At Vocus Marketing #conference #Demand14 (Demand Success 2014) I will be presenting “Ten Scientifically-proven Ways to Manage Stress as a Business Owner” at the#Ignite portion of the conference.
The Conference is June 5th and 6th in Washington D.C. Learn more:
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.
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
Frequent breaks from sedentary behavior makes kids healthier by Science Daily
Electronic media associated with poorer well-being in children by Science Daily
Why Your Church Staff Should Be It’s Own Small Group by ChurchJobs.TV
How to Deal With Frustrated Church Employees by ChurchJobs.TV
9 Reasons Why Church Leaders Should Read the Daily News by Thom Rainer
This week’s links:
Simple waiting room test can help diagnose depression, anxiety by Science Daily
Psychological side-effects of anti-depressants worse than thought by Science Daily
The Case Against Staying Calm : How to turn your anxiety into excitement by PsychologyToday.com
Mental health problems mistaken for physical illness in children by Science Daily
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.
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