Ministry Monday: The Generosity Gene

Generosity Gene

 

My legacy is formed by my values. Generosity, for example, is a core value in my life. I want to be remembered as someone who gives with a generous heart. When I am gone, I want people to say, “he gave.” I also believe that if you really think about it, generosity is important to you as well. No one wants to be remembered as someone who was selfish. We don’t want to look back on our lives and realize that we lived with our fists clenched so tightly on money or possessions that we missed opportunities to bless others. Generosity isn’t an inherent trait for many of us, but it is something that can be cultivated. We can all be givers. (more…)

Rest: Finding Fulfillment in your Family

Family

Can you guess one of the key aspects of rest a lot of people steer clear from?

It’s fun!

Fun and family should serve a huge role in your times of rest. If you’re skeptical about that statement, I encourage you to hear me out on this one.

First, fun and family mean different things to different people. One person’s “fun” is not everybody’s sense of the word. What’s considered fun to you and the people you call family? (more…)

Ministry Monday: The Power of Affirmations

Affirmations

 

What do you say about yourself? As pastors, we spend a lot of time encouraging and leading those entrusted to our care. We speak life over the people around us, but what do we say about ourselves? Are we negative or do we dwell on the positive? Is every day a struggle or do we rejoice in the God-given opportunities to grow?

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Craig Groeschel says that our lives move in the direction of our strongest thoughts. What we think and say has power! But this is more than a spiritual truth, it is also psychologically proven. Research shows that what you say about yourself has a direct relationship with your ability to perform. Positive affirmations have the ability to shift your perspective and remind you that you have the ability to succeed. (more…)

Rest: Finding True Sabbath

Sabbath

 

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus 20:8-11

For some reason or another, pastors really struggle with having a Sabbath. I’d go as far as saying many leaders who are believers have tension with finding true Sabbath.

What is true Sabbath? And why do people avoid it so much?

In the verses above, you see that God set an example for us. He rested after six days of labor. And we’re expected to do the same. Yet, why do we fight this holy day of rest? (more…)

Super Simple Productivity Plan for Pastors – Part 6: Wrapping Up

 Simple Productivity Plan

 

It’s hard to believe we have already come to the end of this series. Over the last six weeks, we have discussed a simple productivity plan for maximizing productivity that I believe can change your life. Your ministry needs you to perform with excellence; the people God has entrusted to your care need you to show up well. This simple productivity plan is your opportunity to do just that.

In case you missed any of our previous posts, here’s a quick run down of the Super Simple Productivity Plan for Pastors.  (more…)