An Explanation of Life

Monkey On the first day, God created the dog and said: "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past.. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years."

The dog said: "That’s a long time to be barking.… Read the rest

A Classic Senior Moment

Senior I turn 50 later this year and I must admit, I already have the occasional 'senior moment' (or mental lapse). Here is the funniest senior moment I have ever heard of. This is supposedly a true account recorded in the police log in Sarasota FL.… Read the rest

7 Practices of Effective Ministry: Conclusion

7 principles These practices can be seen as a single operating system for your church. Avoid competing operating systems and conflicting information that can cause a breakdown or paralyse ministry. Get an upgrade. Reformat your hard drive and install a clean system. Rewrite your internal code so that everyone is clear about what is important and how they should function.

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7 Practices of Effective Ministry: #5 Listen to Outsiders

7 principlesPractice #5 – Listen to Outsiders

Focus your efforts on those you are trying to reach, rather than just on those you are trying to keep.

Listen to outsiders for answers, not questions. Listen to outsiders and make adjustments.

Churches are full of ’insiders’ even though most of them start out as ‘outsiders’.… Read the rest

7 Practices of Effective Ministry: #2 Think Steps Not Programs

7 principlesPractice #2 – Think Steps not Programs

All church ministries and/or programs should take people somewhere not just fill their time. Ask yourself, "Where do you want your people to be?" "What do you want them to become?" "Is your ministry or program designed to take them there?"

Figure out how to change lives then do that one step at a time.… Read the rest

7 Practices of Effective Ministry: #1 Clarify the Win

7 principles Andy Stanley is the Senior Pastor of North Point Community Church, a thriving multi-site church in Atlanta, Georgia. He has written a number of very helpful resources for churches and church leaders. One example is the book Seven Practices of Effective Ministry

In this book, the authors, propose that clearly articulated and established principles enable you to work through the fog of information and emotion in order to find clarity and make the tough calls.

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Improving Your Communication Craft (Pt.2)

Craft 6. Visualise the people you are speaking to

As you prepare, think about the different types of people who may listen to your message. This would include unbelievers, new Christians, struggling Christians and mature Christians. It includes people young and old, men and women, single and married, employed and unemployed, rich and poor, as well as students and retirees.  Visualise them and their world … and how your message relates to them.… Read the rest

Improving Your Communication Craft (Pt.1)

Craft Here are a few tips for those of us who communicate God's Word regularly. We need to commit ourselves to developing our God-given gifts and continually seek to be more effective in bringing about change in people's lives. 

1. Choose one main BIG Idea for your message

It’s better to say one thing well than to present a scattering of many things less effectively.… Read the rest