You knocked it out of the park, pastor! You’ve heard it. I’ve heard it. But I wonder how many of our sermons have stuck with our people past Sunday afternoon. It’s one thing to preach a message that resonates with people in the moment, but it’s another thing to preach a message that sticks with people well past Sunday and into the following week. But is there really a recipe of sermons that stick past Sunday? I think so.
Just imagine for a moment the stories that could be told from people in your church if they took action on Monday because of what they experienced on Sunday. Think about the story of the skeptic who is attending your church with their spouse who, week after week, are having their skepticism chipped away at because your sermons weren’t forgettable – they were memorable.
What would it look like if the community your church is embedded in encountered church people being the Church on Thursday and not just Sunday? It would be a beautiful thing.
To be sure, I’m not at all discounting God’s work in the process. Not at all. We have our part to do and we should do it as well as we possibly can. But in the end, it’s completely up to God what He does with our hard work and intentionality.
I first encountered what is today known as Logos Bible Software when over 10 years ago I purchased a CD-Rom (remember them?) containing the then Libronix library system and a copy of the Word Biblical Commentary. It was a useful piece of software, allowing quick research and facilitating cross-referencing through a set of internal hyperlinks.
At the time I was also using Bibleworks as I slogged my way through Bible College and out into the world of full-time ordained ministry in a church.
Since those days Logos has come a long way but at its heart remains the ethos of the Libronix idea – a massively integrated library. If you’re looking for a single piece of software that will hold and synergise your electronic Biblical and Theological resources then it’s hard to look past Logos.
It’s difficult to comprehend the power of this library until you see it yourself. Any piece of work in Logos tends to begin either in a topic or in a passage of scripture. So, for example, here’s the opening rush of resources provided to you as you begin your exposition of (let’s say) Obadiah…
People use a lot of excuses for not putting their best foot forward in pastoral ministry.
- “I love preaching, but I hate studying”
- “Teamwork isn’t my strong suit – I’m an introvert”
- “I get impatient when things don’t change fast enough”
- “I hate texting – people need to come by or make a phone call”
- “I’ve never been good at delegating”
- “That’s not how I was raised”
- “I’m not rude, I’m honest”
- “Prayer is hard for me”
- “I’m not a people person”
- “People need to stop getting offended – it’s just my sense of humor”
- “Can’t teach an old dog…”
Depending on your call to ministry, some of those may not be issues to overcome as much as they are quirks we all live with. If you’re a writer instead of a pastor, you might not need to be a people person. And texting may never be an essential tool.
But most are universal. Honesty is no excuse for rudeness, for example. And if you were raised being taught bad manners or principles, abandon them and learn better principles to live by and pass on to others.
Even in the areas that aren’t universal, we all need to assess and adjust our shortcomings. Especially as Christian leaders.
For example, being an introvert (like me) is not a ‘get out of being a team-player’ card. And if you’re too blunt, it’s not less-than-honest to learn some subtlety.
As a leader, there’s only one appropriate response to your shortcomings.
Get better at it!
And if you don’t know how to get better, find out!
With over 600 million users across the globe, Instagram is quickly becoming a focal point for businesses of all sizes who use social media.
600 million! That’s a huge number. And the impressive stats don’t stop there…
Instagram is the fastest growing social media platform and around half of its user base (more than 300 million people) use it every day.
Brands on Instagram are also seeing huge amounts of engagement on Instagram. According to Forrester Research, per-follower interaction rate is 2.3 percent- way above Facebook (0.2%) and Twitter (0.02%).
That all sounds incredible, right? But how do you find time to dedicate to growing your brand on Instagram? From planning and editing to posting and engaging with your followers, there’s a lot on your plate when it comes to Instagram marketing.
We’d love to help you achieve more with less on Instagram.
In this post, we’re sharing nine time-saving Instagram marketing tips to help you achieve incredible results with less time and effort.
Let’s get started.
1. Create Instagram posts on desktop instead of mobile
Thanks to the great amount of tools out there, social media management has become much easier than it was a few years ago. While Instagram still doesn’t allow publishing through its web application, there are many tools that allow you to create your Instagram posts on desktop first.