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The last words of a person can reveal a lot about their character, values, hopes, dreams and mental state at the time.

Last Words Matter

For some, their last words reveal their dry humor, such as the convicted murderer James W. Rodgers, who, when asked if he had a last request before going in front of a firing squad replied, “Bring me a bullet-proof vest.”

Leonardo da Vinci revealed his ache at not accomplishing enough in life on his deathbed. In his final breaths, he said, “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”

I hope that when the time comes for me to utter my last words that they will be full of love, and lacking any regret.

Jesus’ Last Words Really Matter

Over the next four weeks and on to Good Friday we will look into some of Jesus’ last words from the cross. At his lowest moment, beaten, battered and bruised, rejected and reviled, Jesus spoke words of limitless love.

There is so much we can learn from his example.

Jesus was Selfless in Suffering, Praying in Pain.

He showed Greater Grace and Determination in Desolation.

Unlike Jesus, when I am going through pain I find it very hard to focus on anything else. There is a direct correlation between rising pain and lowering care for the needs of those around us. It is hard to help others when you are hurting.

As we look forward to Easter Sunday I want to invite you to join us on Sunday’s in one of our three services (9:30am, 11:00am, and 12:30pm) in either our North or South Auditorium or online at www.np.church. Our services are usually posted early the next week so you can view them when it suits you best.

As we dig deep into the last words of Jesus I know that you will be prompted to action.

Love is an action word. Love must do something. Even in pain, loneliness, rejection, and desperation.

So take action and join us on Sunday. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

 

Humbled, Excited and Nervous

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Humbled. Excited. Nervous.

These are just a few of the words I use to describe how I feel right now when asked by friends and family.

The role of Lead Pastor carries a tangible weight of responsibility that God has been preparing me for over the course of my 21 years in full-time vocational ministry. And for the last 14 years, I have been blessed to be a part of the North Pointe family. At times I wasn’t sure if there would be a chance for me to fulfill the calling of leading a church that God laid on my heart as a fifteen-year-old. Other times I thought our family would need to relocate to a different church, city or province to see this dream fulfilled.

I am so thankful that God had other plans.
He prepared me. He shaped me. And He told me to wait.
And His timing is always perfect.

As I write this I am trying to wrap my mind around the fact that I am now the Lead Pastor of North Pointe Community Church. But a strong vote of 98% of the membership and 97% of the soon-to-be members (you know who you are!) has confirmed that it’s true.

Humbled. Excited. Nervous.

I am humbled that God would take this small town kid and set me in such an important leadership position. I am humbled that God chose this broken man, who in times of heavy grief wondered if I’d ever pastor again. And yet, Christ in his mercy has seen fit to elevate me. Humbled.

Excited. Not the ‘kid in a candy store’ excitement that is erratic and unpredictable. It’s a growing sense of joy rising in me with a fire in my belly. “Greater things have yet to come, greater things are still to be done in this city,” echoes the popular worship song. I am thrilled to see the people who will experience real hope, new life and lasting purpose in Jesus Christ in the coming months and years. The future is bright. And I get to be a part of it. Wow!

Did I mention that I was feeling nervous? I have been in training for years and this is the next logical step. I don’t think you can ever be fully prepared for a position like Lead Pastor. At times the weight of responsibility piles on me. In times like these I am reminded that God’s strength is made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). It is this nervous energy that keeps me on my knees. I need God more than ever. I haven’t arrived yet, I have just begun. Lord help me to lead with love, wisdom and integrity.

I am honored to be the Lead Pastor of North Pointe, and I look forward to what God has in store for us as a church body. It’s going to be a good ride.

29 YEARS OF ADVENTURES IN SAYING YES

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Twenty-nine years ago Rev. Bruce Fisher invited me to serve on his pastoral team at Central Tabernacle in Edmonton.

I said, “Yes.”

I had a lot of hair and some experience.

Twenty-nine years later I have almost no hair and a bit more experience.

