Connecting in the Digital Age

The world we live in is more connected than ever before. Don’t believe me? Check out these stats. Seventy five percent of the world’s population now has access to a mobile phone and the ability to send a text. There are 3.3 billion people online today, and eighty-five percent of them are using email. Out of those online, 1.4 billion of them are on Facebook. We are more connected than ever.

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  • Email

Email is a great way to communicate with your entire audience at once. We use email to shares stories, promote upcoming series, and make announcements. In many ways it has replaced our traditional bulletin.

If you’re sending mass emails, make sure you’re using a program like MailChimp. MailChimp allows you to import those email addresses that have just been sitting in your directory collecting dust all at one time. Your emails will look more professional, and the great thing is it’s absolutely free up to 2,000 subscribers.

  • Facebook

People are quick to downplay Facebook these days because of the sheer amount of junk that people post. I feel their pain, but instead of ignoring it, why not try to curb the trend and post something positive? If all of us did this, maybe we’d see it start to sway in the other direction.

The opportunities to connect with people on Facebook are endless. Just this past weekend we had a first time couple visit our church. After church I friended them on Facebook and messaged them to say, “Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know if you have any questions.” They quickly replied with “Thanks. We loved it, and we’ll see you next week.”

That may seem like a small thing, but it communicates that you care about them. And it’s something most churches aren’t doing. Just think, what if you trained your host team or greeters to start doing this? How big of an impact would that have on first-time guests? In a world looking for connection, this goes a long way.

  • Text

It seems the older I get, the more I hate to talk on the phone. Is it just my house, or is there something about talking on the phone that attracts young kids? If I ever get on the phone, it’s like an alarm goes off to my two daughters to come annoy me.

So, please send me a text message. The great thing about a text is I can reply at my convenience. Which means if I need to give something a little more thought, I have the opportunity to do that. I’m guessing many people in your congregation prefer a text instead of a call as well. Not all, but many.

That’s why we ask our leaders to text their volunteers a few days before they’re scheduled to serve. We also tell small group leaders to text reminders to their attendees. Life is busy, and it’s easy to forget. We even have leaders who text their volunteers scripture each day.

We’ve yet to jump into the world of Instagram and Snapchat, and we’ve only dabbled in Twitter. We know these are areas younger people are going, but living in a small town we’ve found that email, Facebook, and text connect best with the majority of our people.

We’re always looking for ways to get better, so please let us know how you’ve been using digital communication to connect in your church in the comments below.

Send a Postcard

"One Thing" Series

This post is a part of the “One Thing” series. Often we feel like we have to take drastic steps in our life or church to see significant change, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes the small things create the biggest impact. In this series, we’ll focus on “One Thing” you can do that will get you and your church moving in the right direction.

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I’ve already talked about what makes a great children’s ministry. Today I want to get even more specific, and share with you one thing you can do this week that will make a huge impact on the families that attend your church.

Here’s the great thing, it doesn’t take a lot of time, and it cost even less money.

Want to know what it is?

Send a postcard to a child.

Now many of you are going to stop reading at this time because this seems too basic or too easy. That’s fine the rest of us are going to put this into practice and start seeing more families come back to our church, and more families stay at our church.

Here’s why, once you start showing that you care about kids, parents take notice.

Here’s a postcard my daughter got this week from our church.

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It was written by her small group leader, and it referenced her “Need to Know” for that week. Not only does this show we care, it also shows parents what their kids are being taught in class.

My daughters will receive one of these about every other month. We purchase postcards with our ministry logo on them from Vistaprint. Currently, you can get fifty of them for $10. Postcard stamps are 35 cents each.

So, for less than 50 cents you can put a smile on a child’s face, and build trust and equity with parents.

You’d be crazy not to do this. So, what are you waiting for? Get started!

If you have any questions or just have a comment, please let me know. I’d love to serve you better.” Also, make sure to subscribe to the blog and get leadership tips delivered to your inbox each week.

The Power of Invitation

My first invitation to serve in a church came when I was 24 years old. The invitation had taken four years and two churches, but it finally came, just not in the way I was expecting.

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I was attending an old school Baptist church, and they needed someone to fill in and teach the senior adult Sunday school class. I’m not sure how many candidates had said no up to this point, but eventually they landed on me.

I was so excited about being asked that I said yes before even thinking about what I was getting myself into. These people had years of church going, Bible study, and Sunday school experience. What in the world could I teach them?

