Articles of Faith: Leaders Think And Contemplate

Think and Contemplate

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In my life experience, thus far, I have been exposed to many types of leaders.

Some would include the following: Political, Spiritual, Parental, and Business to name a few. In each of these categories, one thing is commonplace; many do not THINK nor CONTEMPLATE!

Though this failure should be diametrically opposed to leadership, it is all too common to behold by the damage left in their wake!

A Biblical Example…

In this past Christmas season, I noticed a Biblical example of a person who gave some thought to a serious situation. His name is Joseph. You know his story, and could probably quote the timeline as good as the Christmas pageants act it out!

Though knowledgeable of this great historical event, give some thought to a particular verse of Scripture found in Matthew chapter one.

(Matthew 1:20) “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”  (KJV)

In the first part of verse twenty, we see an interesting and often overlooked phrase. It stated that while Joseph thought on the situation at hand, that God have him some specific direction through an angel.

The thing I want to narrow in on is that part which says, “But while he thought on these things.”

Basically, Joseph did some thinking!

Great Leaders Are Thinkers…

It goes without saying that great leaders are thinkers, and great thinkers can be great leaders. Most leaders, however, try to lead without THINKING! Like the case with Joseph, crisis often drives us to contemplation.

Should this be the only driving force? I think not!

Should selfish motivations and self-preservation be the reasons why we give extra time to consider a subject?  Though it may seem that Joseph would fall in this arena as well, I think his thought life went deeper than that.

Joseph found direction for his life and his fiancé as he meditated upon his circumstance AND his God! No person will ever excel in his/her personal leadership abilities without being a thinker!

People Depend Upon Leaders Who Think…

If the hearts of the kings of this earth are in God’s hand (Proverbs 21:1), and He can direct them, then what does that say for us in less prominent roles in the affairs of society? Leadership must think about the consequences of their actions. There are far-reaching ramifications of all decisions which are made.

Joseph knew this, of course, and he desired to do what was right.

His lack of understanding of the situation was his biggest obstacle. He waited for more enlightenment and He received it! Good decisions are inseparably linked to godly wisdom. Because of the serious contemplation of Joseph, Mary and Jesus benefited by his leadership.

Conclusion…

Thinking Outside the BoxAs a leader, no matter the realm, we should be sure to THINK about our actions for the day at hand, weeks ahead and future years which lay before us. Failure to think leaves us to make decisions impulsively and “off the cuff”. If we are too busy to contemplate the decisions for our businesses, then we are too busy.

If we consider certain issues irrelevant, then we had better be prepared for their surprise entrance. Delegation of tasks are great, but we had better give some thought as to whom we share responsibility!

Leader friend, take time to THINK and CONTEMPLATE! Deciding to do more of this, could be the best decision you have made in a long time.

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Pastor Andrew Schank is Church Planter with Macedonia World Baptist Missions, Inc.
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Articles of Faith: Leadership “Do” Diligence

Do Diligence

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Most people are diligent in some area of their life.

Diligence shows up in many different places in people’s worlds. With many, sports is a pursued pass-time, while others may enjoy working in their gardens.

Even lazy people are diligent. You guessed it… they work at doing nothing! :)

One thing is certain, everybody, especially God’s people, must be diligent in whatever they come into contact with. By that, I mean we should endeavor to work hard at the task at hand. If we are to clean our house, then we should do it deliberately, and effectively! If we are praying, then we should actively engage ourselves completely in that labor.

Benefit From Diligence

Even to the casual observer, you can see the benefits of being diligent. Michael Jordan did not become the mighty athlete that he did by mediocrity. Lou Ferrigno‘s strength was not acquired by laziness and eating pretzels. Each of these men benefited from diligence! This is plain to see. The Bible vividly portrays three specific things which diligence can produce. Let’s examine them!

#1 – Diligence Can Produce Favor

(Proverbs 11:27) “He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.”  (KJV)

Did you know that you can gain favor from God and man by simply being diligent? The implication from this verse of Scripture is that when someone is early at the task of doing good and right they get favor. This goes a long way in shoring up a solid Christian testimony. On the other hand, when somebody is actively pursuing wrong, they receive their due reward.

Every leader, whether in the business world or in the church body, must have favor to be effective. The tendency is to get favor at any cost which can lead to sin. Hypocrisy is rampant among many leaders. From parents raising a family on Main Street to the CEO on Commerce Avenue, people are ever increasingly finding themselves guilty of ill gotten favor. God says that diligently following good will result in favor. Being held in high regard with our fellow man for the consistent and persistent race for righteousness is priceless!

