Count with me pastors

Ministry for the One, Not the Masses Found on manofdepravity.com

Two Things You Must Do with Your Sermons Found on christianity.com

3 Reasons Your Staff Should Be Physically Fit Found on churchjobs.tv

4 types of friends every pastor needs Found on blog.lifeway.com

5 Ways To Be Unsatisfied With Your Church Found on shaneblackshear.com

Six Reasons Pastors Should Not Quit Their Jobs on Monday Found on thomrainer.com

Seven of the Greatest Stressors on Pastors Found on thomrainer.com

Eight Ways to Spot Emotionally Healthy Pastors and Staff Found on thomrainer.com

9 Reasons Why Church Leaders Should Read the Daily News Found on thomrainer.com

10 THINGS PASTORS HATE TO ADMIT PUBLICLFound on pastormatt.tv

Ignite Speaker at Demand Success Conference

Demand Success 2014, a premier two-day marketing and public relations conference hosted by Capitol Communicator sponsor Vocus, will take place June 5 and 6 in the Washington, D.C. metro area. With only a handful of speakers announced, the conference already boasts a star-studded roster of keynotes including actor Adrian Grenier, best known for his starring role in the Emmy-nominated HBO series “Entourage,” and Avinash Kaushik, digital marketing evangelist at Google. Joining the speaker lineup are marketing experts Shonali Burke Consulting, Inc. President and CEO Shonali Burke, renowned author and branding strategist Laura Ries, and The Javelin Group President and CEO Jeffrey Bliss.

The full Demand Success 2014 speaker roster will be announced in the months leading up to the June conference. Sessions will include discussions on marketing automation, lead nurturing, native advertising, public relations, digital journalism, content marketing, visual media, social video, mobility and measurement.


New to Demand Success will be a special Ignite: Business Revolution, which will feature 10 speakers, including me, discussing ideas to revolutionize or change business.  Presenters will share their personal passions using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes.

Demand Success 2014 will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, and, stated Vocus, offer top tips from some of the best and brightest thought leaders in marketing on brand awareness and lead generation in the digital era. Current Vocus customers who register for this event can attend a pre-conference training on June 4.  For complete conference information on speakers and registration, visit the conference website.

Monday Manifesto

I believe you! I believe you can manage your stress. I believe that you can be free from the heavy burdens that seem to be pulling you down. I believe that you can direct your thinking, learn to relax and take control of all areas of your life. I want you to live in a world where stress and anxiety are not ruining your life. I want you to live in a world where you are liberated from unhealthy habits and distress. Here is what I know for sure: life is a balancing act. We must take care of our self. This balance is a holistic view of self. Life needs examined and challenged for full potential and growth.
I want to help you live that way. This is my mission and my manifesto.

Links to Children’s Health

Five year-olds who watch TV for three or more hours a day more likely to be antisocial: But the risk of this behaviour is very small by Science Daily

Think even smaller small group

I have been reading a book by Michael Mack entitled The Pocket Guide to Burnout-Free Small Group Leadership. In this book Mack offers a lot of great insight on how to do ministry in small groups. He sympathizes for the small group lay leader who has 13-20 people in his group yet he alone is responsible for planning the group, calling and praying for his members, preparing the materials and food, hosting at his house, teaching and facilitating the group and all of the other administration tasks associated with this ministry. Not only does Michael suggest to expand the the leadership team to help delegate tasks and share responsibility for each small group, Mack goes further and suggests that each leader should really focus in on only two to four others.

Mack is not the first or only ministry leader to think of this idea. Robert Coleman in his books The Master Plan for Evangelism and The Master Plan for Discipleship, noticed that Jesus “made disciples” of only twelve disciples. Sure there were hundreds of causal followers but Jesus spent the majority of his time with  twelve. Looking even deeper in the Scriptures, Coleman shows that Jesus even focused more on three in particular. Mack agrees. Imagine if in each small group of 15-20 people, there was a leader (or shepherd) for every three or four people?

Imagine sharing life with a respected elder or someone even slightly further along the journey then you…Imagine having weekly time with a few other close friends who also love Jesus. Not only would you be able to dig deeper into the Word together, get personal attention to life’s struggles and questions, intimate prayer, but also serve God together and evangelize together! That is an amazing picture of ministry and small groups!

It reminds me of my days in Campus Crusade for Christ (or Cru) at Ohio University. This ministry is built on Coleman’s ideas. There is a weekly large group meeting for worship and teaching but the majority of the ministry is in smaller group ministry teams and Bible Studies through-out campus. Even more, as a Bible Study leader and leader on some other teams, I had the opportunity to do some one-on-one training/mentoring, we called it “discipleship.” I loved it. I meet with an older student who was discipling me. Then I also meet two younger students individually and discipled them. It is interesting now to think about it, but part of what I was doing as I discipled these young men was spiritual formation life coaching, which is something I still do today. In fact, I’ve made a career out of counseling and coaching.  

Testimonial Monday

I was struggling with time management, stress and achieving major life goals. Alex helped me by teaching me tools and applications on how to deal with stress, now as a result I have been able to focus on priorities, what’s really important and how to deal with stress!
As an extremely busy person I especially love the fact That we don’t have to talk or hang out everyday but when we do get together we can pick up right where we left off.

-Nate T., Central Ohio