Manage Your Time for Maximum Impact in 2018

Manage Your Time for Maximum Impact in 2018

“Mom, where’s my pink ballet tights and my new black leotard? I need to pack them in my dance bag.” “Honey, have you picked up the food for small group? Remember, we’re hosting at our house this week.” “Mom, my girlfriend sprained her ankle. I feel bad she has to ride the bus with crutches. Could you pick us both up from the car rider line for the next two weeks?” “Hey Jess, I’m experiencing tension with a few volunteers. What advice would you offer?” “Mrs. Bealer, as the community service... Read More
Finding Time to Learn by Using the 5-Hour Rule

Finding Time to Learn by Using the 5-Hour Rule

Working in ministry can be a grind. Don’t get me wrong. I love it. But, we all know it can be challenging. It is also something that never really ends. That’s why it’s important for us to establish boundaries, patterns, and rhythms that will help us achieve longevity in ministry. One of the challenges in ministry is adapting to change. Things are changing all the time. The kids we serve get older. The communities we serve get more diverse. The families we meet are all unique. The people we... Read More
Maximize Your Time With These Simple Tips

Maximize Your Time With These Simple Tips

Depending on your personality, the word structure may fill you with elation or dread. For the latter, just take the Pirates of the Caribbean approach and consider it a “guideline.” We all know the pressure of being pulled in a million directions on a daily basis. It’s probably not uncommon for you to reach the end of a work day, and ask yourself what you actually accomplished. Sadly, too many of our days pass this way while the work load only seems to increase. But there is an approach you can... Read More
Using Your Summer To Gear Up For The Fall

Using Your Summer To Gear Up For The Fall

Where did this year go? It seems like just yesterday we were talking about gearing up for the new year, then we were getting a jump on Easter, now it’s come and gone and we’re about to start Summer. With camps, VBS and mission trips all planned, now is the time to use the rest of your summer to plan for the rest of the year. If you’ve read my book “Beat The Clock” or any of my other articles on time management here on the Orange Leader’s Blog, you’ve heard me say there are just four steps to... Read More
3 Lies I Tell Myself

3 Lies I Tell Myself

As a sermon illustration, I once preached from a ladder. But I didn’t just sit on one of the lower rungs. No, I preached for half an hour from the top step of a 16-foot ladder. The one that reads “Caution: This is not a step!” I thought it was a brilliant way to engage the audience. I didn’t realize it would serve as nothing more than the worst possible distraction. No one heard a word I said because they were afraid I was going to fall. I wasn’t worried or nervous. I have really good... Read More