Truth is I probably didn’t teach them anything, but God used them to teach me a great deal.

I had many other opportunities to fill in and teach at that church for all different ages, and I’ll forever be grateful that they extended an invitation to serve.

We often underestimate the impact of an invitation. I think it’s because we rarely get to see the full result, or we’re so often turned down.

Regardless of the reason, I believe there are five invites every Christ follower should always be given.

  1. An Invitation to Grow – Salvation isn’t the end of a journey. It’s the beginning. Each of us grow at different rates and in different ways, but the foundation of growing closer to Christ is found in an active prayer life and reading and applying the scriptures to ourselves. We can’t expect to become like Christ if we’re not spending time with Him.
  1. An Invitation to Serve – Serving allows us to become the hands and feet of Jesus. I believe Jesus can be described in many ways, but above all He was a servant. Serving puts our faith into action and allows us to share Christ’s love with others.
  1. An Invitation to Community – One of the core values of my church is “You Can’t Do Life Alone.” You’re made for community. We’re always stronger as a team than as an individual. We should surround ourselves with those on the same journey who can strengthen us along the way.
  1. An Invitation to be Generous – Perhaps this is the one invitation that gets rejected the most and at such a high cost. You reap what you sow. If you want blessings to come your way, you should look to be a blessing. An invitation to be generous is an invitation to trust God as our provider.
  1. An Invitation to Invite Others – Do you remember what it felt like when you gave your life over to Jesus? No other feeling comes close, except when you invite someone else to church and they experience that same feeling you had.

If you think about it, our entire faith is predicated on an invitation, an invitation to follow Jesus wherever He may lead us. I hope he will lead you to keep extending invitations.

I would love to hear your invitation stories. Share them in the comments below.

3 Obstacles to Growing Groups in a Small Town

Few things frustrate me as much as trying to grow a groups’ ministry in a small town. What makes it worse is all the experts who seem to have groups’ ministry figured out. Somehow, they never seem to have to deal with the same obstacles that I have to deal with.

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That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy groups. Quite the contrary, I’ve loved every group I’ve ever been a part of. But I’ve come to realize recruiting group leaders and group attenders comes with a lot of obstacles–obstacles that most books and blog posts aren’t going to talk about.

Obstacles like…

  • What do we do with the kids? That’s easy, right? Hire a babysitter because everyone in a small town has plenty of money to pay another ten to twenty dollars a week to attend a gathering that they’re already unsure about. I have a hard enough time trying to find a babysitter to watch my kids when I want to take my wife on a date. Now, I have to find one during the week.

Simple fix, bring the kids to group with you. What group leader wouldn’t want an extra ten to twelve kids tearing down their house? Overly dramatic? Maybe…maybe not. We’ve seen and heard about multiple things broke in homes, including a kid’s arm.

  • How do we find the time? For most people, living in a small town means a longer commute to work for both husband and wife. My wife drives 45 minutes each way. On the days she works, it’s not uncommon for her to arrive home after 6pm. That gives us about two hours to eat dinner, give the kids a bath, and do any homework before their bedtime. Good luck trying to fit a group into that window.

That scenario is not taking into consideration the times during the year when the kids are involved in extracurricular activities. And let’s be honest, if you don’t have your kids in at least one extracurricular activity, you’re the exception not the norm. In the spring, our six year old will be playing tee ball. That means two practices a week, and a game or two every Saturday for roughly three months. Which means I’m unavailable March, April, May, and part of June for All Stars.

  • What if someone weird shows up? I’m sure it doesn’t happen at your church, but weird people show up to my church. It’s kind of a side effect of being really nice to everyone and offering free doughnuts. If you need help identifying them, they’re usually the people who hang around after service to talk to the pastor. All the normal people tend to go home.

You may know them by different names such as: the really smelly guy, the woman who disguises gossip for prayer requests, the guy who looks like an 80’s porn star, and the kid who just devoured a dozen doughnuts.

Now you may be so holy that you can’t wait to wash Weirdo’s feet, but for the rest of us, we’re scared to death that they’re going to sign up for our group. By week two, it’s going to be just us and Smelly there because everyone else abandoned ship.

These are just a few of the obstacles I’ve been thinking through, but I’m sure there’s more. This has led me to ask myself, how much community do we really need? I mean we’re already more connected than ever before because of social media. Our families are involved in so many things. At what point are we asking too much of our people? How can we make sure groups are a blessing, and not a burden? That’s the question I’m trying to figure out.

