If you held a membership class, and could only tell your new members ONE thing - ONE thing that they absolutely had to do, had to keep in mind - ONE thing that if they stayed focused on that, everything else would take care of itself - what would that ONE thing be??
This week I want to talk to you about what is most important, most foundational.
I'm going to boil it down to the irreducible minimum, and encourage you to teach your new members that. It's what I do. I've been doing it for years. And all my new members know what it is.
Because it's ONE thing, they don't forget. It helps that I repeat it often. Here we go! Enjoy!
Dave Jacobs from SmallChurchPastor.com joins me to talk about church growth - the things we've been told - and the things we should reconsider.
Dave's book, Second Thoughts - 100 Things Small Church Pastors Should Reconsider, is filled with encouragement for pastors of ordinary sized churches. We talk about only one, #75 - Reconsider what the church growth experts have told you.
Also, if you want to experience pastoral coaching, Dave is offering (4) four 45-minute coaching sessions for FREE. This is his gift and ministry to pastors. Four sessions with Dave will give you ample opportunity to discern whether having a pastoral coach is for you.
If you benefit, this could be something that your church helps you afford, even though Dave's coaching is way too cheap! I tell him he needs to raise the amount he charges pastors, but he wants to keep it affordable for small church pastors.
Email Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell him Jeff sent you! He routinely offers one free 45-minute call, but for my listeners he's offering four! :-)
Richard Foster wrote the book, Celebration of Discipline - The Path to Spiritual Growth, and Chapter 5 is The Discipline of Study. Wow. This is a great book.
So I snatched the best of the best in that chapter, and then lay out for you a 3-step process to attack that discipline of study. The 3rd step in the process is the $$$ step! Without it, you'll probably flame out. With it, you almost can't lose.
Enjoy, my friend!
Jeff takes a metaphor from Adam Grant's book, Think Again - and challenges pastors to choose the Rethinking Cycle, instead of the Overconfidence Cycle.
Pastors are the spiritual thought leaders in the community, or should be, and must be open to the dynamic of life-long learning. It requires humility and, surprisingly, doubt! But you can do it, and Jeff unpacks how.
Pick up Grant's book, Think Again - The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know. You'll be glad you did.
How do you know you're right... about anything? Do you ever assume you're wrong? How do you learn, and gain more knowledge? Knowledge that actually is put to use and benefits you?
Do you know what Epistemology is? So, we talk about that a bit both today and tomorrow on Episode 150.
This episode will challenge your status quo... I promise! Enjoy!
Warmest Regards (and you're welcome!)
We hear it all the time, but we're steeped in it in our culture - instant gratification, quick satisfaction, right-now results. We do not want to wait.
In our quest for spiritual transformation, we can fall for the quick fix, the... silver bullet!
There is none. I talk about the reality of spiritual transformation today as we look at Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline. What does it take for transformation to happen in the life of the pastor?
Richard Foster's book, Celebration of Discipline is a classic for the ages. Written 44 years ago with over 2 million copies sold... it is timeless!
Jeff reflects on Foster's words encouraging solitude and silence. We are a people bedeviled by noise and commotion. We are overwhelmed with messaging and advertising. We are inundated with information and opportunities.
Sometimes in order to either survive or thrive, we just have to shut it all down.
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Suzanne Vogel was in the middle of a capital campaign at her multisite church when Covid hit. Suddenly construction costs went through the roof. Over a million dollars given and millions more pledged. What does a pastor do in a situation like that?
Two and a half years later Pastor Suzanne is here to tell you the... rest of the story! Great leadership wisdom and insight is ahead for you on this episode. Enjoy!