Planning and evaluation: ministry flow charts

You can use your ministry planning and evaluation process to cooperate with what God is doing. Charts like the ones below (taken from my book Releasing Your Church’s Potential) can help you develop a framework that guides your ministry priorities and decisions...
What is God putting on your to-do list?

What is God putting on your to-do list?

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed looking at your to-do list, especially if you are faced with the prospect of additional demands. The best starting point is first finding out where you are currently spending your time. Record what you are doing and how much time...
The difference 10 minutes can make

The difference 10 minutes can make

I met a Guatemalan man named Gerber Perez, who now works with Mission Impact. When he was a young man, about 21, he got his first job teaching 3rd grade at a local school. Gerber made a practice of setting his watch ten minutes ahead so he would always arrive on time....
Annual time-budget seasons

Annual time-budget seasons

For many people, the way they spend their time isn’t consistent from week to week or even month to month. Some people are bi-vocational or have a trans-local ministry that requires more time during one season and less during another. They may have two or three...
Great TED Talk on Grit

Great TED Talk on Grit

I ran across this TED Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth recently about the value of “grit”– what followers of Jesus might term “perseverance.” It was a great talk, geared mainly toward educational settings, about how important this quality of “grit” is to success. At...