leadership

September 19, 2014

It’s Time For A Hearing Check-up

By |September 19th, 2014|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

There are times when God calls us to set aside what we’re doing and shut down from distractions, so that we can focus on listening to what He is saying. Sometimes, he pulls us aside as individuals, and at other times, there is a corporate call for reflection and diligent listening to gain strategy for what lies ahead. Spiritual hearing is so important to Him, that He established special times in the yearly calendar so that the people could stop what they were doing, get back on track and move forward in His blessing. One such time is The Feast [...]

August 29, 2014

when you feel small…

By |August 29th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This week kicked off going back to school in Texas (and all of the parents shout a hearty HALLELUJAH!)  Going back to school is really exciting, but it’s also really chaotic if your child is in elementary school. This is totally the fault of the parents. The first day of school is the one day of the year that parents show up, cameras ready, to capture the memory of children in their new, first-day-of-school outfit complete with matching backpack/lunch box ensemble. We get photos at home, in front of the school, in the classroom, at their desk and with their [...]

Do People Like Me Do Something Like This?

By |August 1st, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly using this question as a lens to evaluate the world we live in. Everything from products to social movements rises and falls on this question. Do people like me use this? Do people like me go there? What do people like me believe about this idea? We may not want to admit it, but subconsciously, we like to flow with the herd. It makes life easier. A filter helps when I am being bombarded with choices. There's also a security in knowing that my friends, or the people I want to [...]

July 25, 2014

What Makes Us Different?

By |July 25th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’ve been thinking a lot about this question. There’s been a lot of discussion in recent years about advancing the Kingdom of God into the main culture systems of society.  We know it won’t be the work of a few charismatic leaders. Instead, it will be led organically by a tribe of people who shake off their limitations to partner with God’s vision. So, we know this is what wants us to be doing...we're just trying to figure out how to do it. How do we shift culture back to Kingdom principles? How do we leverage influence in order to [...]

Are You Willing To Wear Your Crazy Hat?

By |July 18th, 2014|Categories: Creativity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Last week, my daughter went to Camp Invention. It’s a great program put on by the National Inventors Hall of Fame that gives kids an opportunity to develop their creativity as they try their hand at prototyping their own inventions. On one of the days, the kids were supposed to wear a crazy hat.  My daughter worked hard on designing her own hat and she was really excited about what she had created…until the next day.  When we got to the camp, I could see she was hesitant to wear her hat. At the check in, the teacher wanted to [...]

Fat Or Fight: It’s Time To Choose

By |July 11th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have had a problem with obesity for most of my life, although I didn’t know it. Since I was nine years old, I have been consuming a lot. I consume when I feel bad about myself and when I am worried about my family. I also consume simply because it feels good.  I've tried to do something about it, but just when I get moving, something seems to happen that gets my focus back on consuming. I didn’t think I had a problem. I didn’t notice it was happening.  Until, one day…I looked in the mirror and I didn’t [...]

June 26, 2014

There’s A Heavy Price To Hesitation

By |June 26th, 2014|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , |

One of the things that I keep hearing is that the next two years are going to be filled with dramatic changes – both internally and externally.  The idea of change can be exciting – as long as it remains an idea.  That’s why movies and self-help books are so popular.  We like to visualize a better life.   Doing the work to get there, well… The idea of change is great… The other side of change is great… The process of change… not so much. The truth is, nobody likes having to change.  I mentioned in a recent post [...]

Eye of the tiger, baby…

By |June 19th, 2014|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , |

Have you ever had a fear that seemed to define you? Over the past week, we have been dealing with this kind of fear in the Ozment household. About a week ago, my daughter was suddenly struck with a fear of something being in her room when she was going to bed. I tried everything… music, lights on, doors closed, doors opened. There has been a lot of tears, hugs, reassurances, frustration, more tears, guilt, stress and repentance...mostly on my part. Just like that, everything that defined her was lost in the reality of the fear that she was facing [...]

May 19, 2014

Who Wants To Go First?

By |May 19th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

That’s a loaded question. It really depends on what you’re talking about, doesn’t it? I mean, if you’re asking about being first in the line for the restroom after drinking three diet cokes (please, for the sake of us all!), or being chosen first when they were picking teams in grade school, then count me in. But if you’re talking about the first to give the big presentation, or first in line for getting your wisdom teeth removed, there probably won't be as much jockeying for the front of the line. Dancing with uncertainty: Going first isn’t always an easy [...]

April 7, 2014

Want To Change Culture? Start With Your Kids

By |April 7th, 2014|Categories: Family|Tags: , , , , , , |

Understanding Family History Creates Strong Cultural Identity We talk a lot about changing culture at Vanguard Creative, because we believe that vanguards ought to be cultural influencers.  That doesn’t mean thumping your Bible or legislating morality.  I think we have proven that those tactics don’t work.    Cultural influence is about being a person that others want to emulate.  It's about changing current structures to reflect God's values so that His blessings can be released.  We don't want to beat people over the head with our religiosity.  Instead, we want them to be so taken with what is [...]