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Feature Friday 08/18/17

There was water everywhere! All over the floor, the walls, even the ceiling had some droplets hanging tight on it. I knew where the water had come from, where it would eventually end up at, and why it was important to get it cleaned up and cleaned up fast. But the most important question in my head and on my heart at the point, was how? How am I going to get all this water cleaned up? How am I going to keep it from flowing into the hallway? How am I going to get it off the ceiling?

The point of all of these questions was not about results, it was about process. It was about method. It was about heart. This is the same thing all leaders must face at some point. Which is more important: results or heart? Is the most important thing to get results? Or is the attitude and posture of my heart of utmost importance? While most leaders know and give lip service to heart being the most important still results seem to threaten it everyday. This is why Aaron Buer’s article “The Biggest Threat to Being a Great Ministry Leader” is such a vital role for any leader at any level.

Enjoy the article, and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s Day!

*Photo by Luis Tosta on Unsplash

Feature Friday (08/11/17)

She was crying uncontrollably and I did not know what to do. Should I hug her in an attempt to comfort her? Would it be better to take her around the corner and then begin a conversation about what is going? Is the best option to find a woman leader to come over and begin to engage this female student? I found myself in an uncomfortable position with little to no confidence of what to do.

As a young student ministry intern, this was a situation I hoped was rare. But now as a more experienced student ministries pastor, I understand how common this type of circumstance is. While engaging a problem child is one thing, empathizing with a crying student is another. So how can we as parents, pastors, co-workers, neighbors, and even friends empathize with people around us who are hurting? Brene Brown has a great video clip on Empathy. It is well worth your 3 minutes and it may save you a friendship, relationship, and influence later. Check it out here.

Enjoy and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

Feature Friday (8/4/17)

There is always one. All the other children were listening just fine. They had taken their seats on the floor and were ready for the upcoming lesson. It was that time of the children’s program for the kids to settle down, listen up, and enjoy a great story telling video and lesson. However, there was the one.

When asked where he wanted to sit his reply was, “I don’t want to sit down”. When told he needed to sit his simple and loud response was, “No”. When the adult leader finally got him to sit down, all he did was make noises and bother the other kids attempting to listen to the story. Ever have this issue?

So what can we do to Engage a ‘Problem’ Child? In this video, Bruce Linton (who has been in children’s ministry for over 20 years) shares a few tips and one personal story to encourage all of us to engage that problem child. Check out the video here and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (7/28/17)

It was a late Saturday night. The kids were up 3 times through the evening. And the alarm clock went off at 6:30am. What should be a most relaxing and exciting morning, had shaped up to be the most exhausting night and morning of the entire week. It was Sunday and that meant no sleeping in, no procrastinating getting out of bed, and certainly no lazy morning. But sometimes, even as a pastor, I have to ask, is it worth the lack of rest and hurried mornings for my kids and I to be in church?

To answer this question is Jenny Funderburke steps in with an convicting and encouraging article. Her 5 Reasons Your Kid Should Be in Church are great reminders and hope filled encouragements for all of us, but especially those with children asking questions like: “is it worth the fight?” “is it worth the effort?” “will it be worth it in the long run?” Jenny answers all of those questions with a resounding yes in the article.

Enjoy and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

Feature Friday (07/21/17)

I had plugged my phone into the charger about an hour earlier and headed back downstairs to continue playing with the kids. When I came back to check on my phone’s battery status as well as receive any messages I may had missed, I realized a grave mistake I had made. While I had plugged the charger into the phone, I had made the assumption that the charger was connected to the power outlet. Needless to say, I was poorly disappointed when I found out my phone had not charged at all in the last hour because I was disconnected.

As we saw last week, disconnecting can be good, rejuvenating, and probably much more needed in today’s “connected” world than every before. However, the reality is if we disconnect from relationship, people, and community bad things can and do happen. So how can church leaders and Christ followers stay connected during the summer months of disconnection?

Thankfully, Brady Shearer and the team over at Pro Church Tools have provided a really awesome guide to stay connected. In their post they give 7 Social Media Templates for Churches. These are awesome ways to stay connected as a church family while everyone gets a little disconnection to rejuvenate during summer months.

Enjoy the templates and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (7/14/17)

Vacation! Having just enjoyed our annual week of family vacation let me tell you; sometimes it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. The kids still wake up early in the morning like they always do. They actually wake up more at night because of it being a new environment. Our daily routine is out of whack, which for the first few days of vacation can be irritating. And then there is the ever intruding work stuff that somehow follows me on vacation.

Whatever happen to time with family? Time with friends. Time at the beach or in the woods. Time to rest. Time to relax. Whatever happened to a real, genuine vacation? While I could get irritated, upset, even angry at others, work, and the weather, truth is most of the time I am to blame. Reality is: when I don’t relax, rest, and rejuvenate on vacation it’s mostly my fault. So what can I do about it?

Tommy Bowman steps in to help us out. In this week’s article he addresses 4 Ways You Aren’t Disconnecting on Vacation. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day and check out the tips for a better vacation.

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