10 Lesser-Known Apps That Improve Productivity for Ministry

I love learning from other people, and I especially like getting behind-the-scenes looks at how they do what they do. I have a folder on my computer where I’ve kept examples of people’s weekly schedules. I love asking other pastors about how they do sermon prep. It’s fascinating to ask people what their typical dayContinue reading “10 Lesser-Known Apps That Improve Productivity for Ministry”

5 Steps to the Personal Retreat Day You Need

Do you ever feel like the urgent is crowding out the important? Like there’s so many things that have to be kept up with that you just can’t seem to get ahead? I do. Everybody does. I often talk with other pastors about how ministry is a “black hole” where there’s always more you could do.Continue reading “5 Steps to the Personal Retreat Day You Need”

How to Determine the Best Way to Do Something

What’s the best way to exercise? What’s the best way to read the Bible? What’s the best way to teach your children about Jesus? What’s the best way to keep track of your diet? What’s the best way to show appreciation to the volunteers in your ministry? What’s the best way to plan your week? What’s theContinue reading “How to Determine the Best Way to Do Something”

6 Lessons from What’s Best Next by Matt Perman

I recently finished reading What’s Best Next by Matt Perman, who runs a blog by the same name. The book’s subtitle is “How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done.” It’s the best book I’ve read so far this year. I have read and benefited from a number of productivity-related books (Getting Things Done,Continue reading “6 Lessons from What’s Best Next by Matt Perman”

A Simple Plan for Daddy Dates

Every good dad I know intentionally spends time with his kids. Most dads also think about how to spend good one-on-one time with each kid. But many dads I know want to do daddy dates more often, with more intentionality. They need a plan. Here’s the plan that I’ve been using with my two daughters: WeContinue reading “A Simple Plan for Daddy Dates”

First Things First

Some things are more important than others. Leadership is required to filter what’s most important and keep first things first. I received this email the other day from the folks at North Point Community Church who run the Drive Conference (We took our team to Drive earlier this year for a great few days of training):Continue reading “First Things First”

What I Learned on My Summer Vacation

I love vacation. Some people never quite use all of their vacation time — I’m not one of them. It’s not that I don’t love my job. I do. But it’s a demanding job that makes time away particularly sweet. This summer I was away for three weeks. The first week was for the annualContinue reading “What I Learned on My Summer Vacation”