3 steps to avoid ministry auto pilot

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I love the Heath brothers I have read all three of their books. I like their books because they start with a hypothesis then do research and mix in person stories and application. Recently I read a book they wrote called Decisive. In the book Decisive they tackle the idea of how we make decisions in life and work. I found the book very insightful and helpful.

One of the quotes that stood out to me is when they were referring to what they call “Mental tripwire”  They said this “We spend 90% of our time driving straight but it’s the turns that determine where we end up.” The basic idea of a mental trip wire is to wake you up from the numbness that routine provides. We do something so much and so often we switch to auto pilot and rather than turning when we need to we fly off the cliff of irrelevance.

Here are three mental trip wires you need to set in life and ministry.

  1. Make appointments trip wires for yourself with alarms on you calendar – Set an appointment with your self to exercise, think, pray, spend time with your wife and kids. If you don’t set aside time on purpose you will give it all away by accident. -
  2. Set feedback trip wires – Email out feedback surveys to those who attend, ask for feedback from those who attend your services, employ secret shoppers.
  3. Set evaluation trip wires – My friend Jim Wideman does this and I think is great either put on your calendar a question or use boomerang to send yourself an email in the future asking yourself questions you forget to ask. Is my passion for The Lord where it should be? Am I dating my wife? Am I leading with clarity or expecting with ambiguity.

All of Tim Keller Sermon’s? Yes Please.

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Recently I was approached by the good people over at Logos. They asked me to provide a review of some of their products. Being a big fan of Tim Keller’s preaching it was easy to decided where to start. I know what some of you may be thinking Logos is a bit pricy. I understand I have four kids and schools coming right around the corner so the Luce household doesn’t have a ton of extra cash lying around either. Here is what is great. Logos has a great iPad and iPhone app that is free. It comes we content loaded on it and they also offer free books each month you can download from their site. If money is an object you can buy some of the books they offer without buying the whole system which is very cool.

CMLeaders is a uniquely focuses on the leadership aspect of children’s ministry. It is a TED style conference with only large group sessions specifically aimed at growing the leadership level of those who lead Children and Youth Ministry. Make sure you register now for this life-changing event.

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This Only Happens Once a Year. Don’t Miss It.

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My friends have been working on putting this deal together for an entire year.  Hard to believe it’s finally here. The crazy thing is that it’s only available for 144 hours, then it’s over forever.  So, if you serve in ministry, don’t miss this one.  $97 for $1,500+ worth of Children’s Ministry resources.  Starts Friday, August 2 at noon and only lasts 144 hours.  Visit www.only144.com for details.  It’s epic, for sure.

Why you should read old books.

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I love to read. Even with my passionate desire to grow I sometimes find reading a challenge. What is even more difficult than reading books? Reading old books. I have been more intentional about reading books and reading lots of them in the past two years. One of the things I have been most intentional about lately is reading old books. I started by accident and by necessity reading old books but most recently I have done it on purpose. This is largely due to a C.S. Lewis quote I stumbled upon a few months back.

Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books. All contemporary writers share to some extent the contemporary outlook—even