Earlier this week at ThomRainer.com:
- Ten Really Strange Things That Happened at Church Business Meetings
- The Importance of Guest Connections – Rainer on Leadership #374
- How Much Time Do Pastors Take for Vacations?
- Autopsy of a Deceased Church – Revitalize & Replant #007
- Why Church Replanting Is Gaining Momentum – Revitalize & Replant #008
- Four Stupid Things Pastors Do That Ruin Their Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #375
Church staff should read books together. The benefits are numerous, and it’s an easy exercise. Take the pace slow to reduce the stress of adding one more item to the task list. Then enjoy the discussions together.
Church planting wife, whatever challenge you face today, let your griefs and your disenchantment with this world turn your face to the One who sees, the One who promises you will reap from what you’ve sown if you don’t give up (Galatians 6:9), the One who is preparing you a true home. Turn your face to the One who is worthy of all your labor costs you. He is pleased by your faith.
I don’t know your church’s location, but I suspect that it may be within driving distance of a college or university campus. If so, your congregation needs to connect with that campus. Here’s why:
I just finished my second year working in Minor League Baseball for the Columbia Fireflies. In these first two years, I have already crossed my two main goals off the list: 1) Open a brand-new ballpark (which happened in 2016) and 2) Host the All-Star Game (which happened in 2017). Those two are great, but this year, I was also given an unexpected bonus opportunity: to document the most famous Minor League Baseball player since Michael Jordan—Tim Tebow.
From the prophet Nathan (2 Samuel 12) to Nehemiah (Nehemiah 5) to Jesus (Matthew 18) and Paul (1 Corinthians 5) examples of confrontation permeate the Bible. The following is a checklist (drawn primarily from Nehemiah 5:1-13) that I hope will help the next time you have to confront someone living in sin.
One of my more recent mentors was a godly businessman who agreed to meet with me periodically. He didn’t even think he had anything to offer me, but as I observed his life and ways I knew he did. He was twenty plus years older than me, had been extremely successful, and his leadership skills were off the charts. So, of course, I could learn from him. And, I did. One of the more frequent questions I receive is how do I find this kind of mentor? Well, I think they are all around, but if you want to find a mentor, you’ll have to be intentional.