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Beating Burnout

Have you ever felt like the guy in the picture?  Do you feel like that right now?  If so you could be in a phase of life we call burnout.  The good news is burnout does not always have to lead to fallout!  I hear it so frequently in ministry ” I’m burned out!”  Sometimes its a trusted lay leader,  from fellow ministers, or a friend that is just totally zapped from the stress of ministry, work, life or all of the above.  If given the chance to run its course burnout always leads to fallout.  Fallout is when those who are burned out disappear.  In ministry fallout frequently is seen most clearly when a person stops attending church functions.  In other areas of life fallout is expressed when an individual stops showing up for coffee, the weekly staff lunch, or other things they once enjoyed.  Perhaps the most tragic thing about burnout and fallout is that they are totally avoidable.  Doing a few simple things can save the day. Step One: Publicly proclaim your call.  Why did you start this ministry in the first place?  Why did you come to work here twenty years ago?  Why did you pass up other opportunities and chose this path for your life?  Take time to remember the purpose and passion you have for what you are doing.  Then find an appropriate forum to recount you calling to others publicly. Thinking about it is great, saying it verbally to others will do wonders! Step Two: Privately pray! Before, during, and after you do step one you should be in prayer.  Confess your weariness to God.  Ask for help, guidance, comfort, encouragement, and energy.  God already knows whats in […]

Muslims Burn Christians to Death in Pastor’s Home in Nigeria | Christian News Network

These kinds of stories never make the evening mainstream news.  It seems like the civil rights people would be all over this story but because it was an attack on Christians few seem to care.  We must never forget our brothers and sisters around the world that suffer these kinds of attacks daily. Pray for the persecuted church!

The Church Under Attack

WOW have you heard about this?  What a crazy world we live in, I can’t believe the way they justified making this decision.  I am sure the schools don’t let the Christian churches use their facilities on Wednesday night because the buildings are being used.  If other people want to use the school they should move their events or services to Sunday as well.  I don’t get stuff like this!  I have hope nonetheless every time the church has been scattered over the last 2,000 years the Kingdom has expanded exponentially.  I believe God will use this for His Glory!  Read the article below if you want to know all the details about this…

Pastors see mixed economic signs, survey says

Many of the people who read this blog each week are Pastors. While the following article may not be of interest to some, for all of my fellow pastors out there if you are like me, its good to know you are not alone in the financial situation our churches are facing these days.  I continue to be amazed at the generosity of God’s people and the faithfulness of those dedicated believers who continue to sacrificially truly tithe from each pay check.  However there is no doubt that the past few years have been difficult to say the least, mostly due to the increased needs of those in our communities. Below you may find some good sermon illustrations or things you can share with your deacons or other church leadership.  I am thankful that even though times are hard and money is tight, God is not broke!   ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty. Haggai 2:8 NIV By David Roach, LifeWay Research Published: August 26, 2011 NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Although the offerings in most American churches have met or exceeded budget requirements in 2011, the economy still is having a negative impact on local congregations.That’s the finding of a LifeWay Researchsurvey of 1,000 Protestant pastors conducted in May and compared with similar surveys from November 2009 through January 2011. According to the recent survey, nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of pastors report 2011 offerings at or in excess of their budget requirements. That includes 25 percent with offerings exceeding budget requirements and 46 percent with offerings approximately at budget level. Twenty-two percent of pastors report lower offerings in 2011 than 2010. Thirty-nine percent report an increase from 2010, and 36 percent say […]

Fishing Tips From The Bible Pt. 3

There was once a man who was considered to be an expert fisherman. This person was always up-to-date on the most current technologies and methods being used in the fishing world. He could tell you anything you wanted to know about every kind of boat, rod, reel, bait, or lures. He was a subscriber to all of the greatest fishing magazines and was a frequent columnist in many of them. He was said to be one of the most sought-after speakers at the biggest fishing shows and conferences, and it was at one of those conferences during the question-and-answer time that he stunned the world. The question from a fan in the audience had never been asked of this man before and this simple question turned the fishing world upside down. The man asked, “How many fish has a great fisherman like you caught in your lifetime?” The expert fisherman paused for a long time and then looked at the floor and said, “I have never caught a single fish in my life.” The crowd was stunned and shocked at the  expert’s shocking admission. The audience member who had asked the question said, “What do you mean, you have never caught a fish. Why not? I don’t understand.” The expert replied, “I am terrified of water. I can’t even make myself stand on the dock near the lake, much less get in a boat.” Why do I share this funny and facetious story with you?  Because when it comes to evangelism most of us are just like this fisherman.  We are in love with the idea of it, but we all have one excuse or another for not doing it. The bottom line is at […]

Excuses for falling asleep at work

If you ever find yourself dozing off at your desk after lunch you might want to commit a few of these excuses to memory.  I am not sure that they would work, but they are funny!  I’m not sure where they came from but a friend sent them to me in an email forward last week.  What would you add to the list?  Leave your additions in the comment section… 10 excuses to use if you fall asleep at your desk and get caught by the boss: 1)   They told me at the blood bank this might happen. 2)   This is just a 15 minute power nap like they raved about in that time management course you sent me to. 3)   Whew! Guess I left the top off the whiteout.  You got here just in time! 4)   I wasn’t sleep I was meditating on the mission statement you shared with me and envisioning a new paradigm for our company. 5)   I was testing my keyboard for drool resistance. 6)   I was just doing a highly specific Yoga exercise to relieve work related stress.  Are you discriminatory toward people who practice Yoga? 7)   Man! Why did you interrupt me? I almost figured out a solution to our company’s biggest problem… 8)   The coffee machine is broken… 9)   Someone must have put decaf in the wrong pot. 10)         …In Jesus name Amen!

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