- You’re still called. Remember that you are called to where God has you. The moments that are the hardest in life and in ministry are typically when God is trying to teach you something, your church, family or team.
- Stay focused in your area. When leading is hard, everyone else seems to have an easier time. When a Sunday is mediocre for you, just go on Twitter and you will find 20 guys who just had a revival while you preached to the sleeping masses. Don’t look over the fence. Don’t brush up your resume. Don’t look up churches looking for a pastor. This isn’t the time.
- Keep everyone focused. If you are a disappointed, it will eventually bleed into your team. You as a leader must keep them focuses on the vision and away from disappointment. Celebrate whatever you can think of.
- Don’t sin. When you are at a low point in life, sin is right around the corner. Whether it is jealousy, gossip or falling into an addiction. Keep your guard up, be aware. Don’t fail in the midst of disappointment.
- Take a break. When you are disappointed, it might be time for a vacation. You may be burning out, simply running out of things to give those around you and you need to get a better handle on life and ministry.
Of course, this is NOT a real study… but a graphic compiled by Chris Rosebrough… one of my discernment friends. He also lists scripture references for each point. I’d like to hear what YOU think about this. How does this correlate with how you see the work of the church in evangelism? How does this relate to how your church relates to the non-Christian. I was challenged on Twitter that I would ignore this study. OK… I took the bait. 🙂 What do YOU think? Is this helpful at all in understanding the unchurched, non-christian mindset? Leave your comment below… Thanks, ToddYesterday, I featured a post about why people attend church. Today, I give you this post about why non-christians are NOT attending church:
Organisations will not flourish if their employees are stressed, irrespective of the source of stress, so it is in their interest to encourage their employees to switch their phones off; cut the number of work emails sent out of hours, reduce people’s temptation to check their devices.If you need to cut the stress level for the rest of the afternoon, try shutting off your smartphone for an hour. Do the same with your facebook and twitter accounts; and with your gmail. You’ll find that you’ll be a little less ‘on the edge’. And that nothing catestrophic will probably happen in the next hour. If something does, just put out the fire and move on. Give it a try; and share here how it felt. SOURCE
— 46 percent of those in religious groups use social networking sites — almost identical to the 47 percent of all adults.
— 60 percent of both groups use text messaging.
— 79 percent of those actively involved in religious groups use the Internet while 76 percent of all adults do so. — 9 percent of weekly churchgoers use Twitter (15 percent of monthly churchgoers and 14 percent of less frequent churchgoers do so).
— 26 percent of weekly churchgoers make donations online (35 percent of monthly churchgoers; 27 percent of less frequent churchgoers).
— 70 percent of weekly churchgoers who have a cell phone send or receive text messages (80 percent of monthly churchgoers; 77 percent of less frequent churchgoers).
— 36 percent of weekly churchgoers use their cell phone to access the Internet (51 percent of monthly churchgoers; 45 percent of less frequent churchgoers). via Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Baptist Press