By_Dustin_Scarpitti

Unconditional Worship

This week I’ve been spending time reading in the book of Job. It’s an account filled with incredible insight into who God is and how we need to posture ourselves toward Him. In case you’re not familiar with Job’s account, here’s a quick summary: (The links throughout will take you to scripture associated with corresponding statements) 1. Job was a wealthy guy who was respected and revered by everyone in his …

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When you’re a leader…

While not an exhaustive list, when you’re a leader, the following needs to be true about you:   When you’re a leader, begging God for wisdom needs to be a daily activity. I started leading people at a pretty young age, and so I got in the habit of this out of need and desperation. I had no wisdom of my own to draw on. I still am in need …

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The Problem With Procedure

Today I’m highlighting the dangerous pitfalls of over-reliance on procedures and systems. I’m coming from a perspective of personal experience in this area, as I have felt the effects of these pitfalls as well as the temptation to be overly reliant on procedures. I’ll start by saying that I’m a big fan of structure and procedure in a team environment. When I see details being missed or communication breaking down, …

More lasting impressions – This year: Mario Bros!

Last year I wrote about the importance of creating lasting impressions for your family. We did it up a bit, having Jackson be Batman, complete with a lit batmobile. Here’s that article.  So this year, we had to at least meet the bar set last year; hopefully take it to the next level. I love the creative outlet that days like Halloween provide to imagine and create something that my …

Responsibility to each other as believers

I was talking with my team this morning about the role we have in leading people within the church. However, as I dug into the notes for this, I realized that the responsibilities I wanted to touch on didn’t just apply to leaders, but to every believer and follower of Jesus Christ. See, I think we so often fall into the trap of looking to “professional Christians” as the ones …

Amplify Training Launch

After months of preparation, we had the immense privilege today of launching our Amplify training initiatives at The Chapel. It was amazing to have all aspects of our Worship and Creative Arts team in one place at the same time, to shape a vision for our future direction and to equip people to serve well where they are called to be. Below, you can listen to the opening large group …

Tough Conversations

Today’s topic is Tough Conversations – how do we prepare for and walk through the inevitable tough conversations that we will face: Gain Insight First It is never a wise idea to walk into a conversation that you know will be difficult until you’ve taken steps to gain insight into the situation. It’s important to do this with integrity and with respect for that person, so it cannot become a search …

Perception

Perception is an incredibly powerful variable in every situation we face. How you perceive others, and how they perceive you, has an effect on your approach to a situation, the decision you make in that situation, and how others will view you in that interaction. Whether you’re leading a team of employees, a group of volunteers, or leading informally by influence, you must be aware of the effects of perception …