Monthly Archives: December 2011

Setting Great Goals…

Yesterday I gave you my thoughts on why setting really good goals was far better than our casual New Year’s resolutions.  As a minister I deal with people from all walks of life and frequently am called upon to help people through both the best and worst of times.  I have noticed over the years that people who are willing to set great goals are far more likely to get great results in life as well.  Here are a few things I have realized that help me and others set really good goals. G- God centered; goals that are focused on ourselves never seem to work out.  The first step in setting a great goal is to figure out what God wants you to do.  Stop trying to figure your goals out for yourself and instead let God help you figure them out.  Make sure that God is working on your side no matter what your goal might be. O- Objective driven; Set clear and attainable objectives as your main goal.  Then break that down further to more manageable objectives.  Don’t just set a goal to lose weight, set a goal to lose a specific amount of weight.  Then realistically break that down into shorter monthly objectives to monitor your progress.  This works for any and all goals.  A goal is a big thing! You have to break it up into really small objectives and monitor your progress. A-Accountability; Tell others about your goal. Ask them to help hold you accountable throughout the time you are trying to reach your goal.  It is always best if you can find someone who shares the same goal or a similar one to hold you accountable. But even […]

By |December 31st, 2011|My Thoughts|1 Comment

Trade In Your Resolution Early This Year…

With this year coming to a close and the next one only hours away, many people have already started thinking about what their New Year’s Resolutions for 2012 will be.  While there is some value in making resolutions, survey after survey has shown that very few actually stick with their New Year’s Resolutions.  Sure we start off on fire and ready to conquer whatever amazing task we have set our minds too but we quickly lose focus and forget about our resolution altogether. That is until the next January rolls around.  So I want to encourage you to trade in your yearly exercise of making a resolution for setting goals instead.  What is the difference between a resolution and a goal you ask?  Resolutions are generally very vague, and lack much if any detail.  Most resolutions go like this.  “I am going to lose weight this year” or “I’m going to do better about going to church” or “This year I want to save enough money to buy (you fill in the blank).”  There is nothing wrong with these things other than the fact that the majority of them will never happen because we have failed to understand the power of goal setting.  When we set goals, we have more than just a finish line on a piece of paper. We have a set of details that go along with reaching the finish line.  Instead of saying “I am going to lose weight this year” set a goal to work out 5 times a week for at least 45 minutes, to eat the correct amount of calories for your body, and to lose 10 lbs by the end of January and 8 more by the […]

Creating A Web Presence Without A Website

Yesterday I listed my top five reasons why your church does not need a website. Not that websites are bad, in fact for some churches they are essential.  I don’t believe this is the case for all churches though.  Many churches create websites because they think they somehow make them a more legitimate ministry.  This however, is only true if the website looks good, is easy to navigate, is constantly updated, and can be found among the millions of other church websites in a web search. Because the vast majority of churches in America have less than 200 people in attendance on a weekly basis, and thus likely don’t have the staff, and other resources to keep the website up and relevant I think there are some other great solutions to creating a web presence for your church.  These solutions require far less up keep, they are free, and in most cases will give you the same, if not better, overall results. The first thing I would recommend, if you decide having a full blown website is not for you, is a blog.  Blogger and WordPress are both very good blogging platforms.  They are easy to use, free, and look real nice with a very small investment of your time. If this was going to be my main web presence I would recommend WordPress.  You can make your WordPress blog look a lot like a webpage and they seem to have a few more website like features than blogger.  The most important thing is that you put things up in your blog.  Start with one blog each week, then if you can do two or more.  You can use the blog for church news, sermon […]

Top Five Reasons Your Church Should NOT Have A Website…

Let me start by saying that I really believe it is important for every church to have a website.  Our congregation receives numerous visitors each month who indicate on their visitor response cards that they found us on the web.  This number has grown year after year and now accounts for more first time visitors than any other form of advertising except word of mouth.  With that said, I don’t think that just having a website is beneficial, in fact it can harm the reputation of a church. This however has not always been the case.  In 2003 when we first launched our website all you needed was a website.  It did not have to look good, function well, or be easy to navigate.  A few pictures, some links, service times and directions, and you were golden.  This has quickly changed over the years though.  Now a website must be top notch in order to hold the visitor’s attention long enough to get them to view the content.  The average web surfer spends less than 10 seconds on a site before deciding if they will move on or dig deeper into the site.  We have really short attention spans on the web.  What does this mean?  Well in short if you don’t have a very clean, sleek, modern, flashy homepage most people wont hang out on your site long enough to learn anything about your church.  HTML, and Flash,  are no longer optional they are essential to holding the attention of your viewer long enough to get them to dive deeper into your site.  As a result many churches’ websites are not necessarily beneficial to their ministries any longer.  Because most churches don’t have the […]

The Five Most Common Mistakes of Those Who Lead Volunteers | FaithVillage Blog

In his blog post entitled The Five Most Common Mistakes of Those Who Lead Volunteers | FaithVillage Blog, Rick Howerton hits the nail on the head with some very practical advice for all who dare to lead volunteers.  I have seen all of these mistakes at work in our ministry over the years, and while they are seemingly simple to correct getting a real handle on them has proven difficult. Read his article below and see if you are making any of these mistakes or if your church has a problem in any of these areas.  How can we better address these issues so we don’t neglect those who desire to diligently serve our King? Sometimes we church leaders think, because the work got done, all is well. Remember this… anytime a team member leaves the team, it’s very possible it is due to some oversight on the part of the church staff member, a lapse no volunteer will ever mention to you. There are five common mistakes that cause a volunteer some serious cringe. 1. Recruiting them without orienting them. Orientation includes introducing them to the team they will be working with, taking them to the location where they will be working, and showing them where to find the resources they will need to accomplish their tasks, then turning them over to the leader of the team. 2. Recruiting them without training them. Remember this important fact . . . When we recruit someone and don’t give them the training they need to accomplish the work they have been asked to do, they will most likely fail. Volunteers are most likely to leave the team when they are not experiencing fulfillment in the role […]

