Systems Trump Hopes & Intentions


Everybody has hopes, dreams and good intentions.

Everyone wants to lose weight, get out of debt, get a degree, start a business, or start a hobby.

Churches want to grow, reach new people, see people start following Jesus, see new givers take that first step, see people get connected into community or serve.

W. Edwards Deming said, “Your system is perfectly designed to give you the results you’re getting.”

Put another way: systems trump hopes and intentions. 

This is true for every system.

The systems you have in place as a church are why you have the number of first time, second time and third time guests that you have. It is why you have as many people giving. Why you have the number of people serving or in community.

None of this is accidental and none of this “just happens.”

For Revolution, this is one reason we transitioned from small groups to missional communities. We found that small groups would give us a certain result and it wasn’t the result we wanted.

Think about it personally. What if you want to lose weight, get out of debt, get a degree or start a business. None of that will just happen. You have to have a system for it. Just hoping to lose weight won’t cut it. You can’t have the intention of getting out of debt without a system for it.

The reality of Deming’s words ring true in our businesses, churches and homes. We are getting the results our systems are designed to give us. It isn’t an issue or hope, wishes, intentions, but of systems and strategy.

At this point, once you realize this, the next step is having the patience for it to take root.

One of the reasons I see people not lose weight or get out of debt is they expect it to happen as quickly as they gained the weight or got into debt. 

That isn’t a reality. In the same way, after 10 years of unhealthy communication in a marriage, it will not change over night. It will take time.

What happens for many people is they put a system in place, that moves slower than they would like, so they give up and settle for the results they don’t want.

And then we are back to square one.


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Monday Morning Mind Dump…

mind dump

  • Getting this up a little later than normal
  • I’m trying out a new Monday morning (post-preaching) routine
  • If it works like I hope it will, I’ll blog about it
  • Yesterday was a rough sermon to give
  • I like to to preach sermons that are more exciting, uplifting and challenging
  • Preaching on Samson from Judges 16 is such a cautionary tale to look at
  • But yet so important because no one thinks they will do anything to wreck their lives
  • But, you are always one choice away from wrecking your life
  • If you missed yesterday at Revolution, you can listen to it here
  • It was heartbreaking talking to people after church yesterday and hearing story after story of how someone wrecked their life and they got caught in it
  • Heartbreaking
  • We had our newcomer’s lunch yesterday
  • Love hearing how new people find our church and how excited they are about Revolution
  • I talked to a church planter this morning that is in the hard season of planting, that season that seems dreary and it seems like nothing is working or growing
  • It was a good reminder to enjoy the seasons of growth
  • And that both seasons are evidences of God’s grace
  • So excited for the next series at Revolution called All In
  • Can’t wait to spend 4 weeks looking at how the world, a city, a neighborhood, a family and a person are changed
  • Simply by one person going All In
  • Shared about one of the best leadership books I’ve read over the weekend
  • If you are a leader, you need to check it out
  • Taking Katie to look at a photographer’s gallery tonight
  • Pretty excited about how she is opening up to use her gifts and creativity in this area
  • Love seeing that blossom in her and how many people want her to take their pictures
  • Always exciting when other people think your spouse is as awesome as you think they are
  • Going to support some friends and their adoption fundraiser tonight at Chick Fil-A
  • If you can, come out to the one at El Con Mall from 5-7 and help them bring their 2 sweet little girls home from the Congo
  • Landed on what I think will be an awesome series to kick the fall off
  • We’re going to do a series on objections and complaints people have about Christianity called Why I’m Not a Christian
  • Going to hit some hard and controversial topics
  • Should be fun
  • Time to get to it
  • Til next time…
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A Wife Worth Finding, A Woman Worth Being


Beautiful is a word we’ve been talking about for 2 weeks now.

But what does it actually mean to be beautiful?

What does it look like to be a woman worth marrying, a daughter worth raising and a woman worth being?

That’s what we’ll be looking at this week as we wrap up our series Beautiful, we will look at Proverbs 31:10 – 31 and see the picture of a woman who in the eyes of God, is the goal of all women.

For single guys, these verses give you a picture of what you are looking for in a wife. For parents, these verses show you what kind of daughter you are to raise and what kind of woman you are to help your son find. For women, this is a picture of what God calls you to be and has designed you to become over the course of your life.

This is a talk that hits everyone in our church and is incredibly relevant in a culture that has no idea what a beautiful woman is like or what it means to find a wife worth finding. Because of that, it’s a great week to be at Revolution and bring someone with you. 

Don’t forget as well, we are one week away from kicking off our man series Fight

Remember, we meet at 10am on Sunday mornings at 8300 E Speedway Blvd.

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Letting Go of Your Past


Broken. Unloved. Sinful. Dirty.

These words describe how many people feel about their past, their present and their future. They look at the brokenness in their lives, marriages and relationships, upbringing and see nothing but brokenness and hurt.

It doesn’t have to be this way. 

This week, as we continue our series Beautiful, we will look at Colossians 3:1 – 17 and see how pain that is not transformed becomes transferred. But we also see a God who knows our past, is able to redeem our past because He is a God that is bigger than your history and more concerned with your destiny.

If you or someone you know struggles to feel loved, cherished, forgiven or let go of their past, this is a great week to be at Revolution.

I said this last week and wanted to make sure I mentioned it again: you may have noticed, we are growing as a church. You continue to bring friends and family, and God continues to send us new people. This is a good thing as more and more people hear the good news about who God created them to become.

Because of this, we want to make room in our parking lot for them by doing a couple of things:

  1. Carpool if you can.
  2. If you volunteer and arrive early, park on the east side of the school to open up more spots in the main parking lot.
  3. You can also park on Keesal Ave., east of the school.

You will also begin to notice a parking team that will help get people into spots and out of our parking lot smoothly. If you are interested in being a part of this team and welcoming people to Revolution by helping them get in and out quickly, please email Ciara Hull.

Remember, we meet at 10am on Sunday mornings at 8300 E Speedway Blvd.

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