3 steps to avoid ministry auto pilot


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.

Why preparing to speak should make you nervous


Most people say that they  are more afraid of speaking in public than they are of death. Which is understandable on one level and crazy on another. I guess when you are dead you can’t read posts on facebook of people comment on how bad you did.  I like most people was at one point in my life very afraid to speak in front of other people, but if God has called you to be a pastor and lead others it’s a fear you don’t have the luxury of retaining.

Here is the reality that even though I have preached many messages and spoken at conferences I still need to be nervous at the right time, because when and what makes you nervous tells a lot about you. I still get nervous after years of experience but what makes me most nervous presently is very different from what used to make me nervous.

So excited to announce that Jim Breuer will be coming to our church to do a benefit concert for kids and families struggling with Autism. We will start selling tickets next week for 20-30 and 40 dollars. The event will take place friday night October 11th, 7pm at our Utica Campus. All the money we make after expenses will go towards funding our new ministry to kids and families struggling with Autism and other special needs as well.  We hope you come out and have a great night and support a great ministry that our church will be launching in the next year.

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For those who are new to the Christian faith, young in the Christian faith John Stott’s book Basic Christianity is a must read. I first read Basic Christianity when I was 13 years old. It was a tough read for a 13-year-old but I did it. I read Basic Christianity again in college and found it much more understandable. I am very excited that it is the free download from Christian Audio this month. I am grateful that this book was written and even more thankful that it is free over at Christian Audio.  Get it now before it’s Gone.

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Harold Ramis, the actor and director most famous to people of my generation for his role as Egon in the movie “Ghostbusters”, once laid out his rule for success: “Find the most talented person in the room, and if it’s not you , go stand next to him. Hang out with him, try and be helpful.”

If you ever find that you the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room.