How to Manage Your Day to be More Productive in Ministry

How to Manage Your Day to be More Productive in Ministry

If you’re anything like me, then you are very busy. Let’s be honest. Right now there’s just more things to do than time to do them in. There’s a lot of talk about how our lives are a lot busier than ever before. I honestly don’t think this is true. I think we were just as busy back in the settler days. The difference is the amount of individual tasks we have now. The things we did before took up our entire day. Individual tasks took a lot longer, so that meant consequently we could do fewer of... Read More
Setting Up Your Year for Success

Setting Up Your Year for Success

So, you’re coming at 2018 like Rocky—theme music playing, jogging along with determination, and punching purposefully at the air. Bring it on, January! But wait, you may be motivated, but are you prepared? Meaning, have you set yourself up for success, or are you relying on that new workout gear or laptop to do the job for you? Mindset Every champion begins their journey to success with the right mindset. Your triumphs are as much, or more, internal than they are external. You can achieve... Read More
4 Ways to Win the Week Between Christmas and New Year’s

4 Ways to Win the Week Between Christmas and New Year’s

For weeks and weeks, we prepare for the big day. With anticipation, excitement, and a bit of stress—we make plans at home and at church, and hustle until it all comes together. And than in a matter of 24 crazy hours, it’s all past. There are probably still remnants of Christmas reminders—candle wax in the carpet, shreds of wrapping paper in the living room, and classrooms still decorated with trees and gifts. In the midst of the exhaustion, mess, and hint of relief—what happens in those... Read More
Using the Week Gap Between Christmas and New Year’s to Plan Ahead

Using the Week Gap Between Christmas and New Year’s to Plan Ahead

You’ve almost made it through Christmas. All of your planning and hard work are shaping up to be another successful holiday season at your church. At this point in December, you may be looking at next week as an opportunity to sleep late and binge-watch Netflix. As tempting as that may be, the down week between Christmas and New Year’s is probably the best chance you have to get ahead for next year. Use this time wisely. Rest While you probably shouldn’t go into full hibernation mode, rest is... Read More
Goals Are Good, Initiatives Are Better

Goals Are Good, Initiatives Are Better

The goal was clear. There was one objective, stop the soccer ball. With both goalies injured, and only minutes left in the game, I found myself shifted from my regular position as midfielder to goalie. The other team was set up for a penalty kick. If the ball went in, we lost. If I could stop it, play would continue. (An important side note, I had zero experience as goalie.) As the opposing team’s best player walked out on the field and all eyes in the stadium were on us, the referee blew his... Read More