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Empty Shelf Challenge Books #17-21

empty shelfThis year, I joined Jon Acuff and hundreds of others in filling an empty shelf on our bookshelves. You can read more about it here. I’ve had a combination of different pictures for my shelf, as sometimes I include kindle books, and now I’ve started a separate stack of books in my office.

This post is covering books #17-21, which as you can see, all relate to my position as the Connections & Growth Director at our church. Most of these are relating to small groups and community and volunteers.

17. Simply Strategic Volunteers – I really liked this book. It was filled with short, helpful chapters addressing many different ways to help your volunteers feel appreciated and ideas to think about as you lead. If you are involved at all with volunteers in an organization, I highly recommend this book.

18. Organic Community – I really liked this, as it talks about how you can’t force community and you have to find ways to foster organic growth and connections within your church community.

19. Activate – This also dealt with small groups and community, and how to help encourage people to get involved.

20. Creating Community – This book talked about ways to develop and encourage connections and community within your church. Andy Stanley and his team share how they have created a small group culture in their church.

21. Missional Small Groups - This book was a great look at how people are successfully implemented missional small groups. These types of group intentionally look outward and see how they can serve and meet the needs of those around them. I learned some great concepts through this book.

I’d love to hear of any books you’ve read relating to community and small groups and leading volunteers. Share in the comments below!

Startiversary {Podcast Episode #55}



It’s been one year since Jon Acuff sent out a cryptic message that simply said, “Adventurers wanted.” I had no idea it would lead to an experience that would be so incredibly powerful. I have met people from all over the country and made friendships that have enriched my life. Even though I felt I had “started” a few years earlier, this group has helped continue to push me to be better and make positive changes in my life.

On this episode, we talk about:




One of my favorite quotes from Start.

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What are you launching?

This weekend, some friends are gathering for an awesome weekend of Launching dreams. They’re gathering in Tulsa, OK at a conference put on BY dreamers FOR dreamers.



Photo credit: LaunchOut team













You can follow along on Twitter or Facebook by using the hashtag #Launchout.

I’m so excited for them. Many will be speaking publicly for the first time about their dreams and what they are working on. Also, the group is just amazingly supportive and helpful, and some powerful connections will be made by spending time together in person.

So, this brings me to the questions I have asked before, and I always love to hear your responses to.

What are you working on? Where is your dream taking you? How can we celebrate with you?


Share in the comments below! I’d love to hear!



Lily Kreitinger on Living an Intentional Life {Podcast Episode #54}



Lily Kreitinger joins me on the podcast today. She was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, and moved to the United States in 2004. She has worked in training and education organizations for over 20 years. Currently she works as instructional designer for Capella University in Minneapolis and also owns Kreitinger Design Studio, dedicated to help bloggers and small business owners become self-published authors through digital products.
Lily is a Competent Communicator and Competent Leader level in Toastmasters. She’s also a very happy wife and mother, world traveler and explorer. She loves having a hybrid life of city and country living in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis, MN.

On this episode, we discuss:

  • Working full time while working on a dream
  • Finding online community
  • Her dream of changing people’s lives
  • We have the tools to get our message out to the world
  • Having a culture of generosity instead of scarcity
  • Time management tips
  • Learning to build efficiencies into your day
  • What does success look like for you?
  • Your kids won’t remember how clean your oven was
  • Build a life for your kids that is intentional
  • Don’t wait to start
  • Pick yourself and go for it!
  • You can scare yourself out of anything
  • God has put that desire in your heart for a reason
  • Chris LoCurto’s LifePlan and how it changed her life
  • Thinking you had a pretty good life
  • Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
  • Brenee Brown on shame
  • The importance of bringing your spouse with you to LifePlan
  • Finding balance in your life
  • What is keeping you from achieving your goals?
  • Knowing a lot about God and knowing God personally are two different things
  • What do you want your life to look like?



You can read Lily’s article on Chris’ blog here. You can learn more about her on her website, or follow her on Twitter.


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Beauty in the weeds

This thought struck me as I was standing in the middle of a field of weeds, watching my sons fish. The flowers jumped out at me, and reminded me of something so simple but so powerful.


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