Atlanta Decatur Oxford District

M Lab

Quincy Brown


 3D Journey Do you remember Science Lab experiments from high school? I do, and I hated it. I wasn't a very hands-on student nor was I a fan of the teacher. Well, more specifically, I wasn’t a fan of my chemistry teacher who made a Gentlemen’s Agreement with me at the end of the course. He quipped: "If I give you a C in the chemistry lab, would you promise me that will NOT take another science class for the remainder of your high school experience?"   Knowing that I only needed ...

What Story is Driving You?

Quincy Brown


For the past several months, I've spent a lot of time walking pastors, friends, and church leaders through the process of change and transition. It's taken me some time to get a handle on a process, and it's still a work in progress, as I've made some missteps along the way, but I've come to realize the importance of going slow to go fast in helping congregation walk through the wilderness of change.   Sounds simple enough, right? But it isn’t. It ranks as number three on the hardest thing ...

Cracking the Code

Quincy Brown


What do a small yellow sign with black lettering and an arrow and the phrase “beef not got bone, dog not got business” have in common? If you answered nothing, you would be wrong. Let me explain. On first glance, it’s true that the sign and phrase are nothing alike. But what if I told you they there were both codes for people in the know. Then what they have in common is that they both need to be decoded.   Signs like the one pictured above may be familiar to you, especially if you live or work...

90-Days Until Christmas

Quincy Brown


90-Days Until Christmas I couldn’t believe my eyes! The dashboard thermometer display in my car registered 90 degrees. I checked to make sure that I was still in Covington, GA and not the North Pole. And yet all that I could see was snow on the ground. There was only one conclusion: Christmas has come early to Covington! Fortunately, a few days later, all the snow had vanished. Then it dawned on me; they're filming another movie in Covington!   Living up to its nickname "The Hollywood of the ...

DNA, Culture and Values

Quincy Brown


Have you ever hit a wall of resistance with a new idea for a ministry? Whether you're a new pastor to your congregation, have served for a few years, or you've been an active member for a long time, resistance to new approaches are often met with, "We've never done it that way before!”   What's going on when you encounter resistance to a new idea, is that you bumped up against a church value. Values make your church’s DNA or culture what it is. Our DNA is what carries the instructions to your ...

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Quincy Brown


There once was a speedy hare that bragged about how fast he could run.  Tired of hearing him boast, Slow and Steady, the tortoise, challenged him to a race.  All the animals in the forest gathered to watch. Hare ran down the road for a while and then paused to rest.  He looked back at Slow and Steady and cried out, “How do you expect to win this race when you are walking along at your slow, slow pace?” Hare stretched himself out alongside the road and fell asleep, thinking, “There is plenty of ...

Grits and Grace for the Journey

Quincy Brown


Once a month, when I attend cabinet meetings at the Conference Office, several of the cabinet members have breakfast at Waffle House.  Our monthly Waffle House breakfast is something that I look forward to attending. For many, Waffle House is comfort breakfast food. For me, it reminds me of my Daddy who loved Waffle House!    Before he had severe health challenges and confined to a nursing home, he went there every day.  He was a local celebrity to the Waffle House and had his booth and his ...

The Shape of the River

Quincy Brown


  A longtime colleague of mine frequently reminds me of a reflection on leadership that impacted him when he first heard it nearly 20 years ago.  I’m grateful to John for keeping the message in front of me since I’m prone to forgetting letters over the years. Here’s what influenced John.   In Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain reports the navigational instructions he received from an experienced Mississippi riverboat captain.  The captain explained that the look of the river constantly changes...

Culture Eats Strategy

Quincy Brown


Culture Eats Strategy Have you heard the phrase “culture eats strategy for breakfast?” It’s the phrase that allegedly originated with management guru Peter Drucker. Mark Fields, who later became President of Ford Motor Company, made the phrase famous in 2006. While there’s an ongoing debate about whether Drucker ever really said the sentence, it's accurate that culture is typically dominant than any strategy. The importance of culture holds true for the church too.   Last Monday, when ...

A Path For The Church

Quincy Brown


Do you remember the game Candy Land? If you’re not familiar with the iconic board game, please click here. The game is a pathway through gumdrops, lollipops, ice cream, and gingerbread. Woven around players finding King Kandy, the lost king of Candy Land, its creator Eleanor Abbott, who was recovering from polio, designed for the game kids suffering from the disease to enjoy.   At the suggestion of the children, Eleanor submitted the game to Milton Bradley, who purchased it in 1949. The game ...

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