Skip to main content

What To Do First to Make a Profit

The PF Women Team at our Annual Team Retreat  ~ 2018 Today on Seth Godin's blog, he said: It's tempting to decide to make a profit first, then invest in training, people, facilities, promotion, customer service and most of all, doing important work. In general, though, it goes the other way. Yes, it does. If you are waiting to make a profit before you do these things, in my experience you're  not going to make a profit. So many organizations, ministries and churches are struggling with financial issues. I know your pain. As anyone who follows our story knows, our ministry was in a ton of debt four years ago when I came on as director.  Since that time, we've gotten out of debt and turned a profit every year.  God has done amazing things through out team, for which we give Him the glory! I find that what Seth is saying here is absolutely true, with one disclaimer. For Christian leaders, spiritual disciplines must always be first. Before we started inve

5 Questions

Saw these on another pastor's blog today and thought I'd take a stab at answering them for myself... my mind is fried from preparing several messages in one day and as all you regular readers know, when I get that way, I "relax" by typing something that doesn't require a lot of study or thought, but is just light and easy writing.

1. Share a moment/ time of real encouragement in your journey of faith.

So many. But I guess the task here is to pick just one. So...I would say the past few months have been a time of real encouragement in my journey of faith. I've gone through a lot with everything from a serious situation with Savanna's teacher at school, to my car being wrecked and totaled, to my son being very sick and hospitalized, to just the day in and day out rigors of pastoring a church. And through all that I've learned even more who's really "with me". My true friends have been of great encouragement and have not failed to lift me up not only in prayer, but in sharing a cup of coffee, a card, a hug or even doing something special to let my children know they are loved. The other thing about all this in the past year is that I've grown a lot closer to God - so much deeper in my walk Him...I truly am, as Pastor Lisa says, "in another place in Him."

2. Do you have a current vision / dream for your work/ family/ministry?

Oh yes, always. I believe if you aim at nothing, that's exactly what you'll hit. For some time now, (actually when I turned 40 a year ago) I developed a personal "statement of purpose" and then my mission/goals written out. I keep them in my daytimer and look at them each day so I know where I'm headed in life just in case a bad day comes and I forget just what is in store for me as I seek Him and continue on the path. I will share them here with you -

My purpose statement:
The purpose of my life is to reach people for Christ and restore and empower them through writing, speaking and personal mentorship, bringing them to a place of impacting others
with their God-given potential.

My lifetime mission/goals:

1) To facilitate a healthy marriage, for life.

2) To do the best I can to raise my children to love and serve the Lord, and to dedicate themselves to furthering His Kingdom in whatever capacity they are called - whether to full time ministry or marketplace ministry.

3) To serve as a true co-pastor/ministry partner, not just in title but in function as a true spiritual mother of a local church body.

4) To spend my life profoundly affecting untold numbers of people through writing.

5) To continue to take local, regional, national and international speaking engagements - as many as I can handle with whatever current season I'm in, and still effectively keep my family and the church as priority.

6) To write, speak and mentor in such a way that leads people to permanent life change, reproducing other leaders in ministry through mentoring/coaching utilizing all three of these avenues.

7) To continue to grow during all seasons of my life, furthering my education in both formalized and non-traditional learning settings.

8) To facilitate health and wholeness for myself personally on a regular basis so I can stay at my optimal best to reach my lifetime goals.

9) To be a full time writer by my life's end.

So there you have it! The great thing about a life purpose statement and mission/goals is that when things come along (which they will in everyone's life) that you aren't sure about doing or not doing, the purpose/mission/goals help you clear away ideas and opportunities that are not for you and focus on God's agenda for your life.

Having this made clear for me makes things much easier and also helps me form the relationships I need in life. (All of mine are built within the framework of these goals. I realize I also need friends that move me toward these goals, not away from them. This also helps me in knowing the difference between a good friend and a God friend!)

3. Money is no object and so you will.....

Pay somebody else to clean my house so I can spend all my time focusing on the above 9 things rather than cleaning toilets and scrubbing floors.

4. How do you see your way through the disappointments? What keeps you going?

A steady, intimate relationship with God where He speaks to me through the disappointments is most crucial. He says in His Word in Isaiah 45:3 that " I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name." We can only get certain things by going through the dark times. As we are in those dark times, He shares things with us that we couldn't possibly learn when all is going well. There are things we would learn no other way than facing disappointments. There, you become so attuned to His voice - as He whispers your name. His Word, His power keeps me going. In addition to that I just enjoy going with a friend for coffee and talking about it just to have someone else "with skin on" to listen and pray for me.

5. How important are your roots?

Very important. My hairdresser Ada colors them every four weeks for me. Okay, roots are upside down. I believe for the Christian, our roots are in heaven. This world is not our home. First and foremost I'm a daughter of God. I am His alone. At the end of my life, no one will stand with me to answer for my life, just me - before God. No matter where I go in life, where I live or who I do life with, it is God the Father who claims me first and foremost as His own. And I'm so thankful for that. I am His. He is mine. I like it that way.


Popular posts from this blog

Relevant Church doing something...

incredibly RELEVANT!

I just heard some news today that really inspired me. A church here in Tampa, Relevant Church is doing a new thing this month called the "30 Days Sex Challenge." (I've never visited the church but Pastor Trinity - our children's pastor - has visited or has met some people from this church and he was very impressed.) Realizing that this is a major element missing from some marriages (the frequency factor) their lead pastor, Paul Wirth, has issued a challenge for all the married couples to have sex for 30 days in a row. At the same time he has issued a challenge for all unmarrieds to completely abstain from sex. Of course we know the Bible says that those who are unmarried should not have sex in the first place but the point is, a lot of unmarried's aren't obeying the Lord's command to abstain and this is just one pastor's way of trying to get them to see that indeed, there is a better way! (God's way!) At the same time, many married couples are not

Excellent teaching on Criticism

My friend Pastor Leanne posted this today on her Myspace blog and I thought it was excellent and so timely. It's a blog post from Pastor Perry Noble , about criticism. I think it's perfect for the pastors at Relevant Church right now, as well as any other person going through this. I would like to note that when he says, "when God begins to move" it wouldn't necessarily just pertain to your church but to your life, your family, your marriage, anything that concerns you. I have found that the greater God does things in my life and the more He blessed me the more I should expect it. This teaching is good, so good I was almost wavin' a hanky in my office. Okay, here we go... You Will Be Criticized When God Begins To Move–Expect It And Get Over It. (Pastor Perry Noble at ) I've never met a devil worshiper–to my knowledge that is. When I first became a Christian I was convinced that I needed to do all that I could to be ready to comba

What Verbal Abuse is Really Like, and Why We Must Care
Guest Post: Terri von Wood

In my speaking travels, I meet the most amazing people. Some are connections that go beyond just a night or a weekend of preac hing. One day on my journey, I met Terri von Wood, and we immediately clicked and have been friends ever since.  Just a reminder that all of our guest bloggers this week are available to chat with you in the comment section here on the blog or on my facebook page where the blog is also published.   *** People who have never suffered through or witnessed abuse (including pastors) often don't know how to help women in abusive situations. Knowledge is power and it is my belief that if the church understood the prevalence of abuse, help would be made available.  First, we must acknowledge that the divorce rate is the same  in the church as in the world.  Second, we must understand that the 50% divorce rate does not include all the women who are abused but stay because they do not know what else to do or do not have anyone to turn to.  If those women we