Why do I blog?
– Because I love my church but can’t personally connect to everyone who calls me ‘pastor’. The people of The Wesleyan Church of Hamburg deserve everything I’ve got. This is one more way to give it.
– Because ministry, life and leadership are better when learning is shared.
– Because I’d rather offer my journey than just give my conclusions.
– Because I need to practice being generous, not just with my money, but with my heart, too.
– Because the Church/Kingdom/World is better when many voices are shaping the conversation it is having.
Stay tuned for more frequent posts and thoughts about life and ministry. I would love to have you join the conversation.
Sin #2: Not Having Fun
Volunteering in the church should be life giving, but too many times, it’s life draining.
Joy, passion and energy become monotonous repetition of tasks. People show up because they are supposed to, not because they want to.
Why can’t volunteering be fun? Why can’t people enjoy coming to church and serving with their fellow teammates? Why can’t people have a good time AND meet needs?
We believe it’s possible. Get creative and make volunteering fun again. Inject some life into the ministry and make sure people know it’s okay to laugh.
Play some games.
Eat some food.
Throw a party.
Give out a silly award.
Celebrate Well Together.
When people have fun doing something, guess what? They will do more of it. If you fight to make your volunteer teams fun, volunteers will be more engaged. All it takes to bring some fun to your volunteer teams is to have fun people involved.
If the leader of the team isn’t fun…recruit a fun person to be the fun coordinator. Make it someone’s job to plan a fun activity for the team – go bowling, play dodgeball in a junior high school gym, run through a corn maze, or eat BBQ. Get outside of the church building and have fun together. It really will make a difference.
Bonus Tip: Coincide something fun with something that’s happening in the world.
March Madness. Fall Frenzy. A 4th of July Picnic.
(Taken from The Rocket Company)
We all have been warned about the 7 Deadly Sins or vices of wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.
If you work with a team of volunteers like I do, did you know there are 7 other deadly sins that kill ministry?
Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting on these 7 Deadly Sins of Leading Volunteers.
Sin #1 – Not saying thanks
Just because someone’s reward is in heaven doesn’t mean they don’t need to hear thank you here on earth. Appreciation is FUEL for volunteers. When their hard work is appreciated, it provides energy to keep going. The fact that you feel grateful doesn’t make an impact. It’s actually saying thanks that provides encouragement.
You don’t just need to BE thankful…you need to SAY thanks. That’s an important distinction.
One of the simplest and most effective way to say thanks is to send a thank you note. Not an email, not a Facebook status, text or email…. I’m talking about an old-fashioned, handwritten thank you note.
There really is power in saying thanks, and the hand-written thank you note is still the best way to do it. In this day of email, status updates and tweets, personal notes sent with a stamp really stand out. Doug Fields says thank you note notes are powerful because:
- 1. They’re memorable. We delete emails and save notes. I’ve got friends in their 40’s who have shown me notes that I sent them when they were in my youth group.
- 2. They’re personal. With a handwritten note, it goes against the “reply to all” feeling that emails communicate. Even when I get a personal email, I often wonder if it was a cut/paste that the other speakers/leaders/etc… received. I don’t question the “mass distribution” of a mailed note.
- 3. They communicate value . With dozens of texts and 100+ emails I receive every day, a note stands out. When I get an occasional hand-written note I feel valued by the person who took the time and spent the money to communicate with me.
- 4. They’re powerful. I’d go so far to state that a note can make someone’s day. Before my kids could even read they’d follow me to the mailbox and ask if they got any mail. I’d usually say, “Yes you did…Resident.” I don’t always read emails, but when a handwritten, hand-addressed note comes to my home, I ALWAYS see it.
(Taken from The Rocket Company)
Living in the 21st century, it is so easy to search out any topic or fact we desire to know more about in an instant with the help of Google.
So, what did the world search for in 2012?
The video below is a recap of the most popular searches over this past year.
With so many people searching for Truth… Jesus said, “I am the way, the Truth and the Life.” – John 14:6
It is during this season, on that first Christmas, that access to Truth and Life was given to all men and women –
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son. That whoever believes in Him, will never perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
ADVENT means, “the arrival“…
As we celebrate ADVENT this December, let us reflect on the significance of the amazing event that took place 2000 years ago.
Mary was a teenage girl engaged to marry a poor carpenter named Joseph. She lived on a dusty fringe of the might Roman Empire, just another powerless peasant in another insignificant town. Yet she was the young woman to whom God extended the invitation to be the mother of the Messiah, Jesus.
In Luke’s account, Gabriel, God’s archangel, announces to Mary that she has found favor with God – she will give birth to a child and she will name him Jesus. Mary’s response – “Here I am, the Lord’s humble servant. As you have said, let it be done to me.” – is as simple as it is inspiring. She doesn’t protest or let her fear sway her from following God.
Then… He Came.
To lead yourself well, you have to be intentional—you have to do something.
All self-leaders do five things:
1. Begin with the end in mind. Self-leaders have a vision for the kind of people they want to be and they pursue that vision.
2. Actively learn. Self-leaders recognize that they’re responsible for their spiritual development. They explore and discover. They’re curious.
3. Practice rest. Self-leaders make time to reflect and recharge. They maintain a sustainable pace.
4. Pursue health. Self-leaders take the necessary steps to become or remain physically, emotionally, and relationally healthy.
5. Lead from the inside out. Self-leaders recognize they can never rise above the limits of their own characters. They cultivate integrity and moral authority by maintaining harmony between what they say and how they live.
I was recently reminded at a seminar this past week, that everything rises and falls on leadership. In other words, how well am I leading myself and those around me?
The sole purpose of this blog is to give you the reader a snapshot of what I am learning as it relates to the influence and leadership that God has entrusted to me, to hopefully encourage you in your leadership journey as well.
Over the multiple posts that follow in this blog, it is my prayer that we would be the people of God that are leading others with the leadership principles that have been entrusted to us in His word.
I want to encourage you with this video taken from a leadership conference called Catalyst back in 2007.