This is a wonderful story! The Vanguard College Prepatory School in Waco, Texas has to be very proud of these students.
1. The power of mentoring is in “coming alongside” not in giving someone more information, suggestions, advice, etc. You bring the presence of Jesus. The goal is coming alongside to help that person mature (spiritually, emotionally, relationally) in order to honor God.
2. Make a list of FIVE people whom you might mentor. (The more specific you are regarding the identity of these people, the more likely you will actually act.)
3. Pray for these FIVE people
- Pray for opportunity, an open door with one or more of these people
- Pray for your own desire and willingness to follow through
- Pray that you might for an awareness of how to be most helpful to these people.
4. Consider these possible approaches to mentoring these FIVE people: long term, occasional, seasonal. Discern which one (or more) of these FIVE you need to approach.
If you are a church leader, trust really is everything. It doesn’t matter whether you are a preacher, an elder, or a volunteer with the youth group, trust is everything. A congregation’s present and future are greatly impacted by whether or not the leaders within the church can be trusted.
If people trust you, that is huge. If they don’t trust you, well, I’m not sure what you can do. As a church leader, you may preach sermons, make important announcements, or initiate special projects. However, if the members do not trust you it is awfully hard to move forward.
A gripping, powerful story from the Washington Post. “A father’s scars: For Va.’s Creigh Deeds, tragedy brings unending questions.”
See Mark Woodward’s interesting and helpful report from the recent Global Missions Conference held in Memphis, Tn. See “What Do the Experts Say About Short-Term Missions?” and “What Experts Say About Short-Term Missions, Part 2.”
Michael Hyatt has written a good post! “My Secret Weapon for Extra-Energy at Work. I practice this more occasionally than regularly. However, I have noticed a tremendous boost in my energy when I do practice this.
Melanie Pinola has written a fine post regarding a writing schedule but is actually applicable to other forms of work as well. See “How to Stick to a Writing Schedule.”
Do you read Shane Parish’s Farnam Street? I find this useful. Parish will often review and discuss books that I will probably not read but often have an interest in the subject matter.
There are some behaviors which can irritate a congregation and even work to lesson a minister’s tenure with that congregation.
A minister can behave so that his own ministry is undermined and credibility is lessoned.
The following are eight behaviors that can cause a congregation to become irritated with their minister. The continuation of these behaviors over time can even lead to serious repercussions.
Assumptions will kill you!
My friend was right! Be careful about assumptions.
1. Don’t assume I understand what you haven’t explained clearly. So often we assume that someone coming into our system (church, school, university, workplace) knows exactly what to do. So it is Sunday morning and everyone is talking about the great dinner that took place at the church building on Friday evening. You are not sure what they are talking about. You are puzzled. After all, no one mentioned this last Sunday morning. Finally someone says “Oh yes, we do this every year. This is our annual going back to school dinner. No one says much about it. Everyone knows all about it.”
I enjoy reading and listening to Nancy Duarte. I have learned much from her work on presentations. See “Nancy Duarte|Expert on Telling Stories Visually.”
What We’ve Lost
See this thoughtful article by Shane Parish “The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection.”
See “The Twelve Most Magnificent Bookstores in the World.” I would like to visit each one.
Marriage Statistics Reconsidered
On the blog Thoughtful Women, I read this very interesting post about statistics that are generally accepted regarding marriage.”
Lifehacker recently had a post discussing “13 Tricks to Help You Remember What You’ve Learned.”
No nothing is wrong. However, this has been a long week. School is about to begin. I have several projects in the mix in which I would like to make progress. Tomorrow, I am speaking at a one day school retreat. Then, there were a few unexpected issues today.
Yet, it is ok to be tired.
- It feels ok to be tired when you know that your work is making a difference.
- It feels ok to be tired when you know your co-workers are working hard with you.
- It feels ok to be tired when you believe you are making progress.
- It feels ok to be tired when you like the people with whom you work.
- It feels ok to be tired when you know you’ve given your best that day.
- It feels ok to be tired when you’ve served the Lord and you know that in some way you brought him delight.
See Keith Ferrazzi’s fine post “Take Charge of Your Career: The Four Strategies of Staying Curious in Learning.” Ferrazzi is the author of “Never Eat Alone.”
See Brian Fanzo’s fine piece “My advice to Millennials: become a master storyteller.” Good advice.
Read Mislav Illic’s words from the Christian Chronicle regarding the death of his co-worker Mladen Jovanovic.
10 New Yorker religion articles to read while the archives are free.
Robert P. George in First Things. See “Advice for Young Scholars.”
See Elizabeth Gilbert’s transcript from her TED talk, “Your elusive creative genius.”
For the last 35 years, I have learned from a variety of people by simply asking questions. These are questions that I have thought about in advance. My goal is to glean something helpful from these individuals. What I wish to learn shapes the questions that are asked.
Typically, I will ask a person to coffee, lunch, or simply spend some time at that person’s office. We meet for an hour or less.
1. I interviewed the mayors of several of the communities where we lived in order to learn about the area. I simply asked these leaders for the opportunity to learn from them.
2. I have interviewed many, many preachers. I asked questions about ministry and preaching, as well as for guidance in experiencing a long term ministry. These conversations also included questions about spiritual formation, dealing with conflict, and overcoming discouragement.
3. I have interviewed business people. From these individuals I have learned much about personal organization, time management, and developing a process for getting things done.
4. I have interviewed husbands to learn about marriage. I have interviewed fathers to learn how to be a better father.
5. Finally, I have interviewed coaches, teachers, professors, and others to gain understanding about various aspects of work and life with the goal of personal growth.