Category: Church Staff
Ephesians tells all husbands to love their wife as Christ loves the church. Ephesians, though, doesn’t tell you to love your wife the same way I love mine. In fact, the Bible doesn’t tell me to love my wife the same way for my entire life. I don’t know about you, but if I loved my wife today and showed her that I love her the same way I did 20 years ago, she’d be done with me. She’s changed, I’ve changed, culture’s changed, and my way of loving her has changed.
Scheduling, series, and sermon planning is one of the “biggys” for the church. It’s one of those things that we have to get down because so much of what we do rises and falls on the church calendar and scheduling.
That being said, for years I’ve suffered through trying to get it all “right.” I’ve tried different systems, different wall calendars, and software. I’ve tried to get the calendar scheduled on google calendars and a whole bunch of other things.
A few months ago, I had what I kinda think was an epiphany. I figured out a way that I could see the entire thing all at once and move leaders and staff through the thought process. Over the next few posts, I’m gonna be breaking these down more.
Here’s a quick outline of what we’ve come up with…
Stanford University did a study a while back to see how people communicate. They divided people into 2 sections… guessers and tappers. The tappers job was to tap out common songs and the guessers were to guess what song they were tapping. When asked before the study, the tappers said that they believed the guessers would get about 1/2 of the songs correct just by hearing the tap. At the end of the study, guessers got around 2 % of the songs right.
I watched Diana Nyad recently tell the story of her historical swim from Cuba to Florida. It was an inspiring story and she shared a few of the reasons that allowed her to accomplish a feat many tried before her, but all met with failure. Here are a few of the “strategies” she mentioned.
Diana praised her “world class” team for protecting her from everything from killer jelly fish to sharks and pushing her further than she ever dreamed. It’s not a secret that bringing the best team with you will push you!
Look for those who can push you the most in what God has for you, not just those who will tell you you’re doing great, when in fact you are about to drown.
My father in law taught me a lot about bees before he died. He raised them and harvested their honey for years. And they never ceased to amaze him for all those years.
Bees are amazing, but they have four main objectives:
They will build a hive,
protect the hive with force,
sustain themselves with honey,
The teams in our churches desperately need to keep these four qualities in the fore front of their minds.