants to do.