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

The thing that made my day today...


I came into the office today very tired and honestly not feeling so well. The issues with my tooth getting fixed have really bothered me physically. (I have a temporary crown right now - will get the permanent one March 14th. I believed maybe I was in need of a root canal before he puts the permanent one on...just hoping not and crossing my fingers.) However what I decided to do was take the rest of the bottle of antibiotics the dentist gave me previously just to see if it would work. Lo and behold, with every dose I take it's getting better! No, not pain free yet but it's 100% better than it was. I'm inclined to believe it was just a really nasty infection. I'm hoping when I finish this bottle my pain will be gone. So anyway, this morning I took my customary 2 antibiotics and went on to the office...

I made myself a cup of tea as soon as I got there and decided to catch up on the bazillion work e-mails that have been calling my name to answer before I delved into my other work. I saw that the Assemblies of God women in ministry "Side by Side" Newsletter was in my inbox. This is for pastor's wives and women in ministry. I always enjoy it. Usually it's featuring somebody like Darlene Betzer (one of my heroes - I love that woman!) or Peggy Musgrove or someone equally as motivating. I thought, "yippee! I'm going to start my day by reading this and get a boost of inspiration...I wonder who they are featuring today?"

I was looking for something fresh, something new to invigorate me (and yes, I had already done my devotions that morning...no tsk tsk from any of you, please... ha ha!) but I do have to say when I opened up the newsletter it was all old hat to me. Nothing new. Nothing fresh. I could have told you everything that was said before I opened the thing up because...I wrote it! (LOL)

Yep, I was the featured writer today and I didn't know it was going to be me. They had asked me years ago about this article I wrote on leadership (it was also in the AG's Enrichment), and sometimes they purchase articles but use them years later. This was the case with this one. As you can see by the article if you read it, it says we've been in ministry 17 years, but we have been in ministry 20 years. I guess I had submitted this 3 years ago and it's been floating around their office just waiting.

Well today it made my day to open the newsletter and see my words there. :-) I think every writer gets a great blessing and feeling of accomplishment to see their words in print. It's like, "hey, somebody besides me, my husband and my best friends think this is worthwhile stuff..." I got a kick out of it and went out into the outer office and told my colleagues at the church..."hey, open up your email and see who's on AG WM's news today!"

This is cool. My day consists of something besides a hurting tooth now. Ain't God good? I just wanted to share this with you, my friends. It made me smile and I know my true friends are smiling with me. :-) (Our successes are one another's successes in a covenant friendship.)

You can read the newsletter yourself by clicking here.

Comments

Unknown said…
PD,
Congratulations on having your work posted in the newsletter. You are an awesome writer and I know it must be rewarding to see your work published. Keep up the good work!

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 no

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 http://www.perrynoble.com/ ) 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 c

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