Do you offer groups at your church? Do you think it’s working? I’d love to hear from some small town pastors who have figured this out.

Get Off the Bus

Taking Your Church from Good to Great

Jim Collins is best known for his bestselling book, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t. One of the main takeaways from the book is this concept of getting the right people on the bus. What churches so often forget is that it’s equally important to get the wrong people off the bus.

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From the day I started kindergarten until the day I got my driver’s license at the age of 17, I had to ride the school bus. I was one of the first kids to get picked up each morning, which meant I was one of the last kids to get dropped off in the afternoons. I spent way more time on a school bus as a child than I ever did in church.

You learn a lot of things growing up on the school bus–some good, some bad. It all depended on who was on the bus.

Your church isn’t that different from the school bus. There are people in your church that create a positive experience, and there are people that create a negative experience. There are people who help your church grow, and people who don’t.

These people may be on staff, they may be volunteers, or they may just be someone who carries a lot of influence. The important thing to remember is just one wrong person on the bus can ruin the ride for everyone else.

So, how do you go about identifying these people? My guess is most of you already know who they are in your church, but just in case you need a little help, I’ve put together the following list.

  • Someone who is always negative. They can find a problem in any plan. They love to play devil’s advocate. They refuse to celebrate no matter how well things are going. They are dream crushers. They “protect you from having unrealistic goals.
  • Someone who doesn’t support the vision. This person absolutely hates change and will do whatever it takes to keep things the same. They often work behind the scenes to turn people against you and cast doubt in the direction you’re trying to go.
  • Someone who doesn’t fit the culture. This is more of a staff dynamic, because one of the worst things you can do is bring on a staff member that doesn’t gel with the team. You can tell this is happening by watching the mood of the room change when they walk in.
  • Someone who isn’t qualified for his or her position. If you have someone who can’t sing, why are they leading worship? If you have musicians that can’t play or teachers who can’t teach or kids’ ministry volunteers that are terrible with kids, take them out of those positions. Don’t sacrifice the vision because you’re afraid to hurt someone’s feelings.

Getting the wrong people off the bus isn’t easy. In fact, it can be quite messy. But if you’re going to have any chance of getting to where God wants you to go, it’s necessary.

Who have I left out? Who are some other people that we all need to get off the bus? Let us know in the comments below.

Confessions of an Adulterous Pastor

Guest Post - Jon Sanders

I’ll never forget the pit in my stomach as I hung up the phone and tried to begin processing the horrible news I had just received. Another pastor had fallen into sexual immorality and left behind the wreckage of devastated hearts in the wake of his secret sin now exposed. But this wasn’t just another random pastor. This was someone very close to me in my life and ministry. I was about to have a front row seat to watch this man’s life spiral ever downward into the depths of destruction.

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In the days, weeks, and months to follow, many attempts were made by myself and other godly leaders in ministry to throw a lifeline of grace, accountability, transparency, and repentance out for this brother to grab hold of. But none of our attempts succeeded. In the end, he remained steadfast in his willful rebellion against God and ended up walking away from his wife of 40 years, his family, his church, and all that he had worked so hard to build over his lifetime.

As I tried to get my mind wrapped around this sad and dysfunctional situation, I found myself asking some tough questions. “How did this happen?” “How did he get here?” “How do you get to the point that you’re willing to walk away from everything you’ve known for the seductive lie that promises greener grass beyond sacred borders?”

As I evaluate what I know to be true from this man’s life, I’m convinced that if he were to be honest he would make the following confessions:

1. “I was not in Christian community.”

While this man led God’s people spiritually for years, he never saw the importance in connecting closely with any of them. He believed the lie that says pastors are better off not having close friends in the church. He was lonely and isolated. Isolation is dangerous and Satan loves nothing more than to prey upon those who are removed from the protective safety that can be found in Christian community.

2. “I resisted accountability in my life.”

This pastor thrived by being in control. Therefore, he didn’t see the need to be accountable for how he spent his time, how he handled his money, whom he counseled, or whether or not he was under any kind of authority in his life. People answered to him…never the other way around.

3. “I did not walk in authenticity and transparency.”

It was hard for people to really know this pastor. He did a great job of keeping a plastic façade up on the outside to conceal the real emotions and pain he was dealing with on the inside. Even when things were extremely difficult in ministry, he would just put on his brave face and muscle through situations rather than admit that he was hurting.