Isolation To Congregation

Being a pastor was not my childhood dream. My aspiration was to become a hermit – to live a tranquil life in isolation undisturbed by people. So how did I get from isolation to congregation?

I said, “Yes.”

God nudged me to follow His calling and be trained to become a pastor.

Ten years along my pastoral journey I accepted the role of Christian Education and Missions Pastor at Central – a storied church and one time flagship of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Only two years previous a horrible congregational split had eviscerated this wonderful group of people. We worked hard to heal their heartache and despair.

Leading Through Relocation

Four years into our labor of love – February 1994 – Pastor Bruce’s health failed, disabling him and sending him to the sidelines. God called away all but me from our pastoral team. Four months later I was asked to be the next Lead Pastor at Central.

I said, “Yes.”

June 30, 2006

Fast forward six years to May 2000. Our congregation took a big risk, stepped out in faith and decided to relocate to the least churched area of Edmonton. We left an iconic facility in an urban location and began to look for land on the frontier of northwest Edmonton.

Three years later – April 2003, after multiple failed attempts to secure land – an opportunity arose to purchase 38 acres of a farmer’s field in the middle of nowhere.

We said, “Yes.”

A New Beginning

One month later after the snow melted we celebrated God’s provision by holding a party and “planting” a Bible on the property – prophetically declaring that our influence would be inspired by the Word of God.

$1.3 million in debt, and facing an $11 million building project, we also said “Yes” to raising an additional $1 million over the next ten years to support the dream of developing a Village of Hope in Harare, Zimbabwe for orphans of HIV/AIDS. To raise a million dollars, you need a million dollar idea. The VoH was a million dollar idea.

(It took us 15 years to achieve our goal but today there are homes for children, a nationally ranked school, a medical clinic, a feeding program, and a multi-purpose community facility.)

Come As You Are

Sunday July 16, 2006 was opening day at North Pointe Community Church. Our roadside sign offered the heartfelt invitation of “Come As You Are.” We meant it. People believed it.

They said, “Yes.”

The original 495 people now number 3716 – those who call NP home – from 85 nationalities, and 16 denominational backgrounds. And we’ve only just begun. Our roots go back 102 years to people meeting in a house church who started this whole endeavour.

Sunday July 16, 2006
International Sunday April 2018

North Pointe is a come as you are, life-giving, mission-driven church, devoted to Jesus, and His love for the world.

We exist to lead people into real hope, new life, and lasting purpose.

Leaving Home

North Pointe is family. The facility is home. Jocelyn and I always knew that one day we would bless North Pointe by following God’s prompting – this time to leave home.

We said, “Yes.”

Our “yes” to God was never meant as a “no” to our church family. Our richest memories are coloured with North Pointe blue and the love shown to us.

Sheila Walsh and Pastor Jocelyn at a SRO event for women in September 2018.
Staff appreciation luncheon on February 28, 2019.

And we will watch from a distance as people we love see to it that North Pointe thrives as a community of people in process; where the curious, the unconvinced, the skeptical, and the used-to-believe, as well as the committed, informed and sold-out, come as they are together around the conviction that Jesus is the Saviour, the Son of the living God.

God bless North Pointe.

Yes and amen.

Rev. Bob and Rev. Jocelyn Jones (PB & J)

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JESUS: DESPISED AND REJECTED

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Rejection makes you feel like you’re not good enough. That everyone is better than you. Rejection is defined as to throw away, the state of being refused or the denial of love and acceptance. No wonder it hurts so much.

One person’s opinion, or one single incident, should never define who you are. Don’t let your self-worth depend upon other people’s opinions of you. Just because someone else thinks something about you, doesn’t mean it’s true.

When it comes to revealing one’s true character, there are few tests as effective as rejection. No man ever passed this test like Jesus. He was abandoned and rejected, not by just one but by all. Nevertheless, He remained loving, kind and generous.

He accepts and loves you as you are.

Rejected

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him.

That’s my Jesus.

Nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

That’s my Jesus.

He was despised and rejected by mankind.

That’s my Jesus.

A man of suffering, and familiar with pain.

That’s my Jesus.

Like one from whom people hide their faces.

That’s my Jesus.

He was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

That’s my Jesus.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.

That’s my Jesus.

He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.

That’s my Jesus.

And yet…

He took our pain.

That’s my Jesus.

He bore our suffering.

That’s my Jesus.

He was pierced for our transgressions.

That’s my Jesus.

He was crushed for our iniquities.

That’s my Jesus.

The punishment that brought us peace was upon him.

That’s my Jesus.

And by his wounds…we…are…healed!

That’s my Jesus.

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

That’s my Jesus.

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THE REAL DEAL: VELVETEEN PASTOR

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“The Boy’s Uncle made me Real,” the Skin Horse said. “That was a great many years ago; but once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”(Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit(1922) (Avon Books Edition, 1975), pages 12-13)

Becoming Real

Like the Velveteen Rabbit when new, Pastor Bob started in this pastoring business with a full head of shoulder-length hair, and a full beard. 39 years later, he has been loved well by his congregations and communities, has a lot less hair, and has like the Velveteen Rabbit, become “real”.


A guest post from Tim Fowler – published author, member of the Board at North Pointe Church and a fellow writer. You can enjoy his work here – Birch Canoe.


The Deal With Being Real

Being a pastor is like any other job. You go to school, train, apply, get hired and go to work, you report to someone, and others report to you. 

But, it is unlike any other job: it will rub your hair off.

Pastor Bob has lead too many funerals, dealt with too many unknown details of pain and grit in his counseling office. He has blessed babies, graduates, marriages of young and very old. He has visited broken people in their broken homes, talked people off the proverbial cliff, and experienced the shock and horror when they cannot be talked down. 

These are people he loves, and knows well, people from his congregation and community. These are not strangers executing a single transaction, they are people he has a relationship with. Some are deep relationships.

By The Time You Are Real

“You can only become real by being loved for a long time.” The Skin Horse said. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

Life tends to polish off the rough edges, grinding, honing, polishing, making us real.

Pastor Bob has been real for sometime. He has witnessed sparkling miracles, and vicious bitter disappointment. Through it all he maintains focus on God’s promises. In fact he leads a congregation where our tag line includes the phrase: where people are real.

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THE HOLY SPIRIT AND LOVE

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The intensity of what happened after I prayed convinced me that something supernatural was taking place. My future changed in an instant.

I was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Talking To Others About Jesus

The year was 1976. Ancient history for some but for me it feels like just yesterday.

A Saturday afternoon and I was kneeling by my bed praying. It was me and God. Saturday afternoon prayer meetings were not usual for me but this was an unusual time in my life.

I was living in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario where I had a job with Air Canada.

God was prompting me to talk about Jesus with people who were closest to me. The thought of talking to others made me nervous.

I needed love, confidence, and power.

An Encounter With Real Power

Acts 1:8 records Jesus’ promise, “…you will receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”

So, I prayed, “Lord, please fill me with your Holy Spirit.”

God answered my prayer.

My experience that day was real. I began to pray in a language that I did not understand but made sense to me.

I received a power that included the ability to speak up over my self-consciousness.  I became Spirit-conscious.

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The Holy Spirit And Me

By nature I am non-demonstrative, and reserved. Few people would ever describe me as being overly emotive.

Pentecostal-type experiences are often labeled as mere emotionalism, however they are much more than that.

Myself and other spirit-filled, introverted ministers and believers stand as testimonies that being filled with the Holy Spirit is about power not emotion or personality.

The fullness of Holy Spirit doesn’t change personality – He empowers believers to be bold, loving witnesses.

A quiet spirit can be quite a powerful influence in sharing Jesus with people.

It is good with the Holy Spirit and me.holy-spirit-1


Screenshot 2016-04-30 16.01.23I was asked to write my story for the May/June 2016 issue of The Testimony, the national magazine of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC).

