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9 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started

I have been in ministry for about 19 years and I will say it's been an amazing journey. I have served as a volunteer, intern, Jr. High Director, College Pastor, Student Ministries Pastor, Children's Pastor, and I currently pastor the church I planted about 6 years ago. It has truly been a wonderful time and journey. That said, there are a few things I wish I really understood before I started: Motivations matter way more than people tend to acknowledge. Sifting through my motivations and then making sure I don't allow my impure motivations to drive my decisions takes a considerable amount of effort and intentionality - far more than I like to admit.Being alone is way more normal in leadership than people realize. Personally, I never really feel lonely, but I do feel alone. I almost never move in a direction without a team totally on board, but I am always "ahead" of the team in ways...which means I'm alone a lot.Making meaningful decisions on Sunday is ludicr…

3 Tricks To Managing Emails

If you're anything like me managing email is nothing less than burdensome. Add onto that Twitter DM's, Facebook messages, and text messages...at times there is just too much to respond to for a personality like mine. I've made some adjustments in the way I manage social media that has helped, but I have also learned a few "tricks" to managing email. Some of these may not apply to you or your context, but maybe you would get an idea or two that could help.

So, here are three quick "tricks" I use:

Close the door.  When I respond to an email I make sure I don't have anything left for me to do when I click send.  If I don't have all the information I need to get back to the person, I wait until I do before replying.  This cuts way down on the back-and-forth emails that tend to be unnecessary.Hit the Delete button.  After I respond to an email I immediately delete it from my inbox.  I use Mail on my MacBook, so if I need something it's technicall…

Millennials And Money

We all grow up being told we "can do whatever we want to" if, in fact, "we work hard enough." As we grow, we think if we can just jump through the hoops of education then we will be prepared for the workforce. But if that was true, why do companies have ongoing training programs? The fact is a college degree is pretty much necessary for someone to get a full-time job. Even in the trade industry, there is usually some sort of schooling necessary before getting a job. But to think that these things prepare you for the work you will be paid for is crazy. Sure, there is a foundation developed in ways. But just as seminary doesn't prep someone to pastor and lead a church, neither does a college-level degree prepare people to interact effectively in the marketplace. We all need to start somewhere. This is where I find the rub to be in many cases. I find many college graduates thinking they should be paid more than they are making when they get out of school. Certain…