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 bold print to read the entire article.)
If we are proactive in time management, scheduling out time can help us leave the worries of tomorrow until tomorrow. So, for example, let’s say you have a massive project you have to get done at work, and you find yourself disobediently worrying about getting it all done. But you very much want to obey what Jesus said. Perhaps a practical step in the right direction would be to break up that project into smaller chunks and then schedule time into the next several weeks to accomplish each one.
The language we choose to use is important because it both reflects and builds culture at the same time. And one of the most obvious ways to tell if a church is insider-focused or outsider-focused is the language they choose to use. It either says that the church is “inclusive” or “exclusive.”
In helping churches get unstuck and make vision real, I’ve run across a number of insider-focused ministry names. In fact here’s a link to a post with a free tool you can use as you begin to evaluate your own ministry names and the language you’re using in your church. Remember it’s always more important to be clear than clever. Here’s a quick list of 10 insider-focused ministry names to give you an idea of what I’m talking about.