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Dilbert on Leading by Example

Sometimes…the truth hurts and you have to laugh.

leading by example

Top 10 Reasons Leprechauns Rarely Join a Small Group

Today bein’ St. Patrick’s Day ‘n all, I thought it might be somthin’ fine to talk about some of the reasons Leprechauns rarely join a small group.

  1. Who really wants to share the pot of gold?  Very few leprechauns are others-centered.
  2. Much too busy.  Most leprechauns spend all of their time making shoes.  What leprechaun actually has the time to hang out on a regular basis?
  3. Lucky Charms may be magically delicious, but they’re almost never the snack of choice in a small group.
  4. One exception to the rule seems to be found in Darby O’Gill and the Little People (although the leprechaun king’s group was really more of a mid-size group).
  5. Leprechauns are very picky about who they will hang out with.  Everyone knows that a leprechaun would rather climb a tree than spend time with strangers.  See also, The Leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama.  HT Huffington Post.
  6. Apparently when leprechaun’s are interested in a small group they will only join a men’s small group…since there are no female leprechauns.  The one exception is when Jennifer Aniston is the leader of a co-ed group.  See also, Jennifer Aniston’s Big Screen Debut.
  7. It ain’t easy being a Notre Dame fan.  Just imagine being the mascot!
  8. They know we’ve all had it up to here with practical jokers.  Although many of us enjoy playing practical jokes…few of us enjoy having them played on us.  It’s hard to build true community when your car is not where you left it every time your group meets.
  9. Turns out a leprechaun’s greatest fear isn’t public speaking.  It’s being held captive…in your living room!

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Dilbert on Hiring the Right People

Sometimes you just have to laugh.  Or you need to laugh.  Either way…this is a funny one.

mental problems

Top 10 Signs It’s Time to Abandon Your Small Group Strategy

Although you never want to give up prematurely…there are signs that it’s time to throw in the towel.  Let’s just say if very many of these happen…it might be a sign:

  1. Your capital campaign reaches the hallelujah goal and you can finally build the Taj Mahal of adult education space with a lifetime supply of rows!
  2. You have a recurring dream of napping in a row in theater style chairs with headrests and cup holders.
  3. You discover that 2% of the grab-and-go hosts really were ax murderers.
  4. Your end of the year host survey revealed that 2013′s most popular small group study was The Secret.
  5. The preferred future your senior pastor casts vision for sounds suspiciously like a smaller version of the weekend service.
  6. You can’t find enough Bible school graduates who are church members, will commit to your monthly three hour leader’s meeting and give at a tithing level to meet the need for group leaders!
  7. Your end of the year evaluation of your coaching structure reveals that being an elder may not qualify you to be a coach.
  8. In a stunning development, flannelgraphs are the surprise comeback media hit of the year!
  9. The follow up to Willow Creek’s Reveal study demonstrates conclusively that the optimal environment for life-change is a row!
  10. It turns out that better fill-in-the-blank workbooks are the secret key to making disciples who make disciples.

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Dilbert on Offering Constructive Criticism

It sounded good at the leadership development seminar…

criticize behavior not person

Dilbert on Being Wise as a Serpent

Sometimes you need to be wise as a serpent…in order to get your way:

wise as serpents

Small Group Nightmare from Day One Productions

Sometimes you just need a really good way to promote the value of community.  Here’s a great one from Day One Productions.  Small Group Nightmare is available at Worship House Media.

Can’t see the video? You can watch it right here.

Dilbert on Hard Realities

Sometimes you need a laugh. And sometimes the truth hurts…really hurts.
your boss was saying the same thing

Dilbert on the Benefit of Meetings

Sometimes it’s too close to the truth…but you still need to laugh:

50 percent more meetings

Dilbert on Problem Solving

I’ve said for years that since there is no problem free, wise leaders simply choose the set of problems they’d rather have.  Dilbert has figured out an ingenious way to eliminate certain possible solutions.
eliminate the choices idiots make

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