Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
- The people you hire will determine the level of your success
- Hire slow, fire fast
- Hiring superior people is a learned skill. That gives me hope.
- The best interviewers don't make the best employees.
- Boring job descriptions usually attract the worst candidates
- Clarity on what you want the new hire to do is critical
- Develop a hiring system that enables you to hire the best people
- Never hire an inexperienced person for an important job
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I've been totally blow away by all the great feedback from the Father's Day message, especially the advice my grandfather gave to start a "family altar." He described the family altar as a daily time you spend with your family reading the Bible, talking about it, and praying together. I'll never forget when he said that most of our conflict and difficulties in our homes would be done away with if we simply read God's word together, prayed for one another, out loud, by name - every day.
So, many of you have asked for help in how to read your Bible. Well, you can take my Pop's advice and just start read in Genesis and make your way to Revelation. Or, you can take the e100 challenge. The e100 Challenge will give you the top 100 stores from the Bible; 50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament. I highly recommend taking the challenge.
Just go here to get more information and sign up today.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
- Had an awesome Father's Day today. My kids all wore their Steeler's jerseys for me. They took me out to Big Daddy's - a local eatery. Had an awesome Prime Rib. Thanks guys. So thankful for Bekah and my kids.
- My Dad and Grandfather joined me for a Father's Day interview at PCC. It was probably the most memorable experience I've ever had in church. They did such an awesome job sharing real life stories of what it means to be a man of faith. So much practical stuff. My 93 year old grandfather stole the show - he was incredible. So thankful and blessed for the rich spiritual heritage that's been passed on to me.
- My whole family was also in church today. So great to have them in church and spend time with them this afternoon.
- Having a great time hanging out with my brother and his family tonight. Watching some reruns of the US Open golf tournament. Doesn't look too good for Tiger.
- Have an incredibly busy work week lined up. Staff conferrals...Elder Team meeting...Consultants in town...Strategizing for the next stage of growth at PCC...Sermon prep for the new series "Life of the B List" (8 week study on the Matthew 5:1-12 on the Beattitudes that kicks off July 12)...
- Need to prepare some lectures for July- I was invited to speak at the Seminarians Conference at AGTS
- Praying for our Student Youth Ministry team headed to El Salvador for a week long missions trip. Godspeed Underground!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
If you need to know how to do small groups at your church or need practical insight on how to increase your giving and set up a solid stewardship plan at your church - than you need to come to this seminar.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
However, working "on" my church is akin to taking a ride in the plane and looking at the church from 30,000 feet in the air. It involves asking tons of tough questions like, "are all my systems in place and firing on all cylinders?"; "do I have all the right staff in the right place for the current ministry and who do I need to hire to go to the next level?", "are we accomplishing the vision of the church and how do we know - what tools are in place to measure organizational effectiveness?" and on and on and on.
I've been working "on" the church harder the last couple days than ever. Working "on" your church is kind of like a double-edged sword for me. On one hand, this kind of stuff excites me and fills my mind with anticipation for all that God is going to do in the future. On the other hand, it scares me to death when I consider how in world are we ever going to get all this done.
How about you? What are you working "on" not just "in". Your marriage ... career ... parenting ... heath ... home?
You can take a 30,000 foot perspective on your life by just sitting at your kitchen table and starting thinking and dreaming and working "on" it, not just "in" it.
Monday, June 08, 2009
Unfortunately, many aren't experiencing that dynamic real life in Christ because we have failed to learn how to "feed ourselves" from the Word of God - the Bible. Too often Christians settle for secondary sources of spiritual sustenance. These are "spoon fed" Christians that rely on others.
If you want to really live - feed your soul, not just your face. Learn how to dig into God's word and apply it to your life.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Meaningful worship. Dynamic teaching. Relevant Sermon series. Creativity. Excellence. Souls impacted for the kingdom of God. I truly believe that every pastor and worship pastor strives for these elements every Sunday. How do we get there? Well, I can say with certainty that the most important relationship in the worship planning process is the pastor/worship pastor relationship. Now, having said that, here's another truth. Potentially the greatest tension in the worship planning process is the pastor/worship planning relationship.
