(Normally, Ministry Inside appears on Thursdays. However, I am going to publish a day early.)
2. You might want to read John Mark Hicks’ post The Church Has Left the Building. John Mark, a theologian, is always thoughtful and reflective in his writing.
3. It is difficult for a church family to rise above the level of its leadership. It is very difficult for people to imagine a faith or a life of discipleship that they have not witnessed in their ministers, preachers, pastors, elders, or others whom they might look to as their models.
I don’t say this in order to be critical of church leaders. I do think we need to wake up. So often leaders believe that what they need to do is to just get the church moving in a certain direction. We may devise various plans in order to get this done. However, this can easily become just another well meaning attempt at constructing a future. Maybe one of the most important places to start in approaching the future is in addressing one’s own soul transformation.
4. There are several tools that I use for my own personal organization. I use Google calendar to record all appointments, special dates, events, etc. Google calendar is easy to use and accesible both on my laptop and iPhone. I enter the information online and also keep a hard copy of my calendar in my notebook. I also use Backpack as a way to organize my projects and the tasks that are necessary in order to complete these projects. (My organizational page is set up with an approach that I have learned through David Allen’s Getting Things Done .) In my notebook, I have a hard copy of each project (anything that requires more than one step in order to get it done.) Under each project, I have listed various actions that must take place in order to make progress on this project.
On my Backpack page and in my note book is a page called, “Next Actions.” This is the closest thing that I have to a “to do” list. The next actions are broken down into the following categories:
- Really Important (two or three actions that are really important today)
- Big Things this Week (one or two actions that really need to take place this week)
- E-Mail (someone whom I need to write)
- On the Phone (someone whom I need to call. Maybe a word beside the name reminding me of the subject)
- Talk with (someone whom I need to talk with)
- To Go (errands I need to do)
- At the Mac (something that I need to do at my computer. Maybe a book to be ordered or something I need to look up)
- Waiting on (someone whom I am waiting on for an ok, for confirmation, for information, etc.)