iPad Preaching

February 21, 2011

So, I’ve been preaching off my iPad for several weeks in a row now and I’m loving it. Here are a few thoughts:

– No paper! Uh, yeah, that’s a bit of a no brainer. But seriously, I just like the clean uncluttered feel of just my bible and my iPad.

– It’s brighter. I’m only 41, but I find the iPad screen a whole lot easier to focus on than my paper notes.

– I can transition from one page to the next with the slide of my finger. No more fumbling with sticky pages or getting on the wrong page.

– I have a paper back up. I’ve never had an iPad freeze or crash, but I do print off a copy of my notes just in case the worst happens.

– It’s modern. Say what you want, go ahead and throw stones, but I think some people appreciate that we’re embracing technology and using it for the Kingdom.

Other tips:

– I lock the screen so it doesn’t accidentally change orientation on me.

– I should turn the ‘auto-off’ off but I haven’t yet. If I get away from it for a few minutes it will go black. No biggie. I don’t think people even nootice me hitting the power button. As soon as I power on, it is there.

– I’m using an iPad app called ‘Good Reader’. When I synch I just go to apps, scroll down to Good Reader, get the file I want, and voila. Very nice.

 

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Top 5 Top 5’s

January 13, 2011

We had our first staff meeting of the new year yesterday. I took us through an exercise to help us focus on the most pressing issues each of us are facing as we begin 2011. Also, there are only 4 months left of our church year and I want us to finish strong. Here it is:

1. Top 5 things that need my best energy and ideas. (Leadership)

2. Top 5 things that need immediate improvements. (Hustle)

3. Top 5 things that I need to recruit someone else to do. (Delegation)

4. Top 5 things that I need to promote or communicate better. (Communication)

5. Top 5 things that I need to initiate. (Innovation)


MAP Ministry Action Plan

September 15, 2010

The MAP is the core document we use at Crosspoint for ministry alignment. Each staff person is responsible for completing it in detail, submitting it on time, and sticking to their objectives. I don’t have an Executive Pastor, so the MAP’s come to me. I review them and discuss them with the staff. I’ll adjust things up or down if I feel I need to. The main objectives are clarity, vision consistency across multiple ministries, and strategies. I’ve copied the doc below. If you are in ministry and you’d like the file emailed to you in pages or word, just ask and I’d be happy to ship it off to you.

MAP 2.0

Crosspoint

August, 2010

Vision: Crosspoint exists to lead hundreds of people to Jesus.

MAP Purpose: The MAP is meant to help you with ministry alignment. We want you to be clear about what we’re asking you to do and where God is leading you. The MAP should answer 3 main questions: What is the current status of my ministries? Where do they need to be? How will they get there?

  1. Crosspoint needs me to give exceptional leadership to these ministries/areas:
  • List other areas that you are involved with but aren’t the primary leader
  1. Crosspoint needs me to be a leader of leaders. Here are the key leaders that I am investing in. These people are leading ministries and equipping others for involvement:

Total # of people involved in my ministry now: _________

Total # of volunteers I need by May 2011: _________

Things I’m doing to equip, train, lead, and inspire my volunteer team:

  1. Some serious evaluation. Starting with my largest responsibility, this is the current status of that ministry, how it can change to grow and be even better, and my strategy to make that happen:
  • Give us your thoughts, numbers, circumstances (I had 40 snow days in a row…) etc. Doesn’t need to be long. Just accurate. Where, in a God-awesome state of renewal, would you really like to see that ministry? Detail your plan to get it from A to B.

4. Other stuff:

I’m really not flexible about flexibility. You have to be willing to do whatever it takes to help Crosspoint realize the vision God has given us.

Also:

  • Daily office hours
  • Other ministry time as required. If you want regular hours, you know what to do.
  • Take your day off.
  • Be on time and ready, as a professional, for all activities under your leadership. Make sure your people know what’s going on. Remember, when they don’t know, they ask me.
  • Be loyal to all things Crosspoint. Lead Pastor, staff, people, ideas, etc.
  • Christlike character. We are setting an example. People watch every thing you do. Twitter. Blogs. Music. Movies. Don’t embarrass me and please don’t make me come and talk to you about this stuff.

We are all privileged to work at a great church like Crosspoint. Let’s enjoy this as much as we can. If we continue to honor God, preach and teach Jesus, and get pumped over changed lives, good things will continue to happen. God, keep us humble. Help us to stay out of Your way.



Consistency

May 8, 2010

My leadership theme word from the past week or so has been ‘consistency’. So, it’s time to blog something about it.

– If you are trying to do too much, you won’t be consistent.

– Consistency reminds people that whatever we do, it will be done well.

– People will invite others to church when they feel secure about the week to week consistency of the worship experience.

