IGNITE YOUR ROUTINE TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE

I’m switching gears again.  After being in a productive schedule groove for several weeks, routine changes, traveling, and a packed schedule knocked me off-kilter. Though it was all great stuff that I wouldn’t have missed, a packed schedule changes a person’s daily routine drastically. Here’s what helped me get back in the saddle. Don’t Stress … Read more

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR MINISTRY LEADERS IN THEIR FORTIES

Pastors and Ministry Leaders come in all ages. Each age group brings a unique perspective. I met with a 20-something pastor this week and heard great, enthusiastic stories about ministry, leadership, dreams, and potential. Last month, I had lunch with an 80-year-old pastor who is still serving and preaching. His conversation was filled with wisdom, … Read more

IF YOU WAIT TOO LONG TO INVITE NEW ATTENDEES TO GET INVOLVED, THEY WON’T BE AROUND.

I’ve heard it said, if a worship attendee hasn’t become part of a ministry team or joined a group of some kind, the likelihood of them staying in your church decreases dramatically after two years. It is true that worship is typically the main entry point for people.  Worship will always be the primary function … Read more

THE INCREDIBLE VALUE OF FIVE PERCENT – DISCOVER ITS POWER

It’s tough to swallow, but about 80% of all you do can be done just as effectively by almost anyone else, according to Wayne Cordeiro, author of The Divine Mentor: Growing Your Faith as You Sit at the Feet of the Savior .  Another 15% can be done by someone with a little training.  No one … Read more

FAN INTO FLAME – MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR GOD-GIVEN GIFTS

Timothy, to whom two New Testament letters were directed, was born around the year AD 17 and died about AD 97 when he was about 80 years old. Though he never physically met Jesus, their timelines overlapped. Jesus was born around 4 BC, started preaching around AD 27, and died around AD 30. Timothy was a … Read more

PHILIPPIANS 2 – GUARDRAILS FOR LIVING A GREAT LIFE

Guardrails along the highway give us the freedom to travel without going off the road and down a cliff or into water. My family enjoyed travelling across Tampa Bay on America’s 9th longest bridge, The Sunshine Skyway. I would never have considered driving across that 4-mile stretch without the protection of guardrails on each side. … Read more

INSPIRE OTHERS TO NEW LEVELS BY SPEAKING GREATNESS

How can you inspire others to reach new levels instead of obeying through fear? By speaking greatness. Speaking greatness helps a person want to achieve great things in life and not disappoint the leader or coach. What does speaking greatness require?  We must believe that each person is valued, loved by God, and created with … Read more

Two POWERFUL QUOTES For Parenting –– From Billy Graham

I recently ran across the book, Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham.  It’s a great little book with quotes organized by topic (age, anxiety, money, prayer, life, and others).  I took note of two great quotes from the parenting section: “Parents, pray that God may crown your home with grace and mercy.” “What a blessing … Read more