Didn’t See It Coming

Book Review & Give-A-Way

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Didn’t See It Coming is by far the most highlighted and marked up book I’ve read this year! It’s not very often a book makes this kind of splash on so many leadership levels. In fact, no matter who you are, you will find wisdom in this book that will not only help you become a better person of influence for tomorrow but also better for the long haul. Even though we often live like we’ll see issues coming before we fall apart, Carey explains how sometimes it’s not that easy. This is your chance to see it coming before it’s too late – it’s certainly worth the read!

About the Author

Carey Nieuwhof is a husband, father of two, a former lawyer, and a highly influential founding and teaching pastor of Connex Church, author, blogger, and podcaster. Through these platforms, his goal remains the same: ‘to help people thrive in life and leadership.’ His book, Didn’t See It Coming, certainly helps with this mission!

Content and Purpose

The premise of the book is to give the reader some insight into how one can successfully navigate seven challenges we often face but don’t often see coming. We might actually be quick to dismiss this sort of book if everything seems to be going well; however, this is the very book you need to read so you can be ready to face these challenges when they hit.

The seven challenges make up the seven parts of the book:

  1. Cynicism;
  2. Compromise;
  3. Disconnection;
  4. Irrelevance;
  5. Pride;
  6. Burnout; and,
  7. Emptiness.

While Carey didn’t always see them coming, his hope is that we can all learn from his experiences, and become better at seeing these challenges as they surface in our lives.

Who should read the book?

I don’t say this very often, but the book is actually for everyone. If you want to grow as a person of influence and stay healthy for the long haul, this book is for you! I can honestly say, both the’ stay-at-home mom’ and the ‘board executive’ will find this book helpful!

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What Is ‘Revival’?

Understanding when revival begins...

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There are church buildings everywhere in North America, but why aren’t they all full of passionate believers? We all seem to have the answers – create new programs and use new methods; or hold on to old ideas and traditional methods. But any success is marginal compared to past ‘revivals.’ We live in a world that is looking for authentic experiences, so does the Church have something to offer?  The answer is simple – YES! God is longing to connect with all of humanity!  The question is – is the Church ready to be revived?

what is revival

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Dear Congregation

My Letter of Resignation

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To say the past six years have been some of the best years of our lives would be an understatement. We came here six years ago with nothing but a passion to pastor, a small car, and a few possessions that somewhat filled the parsonage. Since then, we’ve been blessed with two beautiful children (who you have welcomed and embraced as your own), a lovable dog, and a board and congregation who earnestly explored what ministry could, and would, look like in the Bay Roberts area. We are beyond blessed and continue to see the future of Bethel as a bright light in the area.

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Church Conflict: 3 types of conflict and how to navigate them

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It’s inevitable. Conflict will happen. The question is: will you let conflict sink you? If there’s one mistake we make when leading change, its pretending conflict doesn’t exist. We’d like to think we don’t avoid conflict, but more often than not, we don’t address it. Instead, we make a big deal out of the small stuff and ignore the awkward situations.

Church Conflict

Here’s how I understand conflict, and how I’ve attempted to navigate them:

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Are Science and Miracles both from the Hands of God?

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Science and miracles are a common topic of interest when people ask me about God. Usually, the conversation expects a debate of sorts between Science and God. If Science, for example, can prove or disprove something miraculous, then it is no longer a miracle. Likewise, if science cannot speak to a particular miracle, then God must be at work. And the conversation goes back and forth. The question that I often ask is: can God be behind both the explainable and the unexplainable?

Are Science and Miracles both from the Hands of God

I came across an interesting YouTube video recently and it laid out a number of explanations of biblical miracles. The point of the video isn’t to say they didn’t happen; rather, that we can now provide an explanation as to why they happened.

Here’s the video:

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