As we get closer to the last page of the chapter that is entitled, 2020, you may be feeling discouragement, exhaustion, and you may even feel a little at a loss when you think about what to prioritize in 2021. You may even be at a point where you feel like you don’t have enough energy
I didn’t realize what I had started on the second Sunday of 2019. I had heard in passing about a church that read the same verse at the end of their worship service for an entire year. At the time, it sounded like a good idea. The idea that there would be a consistent message
You’re so anxious to get 2020 over with. I get it. I feel that too. It would be amazing if somebody returned everything to some semblance of normalcy right about now, wouldn’t it? Sitting here in December 2020 at the end of a long year, it’s tempting to paint 2021 as a relief to all our problems.
It is likely that you have heard or been involved with a situation that escalated to a place it had no place being at in the first place. The situation had no eternal impact, but it quickly became the focal point of your church. Despite your efforts, these moments kill momentum and church-wide unity. If
I check my social media accounts often. I check them on my laptop, my phone, and even my watch. I check in on my friends and strangers everyday. There they are with their new recipe for spinach artichoke dip, vacation pictures, and smiling kids who won the spelling bee. I like social media, but I
Managing church finances is a huge deal. People have given their hard earned money to the church so that more people can hear the most amazing story ever told. So for those of us who manage those resources to best tell that story, it’s a huge deal that we get it right. It’s up to
Ministry is about people. Therefore, ministry leaders have many important conversations and meetings.As a busy church worker, you need to make the most of every meeting and conversation that you have. Just think of all the meetings that you have each month. Team planning meetingsTalking with volunteersBoard meetingsStaff meetingsAnnual performance reviewsCoaching talksCounseling sessionsHiring someoneFiring someone
Everybody learns differently including the members of your congregation. Some learn with the sound of a voice, while others need something visual to connect the dots. Do not miss this: God’s Word should be front and center during a sermon. A well placed graphic design or sermon PowerPoint can fuel God’s word in the life
When I first started out, all I wanted to do was run a console. I wanted to program the cool lights or push the faders up on the sound board and make it sound awesome. But the guys I worked with always sent me to clean and rebuild lights, or pull cable or setup microphones.
As I ended my first discussion on “The Right Way to Leave” I said, “Ministry transitions can be filled with grace for everyone involved when handled with care and prayer.” In the course of writing that former post, it became clear that I had more to say on how not to leave your pastorate. If you are not