Is it OK to be Busy in Ministry? [EP:107]

Sep 02, 2021

Are you busy in ministry?  Is it ok to be busy in ministry?


I will admit that there was a time when I didn’t think it was ok to be busy and I’m now rethinking this idea. I think it depends on what we mean when we say “busy.”

 

Here are some definitions of busy:

  • activity or fully engaged or occupied
  • Crowded with or characterized by much activity
  • Constant at work, diligent; active.

 

My friend Amber doesn’t use the word busy. She substitutes the word busy with productive. For her, busyness means a time of increased productivity.

 

So, if we think about those definitions and concepts of busy there is really nothing wrong with being fully engaged, productive, diligent, and active. Jesus was all of those things. He was active in the work God gave Him. He was focused. There isn’t anything wrong with having seasons where there is a lot to do. Even seasons where you might have to make adjustments for the short term...

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The Biggest Mistake You Can Make In Ministry [EP:101]

Jul 22, 2021

Do you like to plan? 

I know I do. It makes me feel accomplished. Productive. In control. Planning eases my anxiety because I know what to expect. Plan the work then work the plan, right?

The problem is we rarely actually work the plan. We spend time, energy, resources getting everything we need to create a long term plan...we plan the work, but rarely do we work the plan.

God may have given you a vision, a word, a calling, and unless God tells you otherwise, that doesn’t change...but how we live it out does. Things change. We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow.

I am already hearing the anxieties from many leaders about what will happen this fall. What will be possible in a world where we are living with COVID-19? And we spend a lot of time thinking, wondering, worrying, and trying to plan.

Here's the thing: We don’t know what will happen tomorrow. 


This week I started to read the book Win the Day, by Mark Batterson. I only got through...

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Planning Ministry for 2021 [Ep:074]

Dec 10, 2020

In this challenging season that has been shaped by a global pandemic, life and ministry have been difficult. And although we will turn the page on 2020 and move into a new year, much will stay the same. We will continue to stretch and grow our flexibility muscles and adapt. 

So, how do you plan for ministry in 2021? We still have people to serve and ministry to do. What should we keep in mind as we look ahead? In this episode, Jen shares important reminders and tips to keep you moving forward.

  • Less is more
  • Lower your expectations
  • Change the way you measure success
  • Get comfortable with unpredictability
  • Identify your big rocks
  • Plan for rhythms of rest for you and your people/organization
  • Don't get ahead of yourself...just take the next right step

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