I go back and forth whether or not to eliminate email from my phone. It’s a distraction from family and rest, but a necessary form of communication. Where do you fall?
No matter the decision it’s important to set rules around your email use. If you don’t you’ll find yourself struggling to get any REAL work done. To be more productive with your inbox start:
If you’ve been in ministry long enough you know that connecting with parents can be a struggle. But, what if we were the problem?
What if we were the reason parents seemed irrational, unruly and apathetic? What if it was us making it difficult for parents?
Every Monday I used to wake up feeling hungover, but the cause wasn’t drinking…it was youth ministry. As a 20 something I could bounce back but as I got older I realized things had to change.
Ministry will wear you out because it’s messy. You are dealing with real people facing real life and it can drain you if you don’t instill the right habits. If you want to stop feeling tired and last in ministry you need to:
Recruiting volunteers has to be a priority. And, if you expect emails, bulletin and pulpit announcements are going to do the job you’ll only find disappointment.
Too often we expect people to accept our invitation to serve simply by asking them. The problem is it’s not that easy. While the concept is simple there are at least 3 realities we need to embrace in order to ask people effectively. They are:
In his book The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business Patrick Lencioni uses an analogy that holds true in ministry.
If you want a healthy leadership team they need to function less like a golf team and more like a basketball one. Each individual on a golf team goes out and works on their own, while each member of a basketball team is