Read the full story in The Testimony here.

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BACK FROM THE BRINK: AL DOWNEY

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In April of 1989, I came precariously close to ending my life.

I was in the throes of a completely debilitating depression. Totally incapable of rational thought, very ill, and unable to help myself, I lived believing the tormenting devilish lies continuously being fed into my mind. They were condemnatory, malicious lies, without foundation, yet to me they seemed completely logical. They dominated every moment of conscious thought.


Rev. Al Downey is the Pastoral Care Co-ordinator for the Alberta and Northwest Territories District of the PAOC. In the last year he and his wife, Yvonne, have made over 3,000 contacts in caring for ministers.


Guilt And Pain

Yes, I was a believer.

Yes, I was a pastor. That only magnified the guilt and pain. It brought a deeper shame and more complete sense of failure. I believed that I had failed myself, my family, my church, my vocation, and most of all my God. Desperation drove me to the ‘brink.’ One step into heavy traffic and it would all be over.

In that one fragile, frightening moment, when life and death wrestled for domination over me, I am so glad that life won. I am here today only by the grace of God. I came 2 steps and 10 seconds away from being a suicide statistic. I would have missed so much.

Empathy and Comfort

In the light of the furor caused by the recent suicides of pastors and all the subsequent discussion it has spawned, I wanted to address this issue from my own past personal hell, and offer these few thoughts:

First, to those in ministry who feel in absolute hopelessness and desperation, I want to say:

You need not feel any sense of blame, shame or failure because of your present situation. Great men and women all through Scripture and Church history have faced and fought the “black dogs” of depression and mental illness. You are not alone in this. There is no need to suffer in silence. You have always been, you are, and always will be, valuable in the eyes of Father God. Wellness or illness cannot change that. You are His prized possession.

Reach Out

You can and should reach out for help. I firmly believed that no one could help. I was wrong. There was help available. There is a positive, constructive way out of your private pain. There are numbers of us who personally understand what you are facing and we desire nothing more than to walk with you through this time. Modern medical help is available as well. More is understood about mental illness than ever before.

Hope

This torment is only for a season. There is hope for the journey ahead. I know you will find that hard to believe. I didn’t believe it either. I had no hope, no expectation of recovery. Yet, here I am almost 30 years later, functioning well in life. I take medication to stimulate the production of serotonin in my brain. I feel no remorse or guilt for doing so. I only feel gratitude for the help it gives. It is a small price to pay. Long ago I chose to discount the opinion of those who would censure me for taking ‘tricyclic antidepressants.’

Do I believe in divine healing? Absolutely! However, when God chooses to heal me, I will rejoice. Until then, I will thank God for medicine. I encourage you not to hesitate to take medicine prescribed by a competent, caring physician. Stick with it. It will make a difference.

Grace And Mercy

Since my recovery, God has allowed me to minister to scores of people living, as I had, on the brink. That has brought me immeasurable joy.

Can we, with the same grace and mercy we have received from God, allow Him to judge according to His love? Then we will be free to be caregivers for those who are fighting mental illness and comforters for those left behind in the terrible wake of suicide.

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LOVE RESTORES SO GET PERKING

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When is coffee more than java? When its Kingdom Coffee.

Jesse and Steph Singleton are Calgarian entrepreneurs with a cause that goes beyond caffeine. Because of their generosity the robust aroma from a bag of their fresh ground Nicaraguan medium roast is teasing my senses.

The Singletons gave out free coffee at a pastors conference I attended. The story behind Kingdom Coffee coffee is richer than their roast.

Our Story

Four pastors went undercover and spent time with the homeless on the streets of Calgary. There they met a man named Jim. He was addicted to heroin, crack cocaine and alcohol. Jim was at the end of his rope, fighting addiction and contemplating suicide.

The four pastors listened to Jim and showed him love. They brought him to a recovery centre where Jesus found him and changed his life. He went from being a violet, angry addict to a gentle man who his grandchildren ran to as he walked through the door.

