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Are we making disciples of Jesus and centering our churches around him and his mission? Or are we too busy making our own survival as an organization the most important thing?
Seek to arrange your days in such a way that allows you to get things done, and make sure that one of those things is resting in God, enjoying time with him, using the life he has given you, and being with the people he has surrounded you with. That is the heart of the Sabbath.
I would argue that sometimes the greatest dents you leave in your kids for their growth in Jesus is not when you do things well but when you’ve done them horribly wrong and repented well. Give your kids the grace of repenting well.
In a world of omnipresent screens, it can be easy to forget the simple pleasure of curling up with a good book … But the truth is that reading books can be more than entertainment (or a high school English assignment).
- Evangelistic preaching is not based on market analysis.
- Evangelistic preaching offers a clear message for our hearers to either reject or accept.
- Evangelistic preaching cannot program the results in advance; we must have faith in God’s role in the preaching event.
- We focus on others, often to the neglect of ourselves.
- We replace spiritual disciplines with ministry activity.
- We do ministry in our own power.
- We think failure will never happen to us.
- We ignore our “little” sins.
- We see people as the enemy.
- We minister in the secret places of others’ lives.
- We have few real friends.
- Excessive activities can actually preclude members from growing spiritually.
- A church that is too busy rarely evaluates the effectiveness of its activities.
- Activity-focused churches are often inwardly focused.
- A busy church can hurt families.
- Activity-focused churches can cause member burnout.
- It is difficult for a church to do a few things well when it does too many things.
- Busy churches often lack vision clarity.
- What’s your sweet spot and how much of your time are you spending in it these days?
- In your weekly routine, what are you having to manufacture energy to do?
- Who are you spending time with that you don’t need to be spending time with?
- Who are you not spending time with that you need to be spending time with or need to be spending more time with?
- What areas of your ministry are seeing the most traction these days and what are you doing to further that?
- What areas of your ministry are seeing the least traction?
- If you were an outside consultant, what would you tell you and your team to do?