We are On the Same Team

Churches should compete together, not against one another

We’re on the same team, and I’m glad. So, let’s not compare ourselves to one another or compete with one another.

It’s a real discipline to learn how to be around other churches constantly without beginning to compare. Many pastors are preoccupied privately with what others are doing–whether it’s someone or some church they look up to, or a fellow church in their community. Some view those churches as competitors–though they would rarely admit so.

At some point, most church leaders will have at least a moment when they get tired of hearing about the throngs baptized at the church down the street–or the brilliant idea someone else had that garnered the community’s attention. We’ll get tired of it because it usually happens when things are flat-lined for us.

Please hear me:

Comparing yourself to others is a zero sum endeavor.

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 158

Chargers, Media, Trump, & Fitness

stream of consciousness

Here’s what’s on my mind this morning: This is the first Stream I’ve published in a while. There is a really profound reason: I haven’t wanted to. Early in my blogging career I used to write even when I didn’t want to. These days, I write when I have something to say. Even then I […]

Planning for “Whatever”

Turning Interruptions into Opportunities

Leveraging one’s schedule is vital to effective ministry, and there’s one tool that’s helped me a lot: blocking out certain times for “whatever.” It’s not an elegant name for it, but it accurately describes what can be done during those times. Whatever. This way of scheduling my day changed my attitude toward “interruptions” in my hardened schedule that had little margin. Here’s how I do it: