Planning for the New Year (Pt.11)

NYLet's now look at our next step …

STEP 4 – Organise Weekly 

To make the most of your time and to manage your life well means that you need to consider what you are doing with your time. That’s why a weekly planning appointment is so helpful.… Read the rest

Planning for the New Year (Pt.10)

NYStep 1 of Planning for the New Year was Understand Your Mission. Step 2 was Identify Your Roles.  Let's now move on to Step 3.

STEP 3 – Establish Goals. As Paul identified each role, he gave some specific instructions or goals for the believers at the church of Ephesus to work on.… Read the rest

Planning for the New Year (Pt.9)

NYSTEP 1 in Planning for the New Year is to Understand Your Mission. We have considered a number of things to help us get a better handle on our mission: a mission statement, core values, personal vision, prophetic directives, our unique SHAPE, and a SWOT analysis.… Read the rest

Planning for the New Year (Pt.7)

NYAnother helpful thing to consider when reflecting on your Mission is your personal SHAPE.

SHAPE is a concept developed by Rick Warren and it includes consideration of five things:

  1. Spiritual Gifts – what spiritual gifts has God given to you?
  2. Heart – what are your passions, interests, and motivations?
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Planning for the New Year (Pt.6)

NYAnother dimension of Mission is considering any Prophetic Directives God may have given you. This includes any specific prophetic words God has given to you directly or from others, as well as any specific Bible verses God has quickened for you.… Read the rest

Planning for the New Year (Pt.5)

NYAnother aspect of Mission is Vision.

Vision answers the question, “Where?” Where are you going in the next period of time (3-5 years)? What is on the horizon and which way are you heading?

Leaders are called by God to communicate a preferred picture of the future that motivates people with passion to give their lives to make it a reality (see Prov.29:18 and Hab.2:1-3).… Read the rest

Planning for the New Year (Pt.4)

NYAnother dimension of Mission is Values.

Values answer the question, “Who?” Who are you? What is important to you? What are you building on and what do you hope to outlast you?

Jesus had specific values that he was building His kingdom on and he made them very clear to everyone.… Read the rest

Planning for the New Year (Pt.2)

NYTo begin our life planning process, we’ll make use of a reflection exercise. Reflection is all about pulling aside from the busyness of our life in order to contemplate and think about a specific thing. It is related to the concept of meditation, a common biblical practice which simply means to chew something over and over in your mind.… Read the rest

Planning for the New Year (Pt.1)

NYMany people spend more time planning for their holiday than they do planning their life. That’s a sobering thought. Over the next two weeks I’d like to lead you through a series of daily reflection exercises aimed at helping you to make next year your best year yet.… Read the rest

Creative Mind Renewal

HoleAutobiography in Five Short Chapters

1) I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I fall in.

I am lost . . .

I am hopeless.

It isn’t my fault.

It takes forever to find a way out.… Read the rest

2014 Christianity Today Book Awards

2014Confession time. I love books! Yes, there is a certain joy in buying a new book and just putting it on your shelf … even if you haven't yet read the last ten books you bought. Fellow addicts would understand. Others don't. 

So, if you are looking for a book to read, check out Christianity Today magazine's list of their book awards for 2014.… Read the rest