I've had the privilege of being involved in a Worship Leader Coaching Network for the past 4 months. I know that Pastor Dave has mentioned this before in the past, but its worth saying again. If you're not involved in some type of mentoring / coaching relationship as a pastor or worship pastor, you are definitely missing out. I have both been encouraged and learned many things just over the past few months. Let me just say a quick thanks to my coach Jason Hatley. Thanks Jason for all your help! Now, back to this relationship. It has the potential to make or break your planning and implementation of worship services. If its non-existent, trust me, it will show on Sunday mornings. I don't believe that any of us want a bad relationship, I believe the problem lies more in the fact that we are not actively engaged in making it happen. Sometimes we can assume that "it will all just work out". I am blessed to have a Pastor that takes this relationship seriously. I can honestly say that we work together and actively engage in the process of worship planning. We meet weekly to evaluate the services and spend time on creative planning elements, song selection, and future series topics. While I have a great Pastor and friend in Dave, there are also things that I MUST do to help this relationship. Here are some of my responsibilities: a) Loyalty to the Pastor, b) Trust - its one of the greatest gifts I can give him; c) Excellence in my area; and d) Communication.
I hope each of you can say your relationship with your pastor, or if you are a pastor, your relationship with your worship pastor is great. If you can't say that, here are a few steps you can take to start turning the relationship in an active direction.
1. Commitment: "trust + loyalty" - are you committed to this relationship?
2. Clarify Roles: you must have role clarity or you will have role confusion.
3. Communication: "the biggest problem with communication is the assumption that it is taking place".
4. Create Systems: ensure that there are systems around that help you continue the relationship.
I want to encourage you to take a moment and evaluate your relationship as a pastor or worship pastor. Maybe take some time this week and meet with each other and have an open dialogue about this relationship. Trust me, it will have a positive impact on your Sunday mornings!
Monday, June 01, 2009
Worship service planning. It's not what it used to be. I can remember years ago writing a list of songs down on a piece of paper for each musician before a Sunday service. You know....3 fast, 3 slow and an 'offeratory' for your ONE Sunday morning service. Standard protocol in the late 80's early 90's. You had your 4-5 musicians that played every Sunday and you had a rehearsal, well, tried to have rehearsals if you could get the 4 guys to show up. Chord charts weren't really an issue (most of the songs were right there in the hymnal) and an mp3 might as well have been a cousin to C3PO.
Fast foward to 2009. Multiple services, multiple teams, chord charts galore, and you can't survive without a rehearsal. It can be very overwhelming coordinating all those things as a Worship Pastor. We all want every Sunday to be meaningful and want to be sure that our teams have all the resources they need. Here at PCC I found myself scrambling much more than I had planned. I wanted to make sure everyone was in the loop and had their resources (charts, words, mp3s, etc.). Great goal, but tough to achieve with 3 services and over 35 members on my team. I did alot of research on the internet about service planning options and tried many 'free trials'. Now, I'm not a salesman or representative for this program, just a Worship Pastor trying to be an intentional leader. I came across a web based program called Planning Center Online. If you are looking, or needing, some help in organizing your team and services then you may want to check them out (of course there are other ones on the web as well). I have used it for 2 months and I love it! I can plan service orders, attach chord charts, mp3s, lyric sheets, etc. All my team members get emails when I schedule them and they can either accept or decline the request (it can even send them text messages if they choose to get them). And my team LOVES it. They can see plans ahead of time and have the resources they need to prepare for rehearsals. Most of all, they feel connected! We communicate via email, I can send them updates on songs, and our rehearsals are much smoother as a result. If you're struggling with planning your services and rehearsals, be encouraged....there are solutions out there that can help. It's nice when technology can help us with the administrative parts of our ministry so we can focus more on people!