I’m in the process of writing out my “100 dreams and goals for 2008.” (I use my own MagnetGoals program.)

This year, I started with a fresh piece of paper and my “life” and “5-year” goals. In 45 minutes at Starbucks, I’d jotted down about 50 things I want to do in 2008. Some of them are off-the-wall dreams. But it’s still half the list.

This morning, I’m going to go over my 2007 list of 100 things, see how I did and see what I can add to my 2008 list.

In the past, I’d started with the prior year list. It helped fill up my sheet but it didn’t exactly get me off to an “anything’s possible” beginning. It was more of a,”Sheesh, I accomplished a lot but there’s still a lot that didn’t get done” sort of beginning. More of a “downer” feeling.

So if you get the chance, I highly recommend going to a comfortable place with a clean pad of paper and letting your dreams go wild. It’s somewhat embarrassing. I often find myself thinking things like, “Gosh, I hope people don’t find this list or read over my shoulder! They’ll think I’m really stuck on myself.” Even “Would God be that good to me?”

But it’s really invigorating.

[For what it’s worth, when I find myself asking if God would be that good, I know that thought or idea is almost assuredly from Him. It’s just my concept of Him that’s too small. Afterall, He gave His own Son for me. What would He hold back?]

Could your church be caricatured?

Seth Godin has a great post on brands and caricatures.

He points out that to have an effective caricature you need to have “exceptional features” you can accentuate. These become your brand.

He goes on to say:

As Nixon discovered, when the caricature becomes negative, it’s almost impossible to escape (glad I’m not Bob Nardelli or a shareholder at Topps hamburgers). Worse than avoiding the negative, though, is the tendency for most organizations to resist creating a brand that can be caricatured. It doesn’t feel safe or responsible or prudent. Coloring inside the lines and pleasing most of your customers most of the time almost guarantees you’ll be bland.

It’s a lot cheaper and faster and more effective to have a big nose.

What about your church? Could it be caricatured? And could you handle it if it were?

I think the Vineyard Church of Waterville could be caricatured. Check out this 5 minute VCW 3rd Birthday video and see if you agree.

Is my first name now “pastor”?

Those who’ve been to our church know that I’m not hung up on being called “Pastor” or “Pastor Marc.”

I usually say that I don’t call you by your gifting: “hi Intercessor Joe” or “Hey there Mercy Sue.” So why would I expect you to call me “Pastor Marc” any more than I’d expect to be called “Leadership Marc,” “Giving Marc,” or even “Tongues Marc.” (Don’t even get me started with “evangelist” or “prophet”!)

Reading Todd Bolen’s blog today, I remembered an interesting biblical passage that always caught my attention. I even got into an altercation with Father Fred in high school over this. (I was picking theological fights even back then. What a nerd-y thing to do!)

The passage is Mt 23:8-12 (TNIV):

8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Read Todd’s thoughts here.

Feel free to post your comments to this. I’d love to know what you think.