4. “I did not pursue emotional health.”

While this pastor may have had a great degree of biblical training and education (which some might have interpreted as spiritual maturity) he was not operating from a place of emotional health. He refused to deal with deep emotional wounds that were buried deep in his past.

5. “I failed to set healthy boundaries in my life.”

The sin of people pleasing and seeking validation from other co-dependent people kept this pastor from setting and keeping healthy boundaries in his life. This lack of boundaries made it possible for unhealthy relationships to form and grow.

6. “I broke my own rules and put myself in situations I should not have.”

At one time in his ministry, this man heeded the counsel of other godly, wise men who admonished him not to be alone with a woman behind closed doors, not to counsel a woman alone, not to go on lunch outings alone with another woman, or to be alone in a car together with a woman that wasn’t his wife. But somewhere along the way he got sloppy and began to violate these principles.

7. “I was not willing to seek counseling.”

While this pastor had logged countless hours counseling others, he did not see the need to seek counseling himself as his life grew more and more dysfunctional.

8. “I didn’t deal with pride in my life.”

Whether it was the easily recognizable form of pride that looks like an over-inflated ego, or the more subtle form of pride that takes on the pity-party-throwing self-focus of a victim mentality, this man’s life was full of both.

9. “I became bitter.”

Like every other pastor, this man had been hurt in ministry. But instead of properly processing that pain and leveraging it for growth, he became cynical and bitter. In time that cynicism was even directed toward God which resulted in spiritual callousness and passivity.

10. “I surrounded myself with weak people.”

Rather than surrounding himself with strong leaders who would have challenged and even disagreed with him at times, this man chose instead to be surrounded mostly by “yes men”, people who lacked the back bone to engage him in conflict.

11. “I withdrew from my family.”

As this pastor descended deeper into his deceitful lifestyle, he became more distant and withdrawn from his wife and children.

12. “I lied when confronted.”

As his trail of secret sin became known to others and he was questioned about it, instead of choosing to walk in humble repentance, he chose more lies and deception.

13. “I caused pain in many people’s lives.”

The sad reality is that our sin harms far more people than just ourselves. In this man’s case, the shockwaves of his betrayal and deception were felt far beyond his immediate family. For decades he had stood in the pulpit declaring God’s Word to hundreds, probably even thousands of people. As word of his adultery spread out into the Christian community, many people were left devastated and confused.

I want to challenge anyone reading this to learn from this man’s mistakes and heed the warning signs if they begin to surface in your life. I promise there is no short-term pleasure in this world that is worth throwing away your marriage, severing your relationships with your children, causing such deep pain in the hearts of God’s people, and bringing disgrace to the name of Jesus Christ. If you can identify one or more of the above confessions as descriptive of where you’re at in your life right now, I implore you to get help…and do it today!

Jon Sanders is the Lead Pastor of The RESCUE Church, a multi-site church with a passion to impact rural communities with the gospel. He is the host of the Small Town Big Church podcast, a weekly leadership podcast that encourages pastors to believe God for big things in small places. Jon has been married to his wife Jessica for 20 years and they have three children: Justin, Jennifer, and James. Jon is also a Firefighter/EMT with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. You can contact Jon through his website: jonsanders.org

Planning a Church Service

Nothing can turn a guest into a last time attender faster than a service that is poorly put together. Unfortunately, I’ve been a part of several of these services. They don’t get started on time, they have awkward transitions, and they never seem to end. They’re a lot like watching a car crash in slow motion, only more painful.

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Here’s the thing, your church will never grow if this describes your services. I would go so far as to say, God will not bless a mess. He can clean up our mess, but I don’t think He blesses it. So, what do you do?

You have to get intentional about every element of your service. It’s not enough to just show up on Sunday morning and pray for God’s spirit to move. That would be the equivalent of me having a sink full of dishes and praying that God would clean it up. No matter how much I pray, at some point I’m going to have to roll up my sleeves, grab some soap, and start scrubbing.

So, where do you start? You start with a plan. The following is the service plan for our services each week. This is the same plan that we’ve used over the past several years that has grown our church from around 80 people to now over 700 people. I hope you’ll find it helpful.

