We miss transformation because we avoid pain. We set up our lives to prevent any kind of pain, struggle or suffering. We insulate, protect, deny, rationalise, and even theologically spin pain into something our brains won’t mind thinking about. 

1 David Murray’s great blog article: Ten cures for over-promising! Remember over-deliver.
2 David Hieatt’s brilliance on insane deadlines and the value they bring. Always great.
3 Pastoral burn out, and four-shifts in this all. Rick Warren’s take on this. 
4 Dodd’s ten phrases for dying churches. Challenging stuff.
5 The seven people on your team that well……are killing you! You know.