One never knows just exactly how favor pays off. It might be one lone act that you thought nobody saw which will lead to that much needed raise in pay or promotion to another position. It might be that act of kindness years ago that leads to someone going the extra mile for you in your emergency!

Diligence can produce favor and favor can pay off!

#2 – Diligence Can Produce Prosperity

(Proverbs 10:4) “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”  (KJV)

(Proverbs 13:4) “The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.”  (KJV)

One reason why I like the Free Market Economy and Capitalist System is because of this Bible principle. When you are diligent, you will be rewarded. The Bible makes the statement that in all labor there is profit. How True! The slacker and the sluggard will not benefit by their behavior and will, no doubt, suffer loss. However, when someone works hard at their job, they will be rewarded. Yes, there are numerous examples of where people were overlooked and Corporate America hurting the little man, but that is because of the sin of man. God blesses those who work hard!

Notice also that diligence doesn’t necessarily produce material things. God says that one can be made “rich” and “fat”. Both of these terms are relative to God’s divine touch on our lives. Yes, Abraham, Job, and Jacob, are all examples of wealthy men in the Scripture. They all had the touch of God on their lives. Their testimony is well marked by the wealth they received, but consider the fact that numerous people in the Bible were diligent and did not have great material wealth. For example, the Apostle Peter did not have vast stores of material things as Abraham did, but certainly he had God’s blessing and was prosperous.

Applying this idea to the business world is very easy. When you diligently perform your tasks at hand, your team, office division, etc. will be prosperous. You can be more productive by not wasting time, thereby inviting the opportunity to be rewarded by superiors. Considering Main Street; what family is not prosperous!

Having children to attend to, a place to shelter you from the elements, parents to feed and nurture you, are all examples of prosperity!

#3 – Diligence Can Produce Honor/Position

(Proverbs 12:24) The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.  (KJV)

(Proverbs 22:29) Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.  (KJV)

From our verses above you can see how diligence plays a vital role in holding position (bear rule: has the idea of a “marshal”) rather than being a slave, and how hard work brings promotion! Although there is always an exception to the rule, 99.9999999% of the time nobody is promoted unless they, in some form or fashion, have earned it. The standard by which the promotion came is relative to the circumstance, but diligence played an active part.

(Psalms 75:6-7) “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”  (KJV)

I feel that the Bible clearly indicates that we can increase the scope of our dominion, if I can put it that way, by diligence. A small business owner can open a second store and a third, and a fourth, etc. by diligence. A Sunday School teacher can increase their class size by diligent study and preparation as well as by personally inviting people to come to class. Before long, the diligence pays off and a second class is formed.

With each example, you can see how that reputation/honor is gained and public recognition could take place.

Bottom Line…

In summary, one must be diligent in order to be the effective servant leader that God intends them to be. Inconsistent behavior will drain the swamp, so to speak. Many try to take shortcuts in their business and personal lives, but God sees all. Even though we might see the flaws in other folks’ character and wonder how they get by without practicing a diligent work ethic, God will take care of us!

Bottom line… BE DILIGENT!

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Articles of Faith: The Leadership “Stoplights”

Traffic Lights

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As long as I can remember, stoplights have been such an irritation to me.

Though used for safety and proper traffic flow, they can be terribly inconvenient. Almost everyone can attest to at least one incident in which a stoplight hindered getting to some event on time, or caused the loss of sight of the car you are trying to follow.

In spite of these unavoidable drawbacks, stoplights are so iconic to us that many towns are noted for having few, if any, in their jurisdiction. With all of this said, here are a few great lessons to be learned from the stoplight.

The Greater Good

Stoplights Were Created For A Purpose

Garrett Augustus Morgan first patented the traffic light, which was first set up in Detroit, Michigan in 1920. The original intent was for railroad signaling. Necessity being the mother of invention, the Morgan Light was used and modified into what we use today. Its purpose became handling the ever increasing congestion in big cities. It suffices to say that stoplights were specifically designed to carry out a specific purpose.

“Though the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, his stops are ordered as well” – Pastor Buster Mullins

We can learn something here. The Bible states in Psalms 37:23,

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”  (KJV).

Though it speaks of steps here, I was recently reminded by a great preacher from Southwest Virginia, that the stops are ordered as well.

God orders our life with a purpose. Accomplishing His purpose for us should be number one on our priority list. Sometimes He puts up red lights in our path to help us as we lead others, conduct our own Christlike walk with God, and raise our families. Every leader loves it when things seem to be moving along. In fact, many times it can be like driving with cruise control, but handling the stops can be exasperating!

