Hi! Happy July! Happy Independence Day! I am praying for you right now!
Here are 2 video links I think you might like to see:
Ministry is a marathon: it’s not how you start in ministry; it’s how you finish.
If you look at 2 Corinthians 4:1-18, Paul gives seven suggestions for finishing the race:
Remember God’s mercy (v. 1): God has given us our ministries. We don’t have to prove our worth through our ministry, and we don’t have to wallow in our mistakes. You don’t have to earn your place as a pastor or leader in the church.
Be truthful and honest in all you do (v. 2): Maintain your integrity because integrity produces power in your life, while guilt zaps your energy. You need to finish with your character intact. Your integrity includes how you handle the Word of God. Don’t distort it or make it confusing.
Be motivated to work for Jesus’ sake, not out of selfish desires (v. 5): We need a right motivation. A lot of guys start off as servants and end up celebrities. You need to learn to live your life for an audience of one, and that one is Jesus Christ.
Realize that Christians are only human (v. 7): We must accept our limitations, and the quickest way to burn out is to try to be Superman. Humility is being honest about your weaknesses.
Develop a true love for others (v. 15): Churches thrive, grow, and survive when love endures. You must love people or you won’t last in the ministry.
Allow time for inward rejuvenation (v. 16): I have a motto – Divert daily, withdraw weekly, and abandon annually. You need to take time for recharging. In the Air Force, they’ve mastered the art of mid-flight refueling. You can, too – you don’t have to land every time you need to refuel.
Stay focused on the important things, not distracted by momentary troubles (v. 17-18): Keep your eyes on the goal, not the problem. Only he who sees the invisible can accomplish the impossible. To be a winner in the marathon of ministerial service, Christians need to realize great people are just ordinary people with an extraordinary amount of determination. If we run from problems, we’ll never be able to become what God wants us to become.
The world needs you to last in ministry! God wired you and called you to the task, and you can do it in his power and under his grace.
So often we approach prayer like it is a test of our devotion or knowledge. We have to make sure that God sees our sincerity and hears how theologically precise or correct our prayers are. Likewise, it can become so formulaic that helpful order turns into rote obedience; simply check off a box on the daily to-do list.
List of free or discounted software available to non-profits. (Hopefully, I have not posted this before!!!)
- Grammarly – This free tool is at the top of the list for a reason. Kiss those pesky spelling and grammar mistakes goodbye once and for all with your new personal editor. I recommend getting the browser plug-in version which will keep your spelling on the up-and-up while typing online. This is especially handy if you use Gmail or another cloud-based email provider.
- Basecamp – This cloud-based project management program is used by thousands of teams. It won’t take long for you to see why. Check out the free version and see if it could be a good fit for your team.
- MixMax – This free plugin for your Gmail account lets you send emails…get this…in the future. You can also see who has opened emails you’ve sent in the past and set up templates for emails you send on a regular basis.
- Microsoft 365 – Online versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are offered at a discount to non-profits.
- Google Suite – Formerly known as Google apps for business, this is a really powerful tool. You get custom domains, shared Drive space and a lot of Google services. It’s normally $10 a user for business clients but 100% free for non-profits.
- Adwords – Speaking of Google, nonprofits can apply for up to $10,000 of Google Adwords credit each month. Use your grant to share content online, target relevant keywords and get your message out. We utilize this at Ministry Ventures.
- Buffer – This is a great tool for scheduling social media posts. And non-profits can get it for 50% off the regular price.Canva.com – This online graphic creation tool is free for non-profits. It’s great to create social graphics, presentation templates and a lot more.
- Salesforce – How about 10 editions of the Enterprise version at no cost? And then dramatic discounts for additional users. (You’ll want help getting this up and running. Reach out to our implementation expert, Jason Leming, to learn more about your options. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Wufoo – This is a nice form-builder tool and nonprofits get 50% off.