Monthly Archives: April 2017

Ministry Tip: You Will Always Find Critics

News Flash: People love to question good ideas when they didn’t come up with them.  They will find a reason, or more often reasons, why your idea or the strategy that you are implementing isn’t right.  They will find flaws and holes.  They will think of ten different ways that are better than what you and your team came up with.

Don’t be surprised.  People will be critical.  Sometimes they are right.  But lots of times, they aren’t.  Have you prayed about your plan?  Have you had conversations and discussed your options?  Have you done the necessary work of coming to a good decision, involving the right people at the right time?  Then don’t doubt that.  People will always come in as the last coat of paint is going on the wall with an opinion that you should have gone with a darker shade.  But you won’t.  Because you are doing what best.  Not because you came up with it, but because you followed your process and trust the team that is doing ministry.  Listen to yourself.  Trust your process.  Follow where that leads.

Ministry Tip: Get the Right People Involved at the Right Time

Have you ever realized that you were getting great feedback…after it was too late?  This happens to me constantly.  I have an idea.  I start making plans and arrangements.  I get just enough folks on board to implement the idea.  We execute the idea and it goes ok.  Just ok.  Afterward, I have people who could have offered invaluable information and suggestions.  Unfortunately, it is too late.

As the leader, pastor, director, whatever – it is our responsibility to have the right people involved at the right time.  Tomorrow is probably not the right time.  After the event or decision is not the right time.  It is difficult and hard work to have conversations where you might not get your way before the event happens.  The old saying of, “It is easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission,” is funny and stupid.  Don’t be that guy.  You will not last long and you will not make a difference.

Ministry Tip: Make Only The News That You Intend To Make

I was listening to a podcast a few days ago and heard a fantastic line, “Make only the news that you intend to make.”  It was used when discussing a hearing that a public figure made concerning some sensitive and important information.

I wonder how often I succeed in, “making only the news that I intend to make,” in the meetings I attend and lead.  How often do I muddy the waters by interjecting unhelpful comment?  How often to I sidetrack our intended purpose by offering up an opinion that will get more “press” the following week than the original objective of the meeting?  Make only the news that you intend to make…I couldn’t have said it better.

My Favorite: Pen (you can get at your favorite Office Supply Store)

Listen, I get it.  You have been waiting for me to write this.  I have had countless friends, Tom, Jack, David, and others, hounding me wanting to know what I think the best inexpensive pen you can buy from most office supply stores.  So I’m going to tell you.

The best you can get!

The Pentel Energel Needle Tip in .5 is my go-to pen.  It is cheap enough so I don’t mind giving them away or losing one, but a great writer on any paper.  Surprise, surprise my favorite feature is the almost instant drying time. #leftyproblems  But it isn’t just how fast it drys.  Pentel’s blue ink is one of the most vibrant I have seen (apart from some Fountain Pen inks, I’m looking at you Noodlers Baystate Blue!).  I have been pleased with all of the colors I have used, Black, Blue, Red, and Green.  Although I have seen some bleed through on the green with some types of paper.  Pentel gives you plenty of options in style, pen tip (Classic or Needle tip), and width of the line (from .38 to 1.0).   You can learn more than you care to know about them at a great blog post at JetPens.

I would also add an honorable mention to the Uni-Ball Signo RT1 .38 for my favorite micro gel pen.  You can’t get this style in stores in the U.S. (sorry Tennessee).  I discovered both of these and more from Brad’s Pen Addict list of Top 5 Pens.  It is really the place to go if you want to start exploring some other options.  The Signo RT1 gives an incredibly thin line (I write small!) and looks stylish and distinct.

So to recap.  Throw out your terrible Pilot G2.  I know they are everywhere but so is trash and I don’t see you picking that up and writing with it!  Spend $5 on a 3 pack of the Energel pens.  If you don’t love them, mail them to me!  I will gladly use them.