What Are Your Priorities?

I was looking through some old Evernote’s and saw one of my first notes when I came to Element Church to start my new position.That was almost two years ago now. It was a kick list of everything I needed to work on with the ministry personally. I started the list with my four “values” priorities:

  1. Love people
    1. This should never change. We are in the people business. God has called us to the people we serve.
  2. Cast vision
    1. As the Family Pastor I take the overall vision of the church and cast specific vision for each of the areas I lead.
  3. Celebrate the past
    1. When you take a new position the temptation is to come in and change everything just for the sake of change. I spent time celebrating what was done in the past rather than tearing anything down. One of the best honor moments we had was celebrating a staff person who was moving out of kids into another area. I bought flowers and had the teachers present them and pray over her in front of all the kids. This brought honor to her, my pastor and the church knew I was for them. I didn’t do everything right with this but that is maybe the one thing I did do right.
  4. Evaluate for the future
    1. Lists are a good way to think through what needs to be changed. One of the best practices is to walk around and see things through the eyes of a new person. Now I wouldn’t suggest carrying a clipboard or iPad to write those down as that can be intimidating (I made that mistake).

I thought that was a good reminder and sent those four to some of my staff. What are thoughts? How about your priorities, what are they?



Delivering the Word To Kids – NEW SERIES

I am collecting my thoughts on communicating God’s Word to kids. I have just recently put together a self evaluation form for our elementary teachers. I did this both through their and my own evaluation that our training process was lacking. I am putting together a simple plan to help us all become better communicators.

My challenge was that in my life if I wanted to learn something, I did it. No one ever purposely sat me down and told me these things. Most I learned the hard way. A few, I read in a book. Some I just stumbled upon. I happen to learn many things quickly by simply teaching myself. That presents a challenge when sharing that information with others. Not everyone learns in this way.

This series is intended to be a place for me to gather and organize this thoughts to better equip the saints for ministry. I wanted to share it with you so that perhaps it will help someone else or even perhaps you might have a word to add.


Some of my intended posts include:

  • preparation
  • humor
  • delivery
  • connecting with the kids
  • evaluating
  • earning the right

Let me know if there is something you would like to see covered or again if you have any input.

Learning From Mistakes

One of the ways we all learn is from our mistakes. We can even learn from others mistakes. In fact that is the preferred method. I believe sometimes we can fear mistakes and failure to the point where we don’t want to even try. When we fear failure, we become what we fear.

Here’s how to learn from mistakes.

1) Don’t allow fear of failure keep you from trying anything new. Sometimes we would rather settle for an old problem than find a new solution. I think we have to avoid getting comfortable with issue that we face rather than risking a new solution.

2) Take your shot. Sometimes I hear “Pastor Jason why do you want that person to do that? You do it so much better.” Please understand this, I couldn’t always do things as well as I do them now. Someone gave me the shot to make mistakes and learn. I wouldn’t have grown and developed had someone not allowed me to “sorry all over people” as Jim Wideman says.

3) Identify your mistakes. I think sometimes we don’t even realize that we are making mistakes. Evaluation is key to growing in this area. Sometimes it may take even another person to help coach us. Often we realize what we think is the problem, is not the problem.

4) Don’t make the same mistakes. Just learn from mistakes and don’t repeat them. As I told someone this week “make a new mistake every week“. Don’t make the same mistakes all over and over again each and every day.

5) Focus on solutions. We get off track when we focus only on the problems. Come up with multiple solutions. Implement those solutions. If those solutions don’t fix it, try something else.