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Author Archives: Randy Willis

Praying for the Church at Christmastime

What an exciting time! And, what an incredible opportunity for the Church as we celebrate Christmas—God’s rescue mission to save the world! As the Church prepares to celebrate Jesus’ birth, and offer Christ, over the next few days, here’s what I find myself praying. O God, thank you for your great love, and for sending…Continue →

“The Seed”

The latest book by Jon Gordon that I’ve read is The Seed (see previous posts on The Energy Bus and Training Camp). The Seed is about helping you find your purpose in life and at work. The book is a fable centered around Josh, a talented young man who has lost his passion at work.…Continue →

The Lord is Great!

Recently, Adam Weber, pastor of Embrace Church (a United Methodist Church) posted a prayer on Twitter that has stuck with me … https://twitter.com/adamweber/status/408802801804779520 This prayer, and this attitude, is essential for staying humble and hungry. Focusing on God’s greatness keeps us humble. God’s greatness keeps us wanting to know God better. You can see this…Continue →

“Direct Hit”

Several years ago, Paul Borden consulted with the leaders of the Susquehanna Conference. The Matthew 28 Initiative, a strategy for transforming congregations, developed out of that experience (read more at Growing Effective Churches). I’ve written about Centre Grove UMC’s experience with Matthew 28: see Transforming Congregations Through the Matthew 28 Initiative (the before) and The…Continue →

Catalyst One Day Returns to PA!

Yesterday, we attended Catalyst One Day in Central PA (Lancaster). Over the years, there have been (multiple-day) Catalyst events, but in the last few years, they’ve also been conducting Catalyst One Day events. This was the second year in PA (we attended last year, as well). Yesterday’s event was the most-attended One Day event ever!…Continue →

Halloween 2013

The kids had plenty of opportunities to enjoy Halloween activities this week! The week began with Trunk-or-Treat at Centre Grove on Sunday. Sarah’s preschool had a party on Wednesday and Ethan’s first grade class had a party on Thursday. Last night, the kids went trick-or-treating around the neighborhood in light rain. Sarah was Super Girl…Continue →

“The Energy Bus”

Over the last several months, I have enjoyed reading some books by Jon Gordon, including Training Camp, which I wrote about here. I also read and enjoyed The Energy Bus, which is about positive energy. Gordon contends … … positive people, positive communication, positive interactions, and positive work and team cultures produce positive results. Gordon…Continue →

“HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations”

Recently, I read the HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations by Nancy Duarte. The book brings together, and builds on, Nancy’s previous books, Slide:ology and Resonate, which I’ve blogged about extensively (this post includes links to the other seven posts in the series). I won’t repeat too much of the content from Resonate and Slide:ology, but…Continue →

Summer 2013

We had a nice, busy, and fast, summer. Early on, we went to York, Maine. Toward the end of the summer, we spent an afternoon at Greenwood Furnace. The kids enjoyed the rides at the Clearfield County Fair. And, just before the school year started, we spent a couple of days at the Pennsylvania Grand…Continue →