Skip to main content

Takeaways from Pen-FL District Council Message from Alton Garrison

Interesting quotes or facts that he shared as part of his message: 

The four most difficult jobs according to Peter Drucker:
1)  President of the USA
2)  President of a University
3)  Hospital Administrator
4)  Pastor of a church

[Concerning one thing that is different in today's day and age about pastoring and something that makes our job as a pastor very difficult]  According to George Barna, "regular church attenders" miss church 12-15 times a year!  This means 30% -40% of your church people who were here last Sunday won't be there this Sunday!

 All quotes below are from Alton Garrison, Assistant General Supt. of the Assemblies of God: 

"Sometimes we feel like we're preaching to a parade..." 

"Every door of opportunity has with it a challenge." 

"You've got to give up to go up." 

"Don't let someone put your 11 x 17 picture in a 5 x 7 frame."

"Doors of opportunity also lead to periods of disappointment."

"Long range vision keeps you from getting sidetracked by short term delays."

"If God has called you He will preserve you."

"Pursue the anointing -- don't ever be guilty  of trying to cook when the gas is off."

"Understand the value of alignment.  You can have a Rolls Royce but if just one tire is off, it's not going anywhere.  Don't just preach about one thing all the time -- strive for a balance in your preaching."

"Make your life and your lips agree.  Speak with integrity."

"Pastoring is like dealing with Tupperware.  You think you have the lid on and all of a sudden it pops up somewhere else." 

"Stop doing any activity in your life that would disqualify you for the ministry."

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

What To Do First to Make a Profit

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 investing and training and all of that, seeking God for his blessing and…

I'm Just Being Transparent...

This year at the Stronger Conference, a young minister stopped me as I was walking out of the room at the conclusion of a workshop and she said, "I want to tell you something..." (I was all ears.) She said, "Do you notice how many of the speakers this weekend are saying, "Now, I'm just being transparent when I tell you..." or "I'm just keepin' it real..." I nodded yes. In fact, I mentioned that I was one of those speakers. I think I probably said a few times in both my keynote message and my workshop that I was just "keepin' it real."

After I affirmed that yes, I had noticed that -- she said, "Do you know why they have to do that? They do it...and you do it, because so many people don't keep it real. So many in leadership aren't transparent, Deanna. That's why all these people speaking here feel an urge to declare their transparency.." I let her know that usually when I say, "I'm just keeping …

Why You Should Never Hijack a Comment Thread
Social media etiquette 101

One surefire way to kill your influence in social media and wear out your welcome fast is to become involved in derailing somebody’s comment thread with your own agenda. Networking and hijacking aren’t the same thing. It’s surprising how many people don’t understand that this is a guarantee for tearing down a platform as quickly as you build it.


Passion is good, even necessary. I appreciate people's zeal for their personal core values. What is not appreciated is the attempt at a redirection of a comment thread when the comment has little or nothing to do with an original post or is twisted at best.

Social media provides ample opportunity for all of us to share what’s important to us on our own platform. Eliciting others’ responses and developing connections largely depends on our ability to communicate and compel. Some people are open to receiving private communication from others although they aren’t always able to answer personally or at length. But hijacking a comment thread no…