Your Mission Begins With You

Your Mission Begins With You

Take a minute to think about the mission of your ministry. You can most likely tell me in less than a minute what your mission is and what your vision is. It’s important to you. It’s why you do everything that you do. Now take a minute to think about the people around you. Your staff, your volunteers, and your leaders. What do their daily interactions show you? Are they tired? Burned out? Stressed? Exhausted? Can you remember the last time they took some time off? Now ask those same questions... Read More
The One Thing You Need To Prioritize This Year

The One Thing You Need To Prioritize This Year

by Joy Bowen Everyone is talking about the progress they’re making on their New Year’s resolutions and here you are—in the middle of your “ministry year,” just holding on for dear life . . . or for summer when things settle down a little. (Or do they? Isn’t that the crazy, busy season filled with camps and all things to reach kids when they aren’t in school all day?) Exhausted. Frustrated. Discouraged. Burned out. If you’re not feeling these yet, you will at some point in your ministry... Read More
Doing A Lot vs Doing The Right Things

Doing A Lot vs Doing The Right Things

I’m sitting in the midst of boxes this morning. Boxes full of Christmas decorations waiting to be put back in storage, and boxes of new desks and bookshelves from Ikea. One hour in that place and I believe that this is the year everything will be organized, streamlined, and clutter free! I believe. Add in that everywhere you look on social media, someone is sharing their tips and tricks for starting the New Year off right. It’s that time of year. We all want to be better, and it really is a... Read More
Help For Fighting Holiday Overwhelm

Help For Fighting Holiday Overwhelm

by Ron Brooks Summer came and went for another year. It wasn’t easy, but you survived the back to school kick-off season. Then came the Halloween costumes. You were either sewing ears to hoodies and finding the perfect color face paint, or running store-to-store hoping to find that last pair of Yoda ears or light saber to make “Luke Skywalker” the true Jedi that he is. No sooner had Halloween passed, and the store shelves were quickly filled with turkey window clings and... Read More
“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