I’m Back: My Return to the Mansfield Mission Center

Mansfield is a family friendly city primarily in Tarrant County Texas that is nearly equidistant from Dallas and Forth Worth. I first experienced life in Mansfield when I purchased a home there in the 1990s. Since that time the population has nearly tripled, growing from around 25,000 to 70,000. As Mansfield has grown so has the need to care for all who call the city home. Individuals, businesses, government, faith communities and nonprofits have worked independently and collaboratively to Read More …

Top 5 Posts of 2018

2018 has been a year of new beginnings for me. The year began with my family moving into a new home.  As the year progressed other major changes followed including two that appear in this year's list of top blog posts (selected based on total number of views this calendar year): Top 10 Books of 2018 (December) Book Recommendations - May 2018 (May) Now Open (March) Book Recommendations - July 2018 (July) My Year of Social Enterprise (July) So What? This year's list includes Read More …

A Year of Change

Last week I was asked to summarize my experience of 2018 with a single world. After a slight pause, I replied "change." 2018 has been a year filled with personal and professional change. Here's my Top 10 List: Living. For the first time in my life, I'm living an urban lifestyle (in the 15th largest city in the United States). Moving. My wife and I moved from a two story suburban home with a golf course view to a four story downtown dwelling with a city view. Growing. The Adese Read More …

Search for a Church 2.0: Taking a Detour

The first few months of our search for a church went according to plan.  Each week we visited a new congregation until we had visited all 10 that were on our short list of prospects (check out First Five Visits and Five More Visits). Next Steps After these ten experiences, we narrowed the possibilities down to three congregations.  Our plan was to visit each of these again multiple times, and to begin to connect in ways beyond worship in each of these communities of faith.  Ideally, by the Read More …

My Year of Social Enterprise

A year ago this week I announced that I had accepted the position of Director of Social Enterprise at the Wesley Mission Center. Over the last twelve months, I've been blessed to serve the people living within the bounds of Mansfield Independent School District - a geographic area that includes the city of Mansfield as well as parts of Arlington, Grand Prairie, Rendon and other areas. Founded as an outreach ministry of First Methodist Mansfield, the organization grew and became its own Read More …

Love the Problem – Not Your Solution

Some of the greatest wisdom is easy to process at the level of intellectually understanding, but much harder to embrace and enact consistently. Love the Problem - Not Your Solution Unpacking the Big Idea I was reintroduced to this big idea by Rabbi Elan Babchuck, Director of Innovation at CLAL and Founding Director of the Glean Incubator, when he facilitated a session titled "Love the Problem - Not Your Solution" at a gathering of the Adese Fellows in Louisville, Kentucky in June Read More …

Prioritizing Core Values

Core values are an essential part of organizational DNA.  They tell the story of what is important within a given church, non-profit organization, or for profit business.  And, core values should guide all that an organization is and does. Since core values are so significant they should be named often, and embodied always. Two faith-based organizations that I know well serve as good examples. Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ We believe we are here to serve, not to be served. Read More …

Now Open!

Last summer, I started a new role as the first ever Director of Social Enterprise at the Wesley Mission Center in Mansfield, Texas.  Over the last seven months I've helped this young (est. 2013) , community oriented, justice focused, faith-based non-profit scale its largest funding source and flagship social enterprise: a Thrift Store and Boutique. Learning For many years before the Wesley Mission Center became its own separately incorporated 501(c)3, it was the Community Outreach arm of Read More …