Michael was the first Canadian Coach of the Year and a Rhodes Scholar. He’s written a number of books, the best known of which are Do More Great Work and the philanthropic project End Malaria, and created a series of short internet videos, such as The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun (there’s that topic of play again!).
We asked Michael, “What is one thing you’d love to see the church tackle? Where do you see pastors missing the mark?”
Michael wrote back: I’m an atheist, but went to a C of E (Church of England) school in Australia. My experience of going to a service on the rare occasions that I do is one of bemused confusion. There often feels like a lot of unconscious mind activity going on, and not much conscious engagement. I’d be curious to know what’s at the essence of what [a churchgoing experience] should be, and what that means then in terms of different ways and means of bringing it to the world.
Always the coach, Michael proposed these questions for us:
What’s non-negotiable about what you do and how you do it?
What rules can be broken?
Thanks for your contribution, Michael!