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Feature Friday (02/15/19)

“That was a bad decision.” I have said those words far too often in my life. As a boy, I said it after thinking I could be the one to dive closest to the wall of the pool, only to find out the wall was closer than I thought. A bloody head and a few stitches later…” that was a bad decision”. As a teenager, I said it after thinking I could take a corner on a backroad in winter faster than the speed limit. After sending a mailbox 50 yards down the road and coming to a stop…” that was a bad decision”. But making a bad decision has not only been relegated to my younger years.

As an adult, I have had plenty of days when I have had to admit to myself and others, “that was a bad decision”. I have had to do it in marriage, fatherhood, and leadership. It is never a fun realization or conversation, but I have tried to say it less and less because I am trying to make fewer and fewer bad decisions. I think anyone readily admits this and every leader desires it.

That is why I loved Aaron Buer’s article “4 Tools for Better Ministry Decisions“. While Aaron writes primarily to a church leader audience, the tools he lists are useful for anyone and everyone. These tools will help you make better decisions as a spouse, parent, co-worker, employee, manager, and leader.

I hope you enjoy the article, put one of these tools into practice and as always enjoy the Lord’s day with the Lord’s people.

Photo by Francisco Gonzalez on Unsplash

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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!

Getting Outside of Me

More Important than Getting Things Done

Donny. Just another name, another face, another person in the endless sea of faces (as the band Kutless once put it in a song title) someone may interact with everyday. However, Donny taught Tony Anderson an important lesson; a lesson I believe every human being needs a reminder of daily. But also a lesson every believer in Jesus Christ needs challenged with and encouraged with. In a world full of getting things done, checking things off of to do lists, and getting to the top of our dreams, Donny is a much needed rebuke and reminder. This video speaks volumes about relationships and the importance of them. But even greater this video speaks volumes about a a lifestyle of discipleship the church needs to be focused on. Who helps you get outside of yourself?

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