I have the pleasure of introducing you to, Bruce B. Miller, who is the founding pastor of Christ Fellowship, based out of McKinney, Texas. He taught systematic theology at Dallas Theological Seminary for four years and he also founded the Center for Church Based Training. Bruce most recently authored the book; Your Church in Rhythm, a Leadership Network publication published by Jossey-Bass and released in February 2011. As you'll see, Bruce draws from his wealth of experiences, giving us some thought provoking answers to this week's Q&A.
If someone came to you and said they were thinking of writing a book, what advice would you give them?
“Seriously count the cost. Ask yourself if you really believe this is a calling, stewardship from God, that you must do. If so, start small. Try writing an article or a chapter. Get feedback from a circle of readers before going wider.“
Name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Why and how did this person impact your life?
“Gene Getz has had a profound impact on me. It happened over a long period of time as he invited me to share ministry with him. Most commonly he included me in decisions; even as a much younger man, he sought my advice on matters from drafting a sensitive letter to re-structuring someone's job. We also played racquetball together weekly for about 15 years. That informal time to talk before and after was invaluable. I find that years later I quote him, refer to his example or follow his model without even thinking about it. His child-like curiosity for finding truth in God's Word into his later years inspires me to stay fresh and vigorous for Jesus.“
Explain the impact, if any, that technology (including social media, the Internet, digital publishing, etc) has made on your organization or you personally?
“Our Church has fully embraced Facebook, but we are not really a Twitter church. Recently we have introduced myworshipguide.com, a digital worship guide/bulletin/program that many are using Sunday morning during services. Digital publishing of a weekly study guide and a quarterly newsletter has reduced our print costs. Some people are watching our streaming on-line services on the Internet rather than coming to church which we see as less than desirable, but we are reaching many more than we would otherwise.”
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as an author?
“To grow as an author I aim to read good writing and study it. Recently I've been listening to a “Great Courses” lecture series on writing good sentences, pretty amazing and fundamental. Also I write all the time: journals, sermons, and more.“
When you hear from your readers, what do they want to know?
“How did I come up with the ideas and what am I doing with them.“