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mjkimpan  —  March 28, 2014 — 4 Comments


‘I think that we all need to start with grace and compassion. Set the issues, beliefs and convictions aside and let’s see one another as we truly are : God’s children in need of His grace. I believe the church and other Christian ministries and organizations like World Vision are being robbed of the incredible contributions that LGBT people can make. There are so many incredible gifts, talents and abilities that were God-given that are being unused and de-valued because of the labels we place on one another.’

see more of my conversation with my friend tim schraeder on why he decided to come out as a gay christian here.


mjkimpan  —  September 22, 2011 — 27 Comments

the following is a follow-up response to the many comments my anti-gay? post generated on tony campolo’s red letter christians site.  you can also read the comments and my response here.

To be sure, this is a difficult topic to address.  Relations between the evangelical and LGBT communities tend to bring out strong emotions and deep conviction, as evidenced by the myriad of comments this post (and countless others on the topic) has generated.  It’d be easier to come down on one ‘side’ or the other – to make this a black/white, us/them, good/bad conversation.

It isn’t. Continue Reading…


mjkimpan  —  August 29, 2011 — 36 Comments

at the 2010 willow creek annual global leadership summit, bill hybels made a simple yet profound point – when you’re leading people, you’re taking them ‘from here, to there.’

and in order to get people to move from here, he said, you’ve got to show them what’s wrong with the status quo.

people won’t willingly change what is both comfortable and acceptable.

change is always, always uncomfortable; therefore, maintaining the status quo will always be more comfortable than changing it.

if that is true, then real leadership both requires and demands the ability to communicate that here – the status quo – is unacceptable – and offer an alternative : there Continue Reading…


mjkimpan  —  August 24, 2011 — 19 Comments

i was sitting at the edge of my seat, anxiously waiting for hybels to make his announcement.  as a former starbucks partner (the internal terminology used for employees) and manager, the cancellation of howard schultz at the willow creek annual global leadership summit was particularly disappointing.

i’ve had the privilege of meeting and speaking with howard on more than one occasion, sharing cocktails and conversation with him and other senior leaders during the starbucks leadership conference in NOLA; and again had the opportunity to rub shoulders with the business legend (who is really more like an iconic company rock star), during a closed session for selected managers in our region prior to the company launching their version of instant coffee called VIA  in chicago – a bold move for a respected coffee company.

VIA ultimately led to me being fired from starbucks…but that’s another story, for another time.

howard and his leadership team had, as hybels put it, ‘a tough decision to make.’  and though i haven’t agreed with every decision the senior leaders at starbucks coffee company have made (which, by the way, includes my being fired), i do respect their leadership and think we have much to learn from them.

i was looking forward to howard speaking at the conference, and was disappointed to hear news that he had cancelled.  even more frustrating was the reason why. Continue Reading…


mjkimpan  —  August 16, 2011 — 20 Comments

the following are some highlights from the willow creek annual global leadership summit, each in 140 characters or less…

bill hybels :

‘leaders need to be incredible and insatiable learners.’

‘churches are supposed to transform prejudiced people into radically inclusive people.’

‘we (leaders) are subtly addicted to the narcotic of growth and success.’

cory booker :

‘the world you see ‘outside’ is simply a reflection of what you have inside of you.”

‘who you ARE speaks so loudly i can’t hear one thing you say.’

‘why did tiger and eyesore have their heads in a toilet?  because they were looking for pooh!’

‘do… sumpin’.’ Continue Reading…