Jim passed away in December 2015 from a tragic workplace accident.

Jim’s Legacy

We believe that if a few men can love Jim, then we in turn can love other people who are struggling like he was. We share our coffee with people to hear their story and let them know someone is listening.

A portion of every bag sold goes to helping people in recovery and finding them a place to sleep at night. We thank these four men for taking the time to love Jim.

Jim was Jesse’s father and this is his story

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SHEPHERDS BURNING OUT SHOULDERING BURDENS

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Andrew Stoecklein and family

Shepherds are an endangered species in North America. The women and men who accepted a call to shepherd congregations through their valleys of the shadow of death have broad shoulders. But even the best are falling prey to deadly burdens.

Burdens they often bear alone.

Jim Howard, lead pastor of the Valencia campus of the more than 6,000 member Real Life Church in California fatally shot himself in the head at home on January 23rd, 2019. His associates didn’t hear his pain.

This post is for Pastors.

And their families.

And the people they pastor and those who lead with them.

Shepherds’ Struggles

Pastor Ted Parker, 42, of Macon, Ga., died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the driveway of his home while his 800-member church and his family waited for him to show up to preach on Sunday morning.

Inland Hills Lead Pastor Andrew Stoecklein tried taking his own life at his megachurch in August 2018. He died three days later. The pastor left behind three young children, and his wife. Weeks earlier he tried to explain his struggles to his congregation.

Most pastors are not suicidal. But most pastors do struggle.

“Pastors shoulder a huge emotional burden, but they’re burning out…alone.” Ainsley Hawthorn a reporter for CBC noted on Jan 20, 2019.

Tragic Expectations

In 2017, Christ the Rock Community Church in Menasha, Wisconsin, announced that its founding pastor, Bill Lenz, took his own life—a tragic event that followed a months-long battle with depression.

There is no lack of statistics about pastors and depression, burnout, health, low pay, spirituality, relationships and longevity—and none of them are good. Three-fourths of them lead churches that are struggling by almost any measure or metric.

In this generation, pastors are expected to be business savvy, Instagram quotable preaching celebrities, fully accessible, deeply spiritual, not too young, not too old, but better young, and if a pastor doesn’t quite measure up to someone’s expectation, they are given a two out of five star rating on Google. Yep. Google ratings.

Inadequacies

The professional demands placed upon pastors are incredibly varied. Team leadership, budgeting, and project administration are often significant demands in a role that requires continual public speaking and individual counseling.

Combine that with being a scholar, an effective evangelist on the cutting edge of cultural relevance, and a leader in the righting of social injustices – even the prepared church leaders are usually left feeling inadequate.

4 Common Causes Of Ministry Pain

1. Emotional Pain: Doctors, nurses, psychologists, therapists, and social workers are just some of the professionals who are at risk of compassion fatigue, burnout, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of regularly witnessing the intense suffering of others.

These ailments are caused by what’s called secondary or vicarious trauma. When someone describes a painful life event, an empathetic listener will feel grief, fear or anxiety on a small scale, like an echo of the original pain.

2. High Expectations: Pastors often tolerate and unwittingly collaborate with expectations that they are capable of doing anything and should be perfect in all aspects of life and worship. The clergy profession has been labelled a “holy crosssfire” as the leader and his or her family attempt to juggle competing expectations of self, family, congregation, denomination and God.

3. Deficient Social Support: A pastor spends the bulk of their relational energy engaging intimately and intensely with others, but without reciprocal sharing and support. Deficient levels of social support resulting from these “half-intimacies” contribute to consequences such as marital maladjustment, depression, loneliness, role overload and inappropriate relationships with church members, in addition to burnout.

4. Financial Demands: Working long hours for comparatively low pay is stressful for clergy and their families. It is not just the financial realities themselves, but the guilt that Christian leaders may experience for being concerned about such “materialistic” matters resulting in doubling of the stressor.

