“Season” Can Be A Four-Letter Word

“Season” Can Be A Four-Letter Word

by Joe McAlpine It is 5 p.m. on a Friday night in December. The kids have finally decompressed from a long week at school and the fallout from the backpack emptying ritual has finally settled—I still don’t know why the school needs to send so much paperwork home. I am walking through the door after planning for the upcoming weekend services. My wife is fried from laundry, cooking, cleaning and all the other household duties that seem to never stop. We are finally ready to just kick back and be... Read More
How To Strengthen Weaknesses Through Team Effort

How To Strengthen Weaknesses Through Team Effort

by Amy Fenton T.E.A.M. I feel like cheering when I type that word. I love a good team and I have been so blessed to serve with some of the best. I am terrible with details. I know I should be bothered with them, but I am not. That is why I had Janeane on my team. She lived for the details. Thank goodness! When I didn’t care about collecting data on families, she got every last name and number. When I didn’t see why a deadline was that important, she gently reminded me to get it done. She... Read More
Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung, Part 5

Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung, Part 5

by Daron Dickens Many years ago I read the book, Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. It changed my life. If you haven’t read it, then once you have finished Crazy Busy, go straight to read it; do not pass “Go.” Much like with Crazy Busy, it was amazing how this book uncovered all the things that I was struggling with and had no idea why. It also provided practical information to help me move from where I was to where I wanted to be. Over the years, I have shared this book with... Read More
3 Social Media Boundary Suggestions

3 Social Media Boundary Suggestions

by Lauren Hunter If you haven’t discovered this fact already, you will soon: Social media can consume you. Personally, it takes so much more discipline these days for me to stay focused on projects that don’t include social media (like writing or strategic planning). I find myself looking for distractions like articles to retweet on Twitter, or paying too much attention to my messages (on my smart phone, inbox,TweetDeck, Facebook). Now don’t get me wrong, I see the value in using social media... Read More