Monthly Archives: August 2013

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    When Leaders Resign When Leaders Resign

    When Leaders Resign

When Leaders Resign

It seems to happen all the time in churches.  About the time you find a wonderful volunteer leader, get them trained and their ministry really starts taking off, they resign.  This happens for all kinds of reasons.  Some people are forced to relocate for work, others just find themselves in a busy season of life, and a few will get mad about one thing or another and leave.  So what should you do when leaders resign and leaves you and the church in a bind? Pray for them, and pray with them – The vast majority of the time your leader has struggled in making their decision to resign.  Their resignation can make them feel guilty, and bring a sense of letting the church and even God down.  So make sure you shower this leader with an extra dose of prayer during your time with God.  Don’t forget to pray with them as well.  Find a time when you can have a short time of prayer together, it reminds them of God’s love, and also your love for them. Communicate with them- Many times in today’s culture the resignation comes in the form of an email, Facebook message, or text.  Be sure to let the leader know you received the message.  Let them know that you will be praying for them, and would like to schedule a time to pray with them.  If they don’t hear directly from you they will assume you are mad or upset because they stepped down.  This will make coming back to the church even more difficult for them. Assure them- When a leader resigns there is always a feeling of uncertainty that accompanies their decision. Take some time when […]

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    Building Unity Building Unity

    Building Unity

Building Unity

Building unity in your church, family, workplace, or friendships is hard work.  Building unity takes time.  But building unity in any area of your life is one of the most worthwhile investments you can make.  Here are a few reasons why you should always be trying to increase the unity you have with other people. Feeling unified with others brings a sense of security.  We feel safe when we have true unity with those we live with, work with, or associate with. Unity promotes peace.  When we are unified fights, arguments, and other nasty effects of division are limited and thus we tend to have a less stressful and more peaceful life. Unity with others is what God desires for our lives, therefore we should seek it. Most people understand the value of building unity for the reasons mentioned above and many more.  However, many people have forgotten how to build unity.  There are at least three things that are guaranteed to increase unity when applied to any area of your life.  These things will build unity in your family, workplace, church, or friendships if you apply them and stick with them over the long haul. So what are these three things that will help you build unity? Shared Time- Spend time with those you want to be unified with.  Time is a wonderful unity builder.  The more quality time you spend with people the more unity you will find you have with those people. Shared Purpose- When your family, church, workplace, or group of friends understand their purpose as a group unity is always enhanced. People living life with a shared purpose always build more unity than those that are simply wandering through life. […]

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    What I Learned When I Forgot My Phone… What I Learned When I Forgot My Phone…

    What I Learned When I Forgot My Phone…

What I Learned When I Forgot My Phone…

Last week we loaded up the family to head out of the beach for our annual family vacation.  As usual I tried to get some work in at the office since we did not have to leave until around lunch time.  I got caught by a few people and ended up getting home thirty minutes after our scheduled departure time and found my wife and children were more than ready to hit the road.  In the middle of securing the house, loading the last few bags, setting the A/C and turning off lights I set my phone down on the counter and forgot to pick it back up as I rushed out of the house.  After being on the road for about forty-five minutes I reached for my phone to make a call and realized my mistake.  My wife was driving and she said “I am not turning around to go get your phone!”  Honestly with three kids in the car all under the age of five I did not want to back track either. So I did it five full days without my phone!  This is the first time in over a decade that I have been so unconnected from the world, and here are a few things I learned… I can live with out my phone.  It is not a necessary item when it comes to my survival. Other people do just fine when I don’t have my phone as well.  When I got home I had a full voice mail box.  As I started calling those people back I soon discovered that most of them had solved their problem, found the needed information, or made the decision without me.  Everyone else did […]

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