Social Media Thoughts

Some thoughts on social media
1. Don’t attack people who are different to you, think different and have different values than you.
2. Don’t bully others. Social media is anti-social in that you are alone with a computer. It is easy to not realize that those on the other side do have real feelings.
3. Don’t be a coward by using social media to get back at someone who has offended you. If you cannot muster the courage to personally talk to someone about a issue then leave it alone.
4. Don’t brag about you and and your accomplishments. Do affirm and bless others with generous praise. 
5. Leave your church alone if you disagree with direction the leadership is taking. It is not only tacky for you to air your feelings but it is a poor witness to the lost. Also there are young Christians who will become confused by your actions.
6. Leave your family problems off the page. It makes people feel badly to hear family attacks by others.
7. Pictures are wonderful! But people do not want to see your inappropriate pictures.
8. Post interesting places, thoughts and feelings. Connect with friends to celebrate or to send concerns of life events.
9. Don’t connect with everybody. Old flames can become new flames and can lead to dangerous opportunities and failures. There is a reason it is a old flame!
10. Remember we will remember! Everything posted even when deleted has a way of coming back. Employers and future employers are looking today at posts. It would be best that when they look through your posts to see uplifting and kind posts rather than those you would rather not be on a resume. 

Transition Well

Steve Spurrier, “When something is inevitable, I believe you do it right then…” 
Coach Spurrier is teaching us a lesson in leadership that knows how to transition. Why is it important to transition well?
1. Teams cannot recruit for the future when the leadership Is giving unclear and unsure challenges for the future.
2. The present players will lose momentum as they lose the games. Momentum determines the ability to win or lose. When you have it, you can do no wrong! When you don’t have it, you can do nothing right!
3. The coaches all start wondering about their families rather than their team. No one wants to sacrifice their families livelihood for a team without a future.
4. The leaders resistance to transition speaks loudly that it is more about him than them. When organizations are run for the benefit of the leader rather than the organization the mission has got lost.
5. Legacy is lost when when Job security is of more importance than team health!
The same is true in ministry. We must all transition many times in our ministry life span. Sometimes it is us transitioning personally, becoming larger than we were. Our growth can have a great effect on the organization. At other times the organizations needs our greater than our capacity to effectively manage. There is no shame in that being the case. The shame comes when we become the lid to the organizations future by refusing to transition out. I believe that God gives us all a stage to stand and minister from. There is a time for the lights to shine on you! But there is also a time to move off the stage and let the lights shine on a new leader! Standing in the shadows and watching other stand on the stage and shining can be very gratifying. Especially when you have moved yourself there to make room for the future by your unselfish actions! Transition is inevitable. But doing it well or badly depends on our ability to be honest about our on realities!

Pastors Appreciation Day

Pastors Appreciation Day
Pastors Appreciation Day is The second Sunday in October this year. So on the Twelfth of this month churches will get the opportunity to show some love and appreciation to the pastor and his family. It does not matter the financial status of the church you cannot afford to not be kind and loving on this day. So what may be some bad reasons to celebrate this great day?
1. You don’t want the other churches in the community to appear that they are more caring than your congregation.

2. You don’t want the congregation to know how cheap you are so doing something would make you appear caring.

3. It gives you a chance to stand in front of the congregation. Status is a good thing!

4. You really have a good pastor and you want him to be happy so he will not consider other calls.

5. You want other pastors in your Denomination to hear how generous your board is so you can turn their head if there is a vacancy.

6. You like for the pastor to know who has the purse strings.

7. The people who really love and care for the pastor have a vote when it is time to elect Deacons.

8. It will give you a reason not to consider him a cost of living raise.

9. If you have a program to honor the pastor it will take time away from the preaching.

10. You really don’t want to feel like a poor leader for not giving leadership to a opportunity to love and appreciate the man of God and his family.