– Moody, up and down, sporadic, impulsive leadership puts everyone on edge. A staff ‘settles in’ when they know the leader operates out of consistency.

– Consistency makes it easier to clarify the expectations.

– Consistency makes it easier to measure results.

– Consistency is not complacency. We are consistently doing our best to get better, grow, learn, and advance the Kingdom.

– Consistency honors God and takes a lot of second-guessing out of leadership. If you do your best and give your best you won’t drive yourself crazy by wondering what you could have done differently. Just stay consistently on course, listening to the Spirit. Leave the results (outcomes) with God.


Taking Initiative

January 14, 2010

I’m sure that any Crosspoint staff who are reading this just groaned when they saw the title. I’m a bit of a freak when it comes to initiative. 😉 Here are some thoughts:

– Initiative is the gap between what you are told to do or what your job description outlines for you and the actual steps you take to make sure it is done. Beyond expectations.

– Initiative is imperative because it demonstrates your resourcefulness and determination.

– Without initiative you are stuck or you steal ideas from others or you over-depend on your boss for direction.

– My style is to intentionally leave gaps for initiative. Too much direction can be ‘management smother’. Too much freedom can be irresponsible. The space that I leave in there is your opportunity to get it done with excellence.

– People who continuously just do enough are missing the whole point. There is probably always someone else who wants their job and would gladly do more than is expected. A job description is not the finish line. It’s the starting point. There are no limits.

– My personal initiative is driven by changed lives. I believe the local church is the hope of the world and I’m determined to get up every day and make something happen that can lead more people to Jesus.

– People with initiative are learners and scroungers. They just keep digging until they break through. They also have an entrepreneurial edge that loves the challenge of creating, designing, and launching new ideas.

– Good leaders reward and highlight initiative. Even if it is a free Starbucks or having your idea mentioned at staff meeting – rewarding initiative generates more initiative.

– Initiative is a reflection of work ethic. Whenever there is a void of initiative you should be looking for a bigger problem. Is the person unhappy? Do they have what they need to get things done? Have they hit the lid? Are they coasting? Smart people should be able to realize on their own when a certain program or ministry needs a fresh infusion of ideas. If you can’t see that morale is low, attendance is down, everything is a mess, etc, then we have bigger things to talk about before we discuss initiative.


How To Approach A New Season of Ministry

May 7, 2009

May is the beginning of a new ‘church year’ in the Wesleyan World. Not sure why it is done that way. It just is. Sooo, our staff meeting this week was the first one of the new year and I shared some thoughts with our team on how to approach it. Here are my notes:

1st Staff Meeting in May

 

A lot can happen in a year. 

It’s good to reflect. But that’s it. Just reflect. 

Don’t linger. Don’t stare. Don’t agonize. 

You can’t go back. You can only learn and adjust. 

 

 

Reset the Vision. Re-energize yourself.

 

1. Reset the Vision

 

At the most basic level, I am asking you to join my vision for this church. 

Your mandate then is to cultivate creative ministry environments where people can experience the vision of Crosspoint. 

 

Go back, look at everything you are doing and see how it fits our mission of seeing people of all ages becoming fully-devoted followers of Jesus. 

 

Is your model simple?

Is it done with excellence?

Any areas you are embarrassed of?

Could we video your ministries and send it out to 10 people you respect?

Are lives being changed?

Are new people coming?

How is the energy?

How is the morale of your volunteers?

Are you communicating?

Are there things you said you would do (initiatives) and they never happened?

What are you avoiding?

Who are you avoiding?

Do your people know you care about them?

Are you being stretched professionally?

Are you growing spiritually?

Where are your new ideas coming from?

What motivates you?

 

Your ministry needs to be alive and dynamic in a way that points to the regenerating life-giving power of the Cross. 

Energy, creativity, and enthusiasm are only proper approaches to God’s message. 

Anything less is ministerial malpractice. 

 

2. Re-energize yourself. 

 

Ministry should not be a hazard to your health. 

You can’t give it your best if you aren’t feeling your best. 

Exercise. Rest. Eating well. 

 

I understand that life can be messy and that we are all doing life together. 

You need to take responsibility for your own energy levels and how much horse power you can bring to work each day. 

 

This can lower your stress level. 

It can change your outlook and approach to large or even overwhelming projects. 

 

When your energy level is high you will tackle your day with confidence.

You will clarify your priorities. 

You will dream bigger dreams. 

 

A lack of energy shuts down the creative dreams in you because your body doesn’t want to take on anything more. 

 


Working Smarter

April 17, 2009

Mark Brewer is our Creative Arts, media, production, coolnicity, all things googly app-ly Pastor. Check out this post on a few new things he is using to help us be more productive.