By |December 27th, 2011|leadership|0 Comments

Be thankful… Part 1

  3 He is the one who forgives all your sins, who heals all your diseases, 4 who delivers your life from the Pit, who crowns you with his loyal love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your life with good things, so your youth is renewed like an eagle’s. (Psalms 103:3–5 NET) Psalms 103 contains an amazing list of things everyone can be thankful for.  David outlines 11 things in rapid succession in the first 15 versus of this chapter. David expresses an extreme attitude of thankfulness to God for his ability and willingness to, first and foremost,  forgive him of all of his sins. We can all be thankful that God does not forgive us for most, almost all, or some of our sins; instead he forgives ALL of our sins! David continues by thanking God for his ability to heal all of our diseases.  This phrase should not be viewed as a guarantee of earthly physical healing from all sickness or pain but rather as a promise of our ultimate healing and new bodies with the coming resurrection.  God does however, frequently still today heal people from cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and other seemingly deadly elements. The Hebrew word used for diseases can actually mean sickness, pain, suffering, grief, drought, or famine. David praised God because he was able to provide a healing for any and all in the above list.  Jesus himself said in Matthew 19:26, with God all things are possible. We can all be thankful and praise our heavenly father that even the most feared diseases and earthly predicaments can be overcome through the power of God. Next, David expresses his thanks to God in verse 4 by proclaiming that […]

It’s Christmas Day!!!

Merry Christmas guys!  I pray that you all have a wonderful spirit-filled day today.  I am thankful for each of you who follow this blog daily.  Those of you who comment regularly bless my soul in many ways with your thoughts and ideas that enhance my own.  I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and will help me continue to spread the word about Jesus in 2012.  Tell your friends and family about this blog as you meet with them today, show them how to subscribe to it and receive the blogs in their inbox each day.  Be blessed! Pastor Pete

Is He Really Coming Soon? (Day 49 Revelation 22:20 NET)

 “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20 NET I frequently wonder if believers today really think that Jesus is coming soon.  After all if we expected his arrival wouldn’t we be doing things a bit differently?  When we expect guests to arrive at our homes for a dinner or gathering don’t we change many things prior to their visit?  Our home is full of children’s toys, generally there are some dishes in the sink, a pile of clothes near the washer, bills on the counter or table, phone, computer, and Ipad charging chords litter other spaces, and many other things that are always present in our home unless we are expecting guests.  When a dinner party is planned or friends are just coming over to visit we quickly transform our home.  The kids are asked to pick up their toys and return them to their closest.  We wash the few dishes in the sink and put them away, the laundry is either done or returned to the hamper. The bills are neatly stacked and sorted, and the other clutter is organized and put away.  Why? Because we were expecting guests.  Now if you just showed up unexpected our home, presumably like yours, would not be as nice and tidy.  Is this not how we live our lives today?  Spiritually speaking there is much clutter on our counter tops and tables.  Dirty laundry has not been dealt with in years.  The floor is a mess, dishes have not been done and we would be embraced if Jesus came back this very day and found our lives in this condition.  Have we forgotten that Christ will come without warning like a thief in […]

Revelation What Are You So Scared Of? (Day 48 Revelation 1-11)

  1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must happen very soon. He made it clear by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who then testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy aloud, and blessed are those who hear and obey the things written in it, because the time is near! Revelation 1:1–3 NET Many people avoid the book of Revelation for various reasons. One of the main reasons is that most are simply afraid to read it.  In part this is because it contains a great deal of imagery surrounding the end times which no one can accurately understand.  The fear of this book is further enhanced by our fear of the future.  This book does not contain information about the future of others but rather it is all about our future. There has also been a great deal of false information spread about this book by the church.  One of the main things I hear from leaders in the church is that only the most mature among us should attempt to read the book of Revelation.  I believe this to be a huge mistake.  Granted I would not recommend it as the first reading assignment for a new convert, but to advance the idea that only mature believers are able to understand the truth on its pages is nonsense. If you have made it this far in the New Testament challenge you are ready to read through this book.  Don’t be scared, read it!  Below are two of the things I […]

What Have You Seen and Heard? 1 John 1:1-4 (Day 47 1 John 1:1-4)

  1 This is what we proclaim to you: what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and our hands have touched (concerning the word of life– 2 and the life was revealed, and we have seen and testify and announce to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us). 3 What we have seen and heard we announce to you too, so that you may have fellowship with us (and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ). 4 Thus we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. 1 John 1:1–4 NET This excerpt was taken from The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study What have you seen and heard with your own eyes and ears?  Is your testimony a reflection of these things?  Most of us are born blessed with the ability to see and hear.  Through our senses we experience the unique and amazing things of life.  Then we proclaim, testify, announce, publicize and otherwise make known those things which we experience here on earth. The picture above was taken minutes after my first child was born.  Like all proud parents, at the first possible moment I began texting, calling, and emailing the world to announce the birth of my baby boy.  Still to this day I get excited when I have the opportunity to recall moments like this in my life and share them with others. As eager and enthusiastic as we are to share with others the news of a promotion, birth, winning RBI, new car, or new dress, we seem less eager […]

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