  1. Pre-Service – Everything that happens before service starts sets the mood for what’s to come. That’s why we have smiling faces in the parking lot and at each entrance. That’s why we serve fresh coffee and doughnuts, and that’s why we play upbeat music. We want people to be excited for what’s to come.
  1. Opening Song – As soon as the countdown reaches zero, the band kicks in with an upbeat, fun, and captivating song. On occasion we’ll use a secular song in this spot, but most often this is something by Hillsong United, Elevation, NewSpring, or something similar.
  1. Welcome – This is a chance to welcome our guests and encourage them to fill out their Connection Card if they haven’t already. This is done by the worship pastor or someone else on staff who has the ability to engage the audience and pray over the service.
  1. More Songs – Ninety percent of the time we will play two more songs here. On rare occasions, we will do three songs with the third tying into the sermon for that day. We try to limit singing to around twenty minutes because that’s a long time for someone to stand up to sing who may not be used to coming to church in the first place.
  1. Offering – A staff member spends two to three minutes setting up the offering each week. Since we’ve become intentional about talking about giving each week, we’ve seen a drastic increase in our offerings. We pass buckets down each aisle as music is being played.
  1. Sermon – We try our best to preach a message each week that anyone in the audience can take and apply to their life. We limit our preaching to no longer than forty minutes. Each sermon ends with a next step, and many often end with an invitation to accept Christ.
  1. Closer – On rare occasion, we will end with another song. I would say around ten percent of the time. This song should fit the theme of the message and have a celebratory tone.

What does your service look like? What have you found that works best in your context?

Handling Snakes & Other Weird Requests

The phone calls and requests a church gets never ceases to amaze me. For instance, a few years ago we had a lady call our church looking for a snake.

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My initial thought was what kind of church does she think we are, but my mind was quickly put more at ease when she told me she was referring to a plumber’s snake. Apparently one of the kids had stopped up the toilet, and she thought the logical place to call to fix her problem was the church.

I wish I could say this was a singular incident, but we’ve recently had requests from other people needing a plumber which has led our staff to adopt a new church motto: Strong Tower Church, we fix your crap!

I’m not a plumber, but I do understand that when pipes get stopped up and the water stops flowing, you have a big problem on your hands. I think we would all admit that.

What I want to convey to you is that your services should also have a natural flow to them. They should start on time, have natural transitions, and end on time as well.

For longer than I’d care to admit, our services didn’t work that way. We wouldn’t get started on time, we would have awkward transitions and moments of silence, and the service would get clogged up by prayer requests, testimonies, and special singing.

Which in turn led to a…um…crappy experience for all involved.

Now, I know some of you absolutely love these moments in your service, and you’d even argue that your church loves them as well. But put yourself into an unchurched person’s shoes for a moment, and let’s talk about this.

  1. Time – I’ve finally given in to my sister’s request and have shown up to church only to find that they’re not ready. Worse than that, no one even seems to care. So, here I sit while everyone else mingles, watching the clock and wondering why I ever agreed to this.
  1. Prayer Requests – I could’ve done without hearing about Stewart’s constipation issues, but it was interesting to know that Darla’s granddaughter is an alcoholic and sleeping around on her husband.
  1. Special Singing – Oh great, now Stewart’s going to sing a roaring rendition of the classic “I Shall Not Be Moved.” I can’t help but wonder if this is a shout out to his earlier prayer request.
  1. Testimonies – This was good for the first five minutes. Now it’s way pass my lunchtime, and I’m beginning to wonder if your grandson winning first place in the 4-H contest is really something you need to testify about.

I wish I could say I’m exaggerating, but I’m not. I’ve experienced moments like each of these within the last ten years in my church. Thankfully we decided to do something about it. You should too.

Keep in mind, you’ll have some really churchy people who love the crappy experience. For them it brings back childhood memories of using an outhouse, and if you take this away from them, they’ll accuse you of taking the Spirit out of the experience.

So, you’ll have a choice to make: please the already saved or go after the unchurched. The decision is up to you.

Have you had any weird requests? I’d love to hear about them. Share them in the comments section below, and if you haven’t already, make sure to subscribe to the blog so you get helpful content direct to your inbox each week.

Choosing a Church

One of the most important decisions a person can make is what church they’re going to be a part of. The importance of this decision can’t be overstated.

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When my wife and I were dating, we attended different churches. I went to an old school Baptist church in the middle of nowhere, literally, and she attended a mildly contemporary church that had been in existence for less than a year.

