The Importance of Team

A quick search will likely give you gobs of websites that will tell you how much better you business, ministry, or whatever will run if you have a team that is functioning well. All of that is true, but if you are running a ministry there is one more reason to have a team.

VACATION

As a pastor, vacation is one of my most difficult challenges. My vacation days are part of what I earn and, therefore are just as much my families as they are mine…maybe even more so. And that means I should take all of them.

But life, church, and ministry keeps on going even when I am on vacation. Lessons need to be planned, people need counseling, and so one…as they say, Sunday’s coming. For many ministry leaders that means doubling up on work before you leave and when you get back. And sometimes that doubling up makes us reconsider our vacation plans.

But rest is vital. Don’t skip you vacation.

To a certain extent the doubling up will always happen in some areas. However, it’s also why you team is so important. If you are delegating authority as well as tasks and responsibilities, you team should be able to function without you. A good team, a healthy team, will see some of those things that need to be done and make them happen. This way, when you return, you’ll only need to do the things that only you could do.

It sounds counter-intuitive to build a team that can work well without you. But really, it’s the mark of a good leader. As you delegate authority and responsibility, you’ll be able to step back and see more of the big picture – where you will also see that there is more that needs to be done and more that you can give away….so you do, and step back and see…well, you get the point.

So, how good is your team? Could they go it alone?

How Strong is Your Family?

Happy BabyI am a big proponent of play. I think it is vital in our lives, especially as adults because it is easy to get side tracked and begin to take life too seriously. I think that’s part of the reason that I dove so deep into the hobby of table top games; they are an easy way for an adult to play.

Don’t worry, this isn’t another post recommending board games. But I think that some people have forgotten how to have fun – or they have simply forgotten the value of fun.

I’ve mentioned before that I want our children to want to spend time with us. And I know that children are wired to have fun (another time maybe I’ll argue the case that adults are too). So, it’s a disadvantage to our vision, of being able to speak into our children, for our home not to be fun.
Determine your family’s strength »

What your child wants…

More than anything else your child wants your time. They want to spend time with you without an agenda other than enjoying being together. They’ll enter your world to spend time with you, but they’ll be much happier to have you enter theirs – and theirs is a world of play.

Recently I dove into a world of play where both adults and kids can have a great time – the world of board games. Games are an excellent way to spend unhurried, enjoyable time together; a chance to escape the stresses of the day and enter a new land. Over the past 3 months I have played more than 120 board games with my family. Sometimes just the boys, sometimes just a one on one. That may sound like a borderline obsession, (ok, maybe it’s full blown) but there are a number of benefits of this kind of gaming.
The Benefits of Board Games »

AHA: A review

I’m not sure anyone should ever take a break from reading, but after enjoying 52 books last year I decided that I would be much more selective about my reading this year and spend time doing other things that I enjoy as well. My target this year is a rather simple 20…but that does mean picking and choosing.

When David C Cook offered Kyle Idleman’s new book AHA for review, I took the chance. His other book, Not a Fan, has been on my want to read list for a while and has had some pretty solid reviews. I assumed that AHA would be in that same vein and worth to add to the limited list that I would read this year.

When I review, I have two hopes in mind: put myself in the seat of the main audience that the writer intends and, while being real, try to give a positive review.
My Review of AHA »

Play Your Way to a Better Family

It may sound childish. It may seem too simplistic. But I’ll say it anyway:

If you want to improve your relationship with your family, Go Play.

Jim Burns once said, “the family that isn’t ‘working’ is the family that isn’t playing together.” He’s right – play has a ton of benefits.

When families play together they begin to laugh – and laughter actually makes you healthier. Stress levels go down, family memories are built and inside jokes are created. In other words, play leads to lifelong memories. And to a happier, healthier family.

One of our goals for our boys is that as they grow, they will want to spend time with us. We know they will form outside friendships and that there will be a natural pull away but if we are to continue to be lifelong influencers for them we need them to want to hear us; to want to spend time with us.

That means we need to be proactive. We need to give them a strong sense of belonging and we need to keep the lines of communication open. Play is the catalyst that will do both of these things.

So that raises the question: What should we play?
What should we play? »

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