Biblical Ministry: Oversight
First Peter 5:2 reads, "shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness..."
Over the past few months, I've been studying the letters by Peter. Here's a wonderful passage that I would like to take the next few weeks and walk through the passage and explore each word and/or phrase.
Here's the outline that will be used as we explore:
2. Dig Deeper
Three Ways to recast vision
Where are we heading?
As any growing leader is aware, having a vision (where you believe God is leading the ministry) for your ministry is essential to the growth of the ministry. But simply having a vision isn't going to spark growth. The vision must be communicated to those you are leading.
However, once you have communicated the vision to those you lead, the task isn't completed. You must then begin to develop a plan to recast the vision in order to keep the vision in front of those you are leading.
Below, are three ways a leader can recast the vision:
With over 3 billion email users worldwide, email is still an important form of communication in 2017. Take time at least once a month to communicate the vision and the direction you believe God is leading the ministry. Mailchimp is an email service you can utilize to send your monthly vision recast.
Social Media Usage
Images are dominating social media in 2017. One way to take advantage of the use of images in recasting your vision is with the app 'Over'. With Over, you can place text over an image and then post it to social media. Make sure you don't over communicate on the image. Simply place a few words on the image, then be more descriptive once you post the image to social media.
Promotional materials to physically distribute and to have available on location is another method to use in communicating the vision. Brochures, magnets, bookmarks, banners and posters are all tools that can communicate the vision and have it before them each week. While there are other companies available, Vistaprint is an online company that can be inexpensive on most products.
What are the different methods you have used to recast the vision?
Time Management and God's Glory
We all have 168 hours that God has blessed us with this week. How will you use these hours? Look at the list below and write in how many hours will be needed this week for the following:
Sleep - ________
Exercise - ________
Family Time - _______
God Time - ______
Work - _______
Friend/Networking - ______
Prayer - ______
Child Sports - ______
Well, that's all, right? Or did I forget:
Netflix - ______
Social Media - ______
Video Game - ______
Fantasy Sports - ______
Shopping - ______
I could continue, but I'll stop there. With all of the options we face each day, how do we manage our time? Paul writes to the church at Corinth: "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." -- First Corinthians 10:31
Here are a few tips on managing the time God has blessed us with for His Glory.
Isaiah writes in Isaiah 55:8-9, "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways," declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher then your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."
We can rely on God's Wisdom by taking time at the beginning of each week and the beginning of each day asking Him to direct our steps and to grant wisdom to us in using the time He's given.
So, as we seek God's wisdom in how to use time, ask Him to remind us that time is a precious gift from Him.
Google Calendar - www.google.com/calendar
Asana - www.asana.com
Trello - www.trello.com
Wunderlist - https://www.wunderlist.com/
RescueTime - www.rescuetime.com
Do you struggle with time management? How are you currently working on managing your 168 hours?
Leadership: Always Growing
My goal is to learn more about leadership daily. Here are a few of the principles I've learned over the past five years along with a few people I've been learning from recently:
1.. Be a Follower - In order to be a leader, I must first learn how to follow. Here are some people I currently learn from (a distance):
3. Be a Thinker - This is very new to me in the area of leadership. I enjoy thinking, but I often become so focused on 'tasks' that I fail to stop and think. So, I have learned to schedule blocks of time to think. Here are a few areas I am seeking to grow:
When I think - I take time to think in the mornings, before anyone else is awake in my home. I spend time reading, in prayer, reflecting on God's Kindness, then I simply think. There's nothing specific I think about, but I just let my thoughts begin and then apply Second Corinthians 10:5 and make sure my thoughts are in obedience to Christ.
Think Big - This one is a struggle for me, but I'm trying to learn this principle. In all areas that I lead, whether it's in ministry, home or the community, I am trying to think 'Big' in all things. Again, I am still learning with this principle. Do you have any thoughts on thinking big in leadership?
I'd love to hear what you have been learning about leadership. Comment below.
Growing in God: The Scriptures
Jesus said in John 5:39, "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me."
The Jews were trying to kill Jesus because He was breaking their Sabbath laws and also calling God His own Father. Jesus begins to tell them about the many different witnesses to the truth of who He is. The witness of John, the witness of His works, the witness of the Father, and here, the witness of the Scriptures.
When talking about the Scriptures, Jesus is talking about the Old Testament. Instead of seeking life in the rules and regulations the Jews had added to the Law of God, Jesus tells them the Law points the people to Himself. True life is found in Jesus Christ and the Scriptures should direct us toward Him.
As I read through the Bible, I ask myself these three questions:
1. What does this passage tell me about God?
2. How does this passage show me Jesus?
3. How can I now live for the glory of God because of this passage?
If the Scriptures testify about Christ, then I need to read the Scriptures with this in mind. As I grow in knowledge of God and knowing Him through Christ, then this same message must go forth to those God has called me to lead and teach.
Do you have a specific Bible reading method you use?