As our dating turned into an engagement and would eventually be a marriage, we knew we would have to choose one church to attend. Being the godly young woman that she was, she left the decision up to me.

Ultimately, I decided the church plant would be our church home. It was a difficult decision. That little country church meant a lot to me, and I wasn’t sure about a church that didn’t sing out of a hymn book. But I knew this would be the best choice for my wife and for our future kids.

Looking back almost ten years now, it’s hard to believe how much that one decision has affected my life. It’s not only where we worship, but it’s where I work, where we serve, where our friends are, and where our roots are.

But…if we had to start over and begin looking for another church to attend, here would be my priorities.

  1. My kids have to love it – There’s something about being a parent in which you’ll do almost anything for your kids. This is only amplified when your child’s relationship with Jesus is at stake. Finding a church my kids love would be my number one priority.
  1. The church has to be friendly – It’s embarrassing that I even have to bring this up, but let’s face it, a large percentage of churches are just not friendly. They’re not all necessarily mean. Some just won’t speak to you. I have no patience for this. If you’re unfriendly, I perceive you as ungodly, and I won’t be attending your church.
  1. They have to preach messages I can apply to my life – Even though I’m a pastor and have been a Christ follower for over fourteen years now, I still have issues just like anyone else. I need to know what the Bible says about dealing with fear, insecurity, raising kids, loving my wife, etc.
  1. They have to have good music – Notice I didn’t say great music. I’m not expecting most churches’ worship to sound like Hillsong or Elevation, but I don’t want to listen to Ethel sing a special either. I want the music to be uplifting, passionate, and done well.

That’s it for me. I’m easy to please. Now your list may look different from mine, and that’s perfectly fine.

What I think would be valuable if you’re a pastor is to ask yourself, who am I trying to reach, and what are their priorities. Then take a close look at your church, and see if it meets those priorities. If not, you have some work to do.

What would your list of priorities look like? Take a moment to share in the comments below.

Know Your Role

Over the course of the last ten years, I’ve served in many different roles in the church. I have a passion for serving, but what I quickly learned is that passion alone is not always enough to produce the results we desire.

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For example, nine years ago I began serving as the Missions Director at my church. It was a volunteer position that had previously not existed and looking back probably a position I didn’t really want, but at the time every other role was filled.

So I became the worst Missions Director in history. From what I can recall, we did two “Missions” events that year.

Our first event was a Valentine’s spaghetti dinner to raise money for missions, which no one showed up to. Even though all the food was provided for free, we somehow still ended up losing money on the event.

Our second and what ended up being our last big event for missions was a “Sponsor Sunday.” World Vision had entrusted me with cards for twelve kids that needed monthly sponsors. People love kids. How hard could this be? Apparently, it was much harder than I thought because not a single child was sponsored that day.

By the fall of 2007, it looked like my ministry career would be very short lived.

Thankfully, I had a Pastor who realized something I didn’t. He realized I wasn’t a failure. I was just in the wrong role. That fall he had a conversation with me that would set me on the course that has brought me where I am today.

Here’s what I’ve learned since that conversation.

Your Passion + Your Skill + God’s Purpose = Your Role

  • Your Passion – What is it that you love to do? It’s ok if you don’t really know. Neither did I. I just knew that I loved serving people. Over the years I’ve learned that what I really love is building teams, systems, and processes to better serve people. Your passion may be completely different from that. The important thing is to figure out what that is because once you have that you can combine it with…
  • Your Skill – What are you good at? You can be passionate about a lot of things, but chances are you’re only going to be a good at a few. We run into problems when we try to let passion trump skill. They have to work together. Let me explain. You may be really passionate about singing, but you may not have the skill of singing. If you were to pursue a career in singing, you’re just going to end up disappointed. What are you talented at? What can you do better than most people? Once you figure that out, you need to combine it with…
  • God’s Purpose – Having great skill, but no passion is wasteful. Having great passion, but no skill is disappointing. But seeing someone with great skill and great passion who misses out on God’s purpose is heart breaking. Yet the world is full of these people. So ask yourself, what did God put you on this Earth to do? How can you use your passion and skill to carry out God’s purpose? Once you discover that, you’ve discovered…
  • Your Role – We all have a role to play in this grand story that God has created. To find your role, combine your passion with your talent with God’s purpose.

Have you ever been in the wrong role? How did you realize it? Let us know in the comments below.