How I save 3 to 4 hours a week.

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I stumbled upon Sanebox a few weeks ago and it has been a game changer for me. I am by no means a super power email user but I get my fair share of emails every week. I would spend a few hours a week archiving old and information only emails. One of the common problems was important emails would get pushed off the important front page of my gmail account. Getting pushed of the front page would push it from my mind and many important emails would get lost or delayed because it was out of sight out of mind.

Lifechurch.tv launches Develop.me

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Looking for a great tool to help you develop those you lead. Develop.me looks like just the thing for you. I was really excited when I realized that the development strategy was goal based and not numbers driven. Helping your team meet their goals both professional and personal will go a long way in creating trust and building a stronger team.

Here is the best part its free. I love the passion and the vision the people at Lifechurch have. Their passion to for excellence within their church but also beyond their church is tangible. I have met a few lifechurch staff and am always blown away by their continued passion to learn and grow.

If you lead a team or are part of a team you definitely need to check out Develop.me

Here is a short video explaining what it’s all about.

Resources to help you lead.

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One of the things I love about going to conferences is coming home with more than I left with. Last week I was honored to be able to help Jim Wideman lead his Infuse 7 retreat. Infuse is like a conference for 20-30 people with fewer main sessions and way more opportunities to connect. I did a couple of breakouts which I enjoyed but I wanted to share with you some of the new things and resources I came away with that will help me and I hope they help you.

If you have never done Infuse and serve in Kids or Youth ministry you need to. It will transform how you lead.

International Critical Commentary from Logos

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The International Critical Commentary (ICC) is one of the most important commentary series of the twentieth century. They bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis—linguistic, textual, archaeological, historical, literary, and theological—to help the reader understand the meaning of Old and New Testament books. If you are a serious student of the Bible you need to get your hands on as many of the ICC commentaries as you can find. The commentary on Romans and Matthew are particularly well done. The ICC has long been the standard for biblical exegesis and is definitely worth owning.  I know what some of you may be thinking. I am a kids pastor or youth pastor I don’t need a commentary. I would counter and say you need a commentary more than you think you do. Communicating for kids and youth doesn’t mean you dumb down your message. It means you have to more fully understand what you are teaching so that you can explain it more simply.