1. Why is reading important to you, and how do you find or make time to read books and blogs?
Reading is a priority in my schedule, especially when I travel. I look for ways to read as I go. It stretches me, grows me, and helps me stay in the classroom of the Holy Spirit. We can never think we have arrived- there is always something to learn, an area to grow in. I have found reading helps me relax, wind down, step out of the craziness of life and take a pause. Readers are learners, and I still have much to learn.
2. What books are you currently reading that you would recommend to our readers?
-Rebuilding Your Broken Word by Gordan McDonald
-The Happiness Secret by J. John
3. How do you make time to write books or blog?
Writing has always been a team effort for me. I have a great team around me that I can trust to help me shape my books, blogs, etc. The “why” behind the “what” is very important to us. The reason we take time to write, is in hope that it will be a resource to grow and build the body of Christ.
4. What is the “big idea” of your latest book in a Leadership Network book series?
We believe the greatest cause you could give your life for is serving others. Christ set the ultimate example by modeling a life of servant-hood. The “big idea” of this book was His from the beginning. We have discovered that serving unlocks even the hardest of hearts and opens them to the love of God. A Servolution is not an event; it is a culture. As the body of Christ, it's not something we should think about doing – it's who we should become! Our desire is to not only inspire churches through Servolution, but to provide practical resources and ideas on how to implement it into the DNA of your church.
5. If leaders only had time right now to read one chapter of your book, which one would your recommend… and why?
Chapter 5 describes a turning point in my life. From the first time we opened our doors as a church, our heart has been to serve the poor and the hurting. Serving is our mandate, and our passion. But sometimes you get tired. Sometimes the needs are over-welming. Hurricane Katrina relief efforts exhausted us, stretched us, and required 24/7 serve for several months. During one of the midnight shifts God used a filthy car, a family of eleven, and a mucky diaper to wake me up and remind me we were not done yet. There is always one more person in need, always one more hurting, always one more desperate for the love of Jesus Christ. We must always be on the lookout for those who are hurting right at our doorsteps, right within our reach, and do whatever we can to communicate that Jesus cares.