Here’s the point. When you’re a leader, you know that people listen to your every word.
So choose your words carefully.
And pay as much attention to the words and phrases you don’t say, as you do to the words you do say.
Do what you can to take care of it.
There are some pastors who completely disregard their bodies. This hurts them in the long run. There are other pastors who take great care of their bodies and they want you to know about it. This too hurts them in the long run. Don’t let your appetite rule you, whether it’s an appetite for food or the praise of man. Instead pastor, just do your best to take care of the physical body that God has given to you so that you can do your best to take care of the church body that he has given to you.
Today we consume five times more information every day than we did in 1986, an incredible amount that’s equivalent to a 174 newspapers…a day. That probably includes a lot of Instagram posts, but it’s not only social media. The corporate e-learning space has grown by nine times over the last 16 years, such that almost 80% of U.S. companies offer online training for their employees, making more information accessible to them than ever before.
One would think that this would translate into increased knowledge. Yet, unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case. Scores of average American adults on tests of general civic knowledge — the type of information you’d assume people would pick up from scanning through all this information — has remained almost constant for the last 80 years. On the corporate side, working professionals apply only about 15% of what they learn in many corporate training and development programs in many cases.
If a program is aligned with your church but is not working well in your context, you need to replace it with something that will.
If a program is not aligned with your church, but is working well, it may be a rogue ministry. See if you can repurpose that ministry in a way that does align with your church.
If a program is both aligned and working well, you need to reproduce it. Once you figure out why it’s working, poor gas on it and doing so will multiply its impact to the church and most importantly its impact to the kingdom.
The Bible talks about King Solomon, who took stock of his life and said, “So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.” (Ecclesiastes 2:24)
Well, that certainly makes me feel better about my eating and drinking habits, but it also pushes me to think about my work from a different angle. The big “aha” for me is that wise King Solomon says enjoyment and satisfaction are the bottom line of life rather than an achievement. You don’t go out and achieve satisfaction; you receive it as a gift.
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