@kahugary KahuGary ← Empowering & Releasing Emerging Leaders

Read the fine print

The AMEX Delta SkyMiles fiasco It has been a frustrating couple of days. I thought I had a plan — a great plan — for saving money, but, alas, I apparently didn’t read the fine print. Pull up a comfy chair, refresh your beverage (a little Chick-Fil-A lingo for ya) and listen to my tale ...

Pastor’s Appreciation

October is celebrated as Pastors Appreciation month in many churches, and at Reunion Hawaii the church did an amazing job of showing love and appreciation to me, as lead pastor, and to the entire incredible team of pastors at Reunion. (Thank you, Michelle Kila, for taking the lead.) Now let me celebrate Pastor’s Appreciation: • ...

(some) men are pigs

As a card carrying man, I tend to defend the male gender against undue criticism and emasculating attacks. Guys often get a raw deal. Manliness is not in vogue in some circles, and, starting in pre-school, every attempt is made to feminize little boys or medicate the maleness out of their behavior. It’s sad, really, ...

I miss the 60s liberals

I am a child of the 60s. The last half of that decade was my high school years. It was a tumultuous time of social upheaval and change, and was both confusing and exciting for those of us who lived through it. Even back then, pre-internet, I was a bit of a news junkie who ...

Testimony: the power of social media

Testimony: the power of social media
Now and then someone will say to me — often with an undertone of disapproval or condescension — “I see you’re on FaceBook a lot. I just don’t have time for all that, myself.” The implication is, of course, that they are more focused, more serious, and more productive than I am and that I ...

“Hey, I’m not perfect!”

I’m in heavy academic mode this week, reading, reading, reading… I stumbled across an article in my reading that deals with something all of us hear all the time: “Hey, I’m not perfect” (I have semi-quoted Darlene Ouimet’s article below, with a few edits.   What do people mean when they declare in an exasperated ...

Yes, it IS personal.

I know it is selfish, and not pretty, but it is true. When people leave a church pastors take it personally. It’s really hard not to. Regardless of the stated reasons people give for moving on — and they are remarkably creative — the pastor takes it personally. You’ve just told him his baby is ...

Earth Day’s Pentecostal Origins

I visited a really great mega-church in a major city. I enjoyed it a lot, actually, despite some of my personal reservations about mega-churches in general. It was a warm summer night, a mid-week service packed with more than 2,000 people and afterward they announced water baptism in a cluster of large above ground pools ...

Launch right, not right now.

Launch right, not right now. Patience is a virtue (most of us lack). We get a an idea, sometimes a great idea, and want to run with it right away. We might not have a plan, or a budget, or the right people, and the timing is bad… but it’s such a GREAT IDEA, so ...

Don’t use people to build the church

Don’t use people to build the church; use the church to build people. Churches depend upon volunteers — lots of them — bringing their talents, skills and experience together to serve one another and bless the surrounding community. There is always a synergy that takes place when talented people come together with a common purpose, ...