Intervention: Managing Ministry Stress

My friends, Dr. Gerry and Sharon Michalski, pastors at Soul Sanctuary, Winnipeg, Manitoba shared the following with lead pastors of large churches at a pastors conference in January 2019.

Their advice is a blueprint for pastors, their families, and church leadership to work together to ensure well being and replenishment.

Pastor Gerry Michalski, 500 Plus Conference

1. Pastor – Stop. Breathe. Pray. Stop what you’re doing. Take a deep breath and gather yourself. Now ask Jesus for peace, wisdom and courage to be vulnerable. Repeat.

2. Do something about it. There can be a tendency for pastors to think, “This problem is just too big. I’m helpless. There is nothing I can do.” One key is to create a sense of personal urgency to do something. Lead yourself well.

3. Talk to a supervisor, physician, counselor, mentor or trusted friend. Seek their support so that together you can generate changes to alter the feeling of helplessness. Vulnerability in a safe space is courageous. Boards – insure help on all levels is provided and promoted – prayer, medication, support, counsel.

4. Be interdependent with God. Target and acting directly on the source of the stress in collaboration with God. Make use of the Sabbath principle. Take off a day a week, a week a year, 3 months sabbatical every seven years – not as holidays – but as rest for your soul.

5. Trade abstract expectations for concrete expectations. Pastor – do you have a job description? Agreed upon work arrangement and hours?

6. Take regular breaks. Walk. Run. Ride. Take a day off every week. Use your vacation days. All of them.

Kerith Retreats is a wonderful resource for pastors and their spouses. Surrounded by the calm of nature, Kerith Retreat centres offer the space to truly find stillness and the retreat schedule enables leaders to experience profound renewal.

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THE BELICHICK WAY

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Its hard to argue with success but when it comes to Bill Belichick there are a foolish few who have been known to take on the task.

Over his 44 year career, Belichick has the most playoff wins among all active professional football coaches. Additionally, he has a record five Super Bowl wins (and rings). He is the only NFL coach to win three of four Super Bowls in four years. He is widely considered as one of, if not the greatest coach in NFL history. #GOAT

His insights can help any coach, leader or achiever think straight and position themselves for consistent success.

The Power Of Leadership

#1. Good players can’t overcome bad coaching.

Team performance is leadership’s responsibility. No excuses allowed.

Leaders who take 100% responsibility for the team:

  • Deal with under-performers quickly.
  • Expect team members to support each other.
  • Bring tough issues into the light.
  • Measure what matters and display it publicly.
  • Find roles where team members leverage their strengths for success.
  • Own failure and honor success.
  • Listen deeply.

Face The Future

#2. To live in the past is to die in the present.

Control

#3. We can only control what we can control in the short-term.

#4. We don’t talk about last year. We don’t talk about next week. We talk about today, and we talk about the next game. That’s all we can really control. The rest of it will take care of itself.

Character Or Talent

#5. Talent sets the floor, character sets the ceiling.

#6. Success is not all about talent. It’s about dependability, consistency, and being able to improve.

#7. The one thing I’ve definitely learned is you’ve got to count on your most dependable people… It might not be your most talented people. But you count on your most dependable people…

#8. I’m going down with that person. (Referring to the dependable person.)

Serving The Team

#9. Mental Toughness is doing the right thing for the team when it’s not the best thing for you.

#10. Whatever success I’ve had it is because I’ve tried to understand the situation of the player. I think the coach’s duty is to avoid complicating matters.

Content via Dan Rockwell at Leadership Freak.

And since you’ve gotten this far, you’ll know my appreciation for Belichick is through the roof because he hired Jack Easterby to care for the soul and spirit of the Patriots. If you don’t know jack about Jack take a minute to click the link and meet the most popular man on the team and why.

APPLICATION

Love him or hate him, please leave a comment about Belichick or the Pats before he becomes a part of the greatest NFL dynasty of all time. Thank you. Go #Pats.


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