Too often we just try to get by with what we have in ministry, and that includes the volunteers and staff we have, when in reality it just might be that we need more!
And, the MORE we add to our human capital in our church, the better the Body of Christ will be served and equipped. Then, one wonderful cycle starts to turn and people are added to the church, souls are saved, families are healed, and true life change is experienced.
All because we weren't afraid to ask for help!
Okay, maybe it's not my biggest, but this is certainly one of my worst leadership failures in pastoral ministry! I led a team to the cliff, to stand in awe of the view, but then I essentially pushed them off. :-(
The story eventually takes a good turn, in that I want to learn and grow - and I haven't given up, but have gotten much better.
I hope you learn something from this all too true story of ministry failure...
Today Jeff gives you Part 2, where he shares some assumptions he has about preaching, and then some ideas for you to implement that will help you connect with your people and avoid those boring sermons!
We'll all hit those preaching slumps. This is not an episode about how to get out of a slump. It might help, but I've found the only way out of a slump is time, and prayer, and a little diligence.
But this IS an episode about how to create an interesting sermon or message. The things on this episode are true! Move heaven and earth to not bore your people with God or his Word.
This is Part 1 - tomorrow is Part 2. Enjoy!
I've been a part of A LOT of leadership team meetings over the last 40+ years. The good, the bad, and of course - the UGLY.
I was thinking the other day about what the essential elements of an effective leadership team meeting are, and I've come up with three. Likely, you are planning for your next meeting even this week - and I hope that this episode gets you thinking in some helpful directions!
2/11/2023 0 Comments
Weekend Edition 39 - Discipleship, Bi-Vocational Ministry, Church Planting, Roosters, and Airplanes with Ray Brandon
Ray Brandon is a pastor who planted his church almost 20 years ago, and has like many of you expanded his ministry reach and involvement. I've known Ray for more than 30 years and am not surprised at the level of pastoral and ministry excellence and integrity he has achieved.
Enjoy this episode - i hope you are inspired and encouraged as much as I was!
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2/10/2023 0 Comments
Episode 225 - A Very Sad Week
This week's earthquake in Turkey and Syria have been catastrophic and horrific. How can we even fathom the horror? It causes me to consider the Great Commission and the need for the Gospel around the world, and right next door..
Jesus said it over and over - in judgment - condemning the religious leaders: "You Hypocrites!" When I was a young pastor, and would read Matthew 23, I would think, "man, I'm so glad I'm not one of those religious leaders! So glad I'm not a hypocrite!"
The older I get, the more I understand them. The less judgmental I feel toward them. I still don't ever want to be one, a hypocrite, but I can easily wander in that direction. Today I talk about my fear, and what I believe keeps me from it... enjoy!
2/7/2023 0 Comments
Episode 223 - Today
Pastor, in this episode I share my overwhelm in life right now. I don't whine or complain, or prate on and on about how "busy" I am - but I try to be honest for long enough to share with you what my hope is through it all.
God gives us opportunities to serve, busy or not. Overcommitted or not. And we get to do it, with people. And we never do it yesterday, or tomorrow, or next week, or next year. But only today. Always today. Because today matters.
Here are two more lessons I learned when I contemplated my experience giving blood.
If you've never given blood, call the Red Cross, the Blood Bank, LifeServe Blood Center, or your local hospital to get information on where you can go to give blood. It's a beautiful thing.
I enjoyed recording this episode just for you pastor! Enjoy.
Jeff Keady has been a pastor for 35 years and podcaster to pastors for 9 years - Coaching For Pastors is his latest podcast!