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Thom Rainer writes that Monday is one of the best days for sermon prep since the previous week’s sermon is still fresh on the pastor’s mind and it’s easier to have continuity from one message to another. In addition, sermon prep early in the week relieves stress and provides time throughout the week to refine the message while ensuring nothing gets in the way of the message as new concerns arise during the week.
Click here to read the full story from Thom Rainer. Why this is important for church leaders? Less stress, more time for ideas, need I say more?
  • Schedule, schedule, schedule: Can you set aside time every week, perhaps a 4-hour stretch on Monday or Tuesday morning, to focus solely on sermon preparation? Once you know and everyone else knows when you’re working on sermon prep, they’ll be less likely to interrupt and you’ll be free to focus.
  • Changing Locations: If your church is typically closed on Mondays, you may do well to prepare your sermon at the library of a seminary or nearby Christian school where you’ll have plenty of resources, space to work, and minimal distractions. Failing that, consider taking a few key resources to a local café.
  • Get your team on involved: Your team probably knows the ebb and flow of your week almost as well as you do. Are there one or two people who can provide an outside perspective on how to change your weekly schedule?
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We’ve all been in a church business meeting when someone has said it. It’s the goto line to justify ministry expenditures, and according to Scott Cochrane, it is a dangerous lie. The line? “If just one person…” You may have heard it used like this: If just one person takes a big step towards God… If just one person starts reading the Bible regularly… If just one person invites someone far from God into their home… Scott pushes back saying that if just one person is doing this… it’s probably a waste of resources. In this edition of Ministry Briefing we discuss Scott’s thoughts, and whether there is a better way to use those funds. How do YOU approach “just one” thinking? todd  

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Has your church stopped growing? Is it plateaued? Is it in decline? Carey Nieuwhof suggests you ask yourself some tough questions. 1. Is your sense of mission white hot? Effective, growing churches have a white hot sense of mission that is all consuming.  Many times churches that have stopped growing have lost the urgency of their mission. 2. Are you focused on unchurched people or yourselves? Carey talks about the gravitational pull of any church being toward insiders, not outsiders. To address this, you need to base your decisions and focus on who you want to reach, not who you want to keep. 3.  Has your strategy or approach become dated? What got you here won’t necessarily get you there. Maybe your strategy has sopped be effective. 4. Are you on top of the constant change in our culture? Everything’s changing. Rapidly. Are you relating to the people you are trying to reach? 5. When was the last time you personally invited someone to church? Yeouch. Carey says: If almost no one at your church knows any unchurched people, it’s no mystery why your church isn’t growing. Read more here. Thoughts? todd