Monthly Archives: October 2013

31 10, 2013

The Tension is Good, but You Could Get Fired.

October 31st, 2013|Nehemiah|

Mark and I were sharing First Priority this past week with a group of church leaders.  We ran into a student pastor who loved the First Priority idea but was sad to say that he was getting fired from his church.  The reason was because he was spending too much time reaching out to students [...]

24 10, 2013

How long does it take to start First Priority?

October 24th, 2013|Nehemiah|

We get asked this question all the time. Another comment people make is, “I am sorry that this is taking so long.” My response, “Don’t worry about it.” Why? Because of a core value that we hold found in the story of Nehemiah. Here it is: This is about who you are before it is [...]

9 10, 2013

A vision with feasibility is more than a pipe dream…

October 9th, 2013|Nehemiah|

“Strategy is only as meaningful as the vision that gives it life; but a vision is only as effective as the strategy that gives it legs.” What? I couldn’t believe my professor from Minneapolis knew about First Priority and what we were up against as leaders!  I heard this in a class lecture I was [...]

4 10, 2013

Do not open until HOT.

October 4th, 2013|Nehemiah|

Nehemiah 3 states: "I said to them, “The gates of Jerusalem are not to be opened until the sun is hot. While the gatekeepers are still on duty, have them shut the doors and bar them. Also appoint residents of Jerusalem as guards, some at their posts and some near their own houses.” As we look at the 7th [...]