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Thursday Three For All

It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)


Why Your Church Views Volunteers the Wrong Way

(via @_paulalexander) What he said. So much good stuff in here.

Jesus said, “I did not come to be served but to serve.” Serving others is both the pathway to and pinnacle of spiritual maturity. Volunteering is not a means to an end (getting the ministry accomplished), it is the end because volunteers are not roles to be filled but people to be developed. When ministry staff members say things like, “We need more volunteers to make ministry happen,” they begin using people instead of ministering to people. Volunteering is discipleship!


Start With a Full Calendar

(via @jazer) I’ve long been a fan of mapping out your ideal week. If that seems like to much microscheduling, John may have the ideal solution for you with just a tweak.

I just love an empty calendar. It promises something valuable and rare: Time. Time to think, to work, to do whatever the hell you want.

But for most people, empty calendars aren’t realistic. And that includes me.

My calendar often looks like a minefield. A 15-minute “quick chat” explodes, destroying Tuesday afternoon. I agree to present at a local conference at 11 a.m. on Thursday — hey, at least I’ll have the afternoon free — but forget that public speaking sucks up all my energy. Our regular team meeting is every Monday, which means that all I’m doing every Monday is attending our regular team meeting.


America’s Most Misspelled Words

(via @laughingsquid) How did “sheriff” – undoubtedly the hardest-to-spell word in the English language – not make the cut?. (Also: you guys okay up there, New Hampshire?)


photo credit: Jason Mathis

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