3 Mistakes Leaders Make When Starting a New Year by Eric Geiger
Don’t make these mistakes starting a new year as a leader.
Here is a typical scene the week after Christmas…
A leader gets some rest, feels rejuvenated, and the burden to lead the team better in the New Year starts to grow. The leader reads a book, favorites a dozen blogs, listens to some leadership training on a variety of topics, and is fired up for the first meeting with the team he/she leads. In the midst of the enthusiasm, here are 3 common mistakes leaders make as a new year begins…
Dive Into the Bible and Learn to Swim by Trevin Wax
Incorporating regular time in the Bible might be on your list of New Years goals, and
Bible ownership is high. Not so with Bible readership. Only one in seven adults reads the Bible daily.
Why so few? Most Americans claim it’s the busyness of their lifestyle or their own frustration in understanding the biblical text.
Among churchgoing Protestants, the number of Bible readers is much higher. Eighty percent claim to read the Bible at least once a week. That’s a hopeful place to start if you want to reinvigorate Bible reading in your church or push toward a “read the Bible every day” routine this year.
10 Worthwhile Things to Pursue This New Year by Kristen Wetherell
With the new year we’re inundated with a list of things we “should” be doing, but this list of pursuits is worth a read.
“Time is of the essence,” we say, and how true this is, especially for Christians, for life is but a breath before we meet Jesus in person. Controlled by Christ’s love, motivated by his glory, and compelled by his heavenly home, we’re uniquely glad to spend and be spent for Christ all our earthly days.
In light of this joyful goal, here are 10 worthwhile things to pursue this new year…
3 Ways a Good Assistant Helps a Leader by Cody Deveers on LifeWay Leadership
If you’re a leader, do you have a great assistant? This article by Cody sheds light on the importance and benefits of having a good one.
I am my own worst enemy. I am absent minded. I easily lose track of time. I over-extend myself. I am aloof to my blind spots. Renee isn’t. She sees it all. She has access to my email, both church and personal accounts. She controls my calendar. I think she may even have my credit card number! Before taking on writing for this blog, I ran it by Renee. More and more I find myself saying, “I don’t know. Ask Renee.” And that is a good thing. It frees my mind to focus on how to move the church forward rather than obsessing over things I shouldn’t.
A good assistant will fill-in-the-gaps missing from a leader’s skill set.
Why Are Our Children So Anxious by Corrie Cutrer
Anxiety is becoming more common for our children and teens, but what can we do about it? This article from a Christian perspective is very encouraging.
Just within the last five years, Sissy Goff, a licensed Christian counselor for children and adolescents in Nashville, has seen a dramatic increase in the number of new young clients she has begun treating for anxiety. “When I first started counseling twenty-four years ago, probably one out of every twenty kids coming in were dealing with anxiety,” she says. “Now, out of my new appointments, I would say at least sixteen of every twenty families are here for that reason, if not more.”