Clear Thinking

Stoplights Give Clear Indications

Stoplights are rather clear in their business. It is stop, go, or slow to a stop. Every leader likes to have clear direction as to what to do in any given situation. Much of the deliberation in decision-making is the matter of accepting the fact of living with the consequences of our decisions. Though we like the green lights and usually get excited upon sight of their beaming rays, the red glow from the traffic signal is probably more important.

Think about this truth for a minute. When we are cruising along, someone has to stop for us. They observe our behavior and consider their destination and direction. It is while stopped that forgotten things are remembered. If the individual does not stop, they are likely to miss out on something important.

The hustle and bustle of the business day can leave one constantly bewildered and blindly going with the flow. When we are forced to slow down or stop, we can catch our breath and possibly make better decisions.

Bigger Picture

Stoplights Are Providential

When I was in the second grade at Gospel Light Christian School of Walkertown, North Carolina, my teacher related a most impressionable event one morning. Every morning she stopped by another student’s house to bring them to school.

On this particular morning, my fellow student remained asleep on the couch in spite of my teacher’s best effort to wake her up by knocking on the door. In a few minutes, the student was soon dressed and sitting in the car. Hurrying on to school and making up some time as well, they providentially were held up by an inconvenient traffic light.

While motionless at the stoplight, a semi-truck and trailer wrecked a vehicle in the intersection. My very thankful second grade teacher was careful to point out God had providentially saved them from a serious accident by stopping them at that light.

Smelling The Roses

Ponder This A Moment…

PonderingMaybe God has you stopped at a providential intersection. Instead of looking at the fact that your career is at a standstill, or that your business has not been as productive, could it be time for you to simply enjoy the respite and consider the lesson(s) being taught to you?

Properly handling the “stoplights” in your life, whether privately or publicly, can determine the longevity of your effectiveness as a leader. From my own experiences, I can tell you this is highly important to carrying out the divine will of God for our lives!

What is one positive result you have experienced as a result of knowing when to stop or slow down before advancing further? In what area of life would you most benefit from embracing “stoplight” moments?

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Articles of Faith: Vital Female Leadership Roles

Ladies in Leadership

Recently, through my facebook fan page, I asked for suggested topics to post on my ministry blog. A thoughtful lady proposed that we address the role of women in the ministry, and at home, and how they fit within a leadership role.

I know that, in the day in which we live, this is a hot topic among many congregations as well as in the culture that envelopes us. In later posts I will discuss some of the more sensitive issues, but in our flagship post on this powder keg subject, I want to start with a forgotten role that women play in the church. This role, of course, is that of the older women instructing the younger women.

Consider this passage from the Bible:

Titus 2:3-5

“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”  (KJV)

When one considers the text of instruction above, it is obvious, for the most part, that this is not going on today in many of our local churches or in other places in society as a funtion of women in leadership roles. It is entirely possible that our older, sainted women do not have the opportunity, or do not feel as though they have the liberty from leadership, to mentor new converts and younger ladies.

Sometimes there is a strong, mothering, instinctive desire to help, but their efforts fall on deaf ears.

The Apostle Paul instructed Titus to exhort the aged, or older women in the congregation to behave a certain way. Not only should they conduct themselves in a godly manner, leading by example, but they were to teach the younger ones how to do the same. This is a mandate from God.

Women play a vital role helping the next generation of young Christian ladies to be godly.

Pastoral leadership must provide the proper atmosphere for this to continue. There are numerous venues for this to take place. Sunday School and ladies meetings are great. However, it is often better when this takes place ONE ON ONE. Good and godly women can say what the preacher wants to say, but can’t.

There are some topics best discussed privately between older and younger women.

When considering the role of women in the workforce, you must understand that they CAN do a great job in many roles. In fact, they are much better than their male counterparts in many ways.

Basically, it is a matter of whether or not people are willing to follow their direction. Many men and women have old-fashioned and outdated ideas of what a women in power can accomplish.

No doubt, there are some areas that men should take the lead in, but one should not be overly discriminatory and discount the role women can play in the workforce. For the most part, management assesses the leadership ability of someone in more ways than just their gender. At least, one would hope they do!

In conclusion, if some dear aged saint wants to be a blessing to their church or their workplace, then I urge them to contribute by first being the example as described in our text, and then to seek out younger ladies, individually, and instruct them! Some young Christian ladies have not been taught how to dress properly, nor have many been exposed to proper etiquette.

This takes time to overcome, and done so with tender care. If the ladies of tomorrow are to have any virtuous women among their ranks, then our older ladies need to turn it up a notch or two today.

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Articles of Faith: Living In A Glass House!

I have had this topic of “living in a glass house” or “living in a fishbowl” on my mind for a while. Now that I write about it, I hope it will help someone!

If there is one issue about being in a leadership role in the ministry that causes me some aggravation, it would be that of living in a “glass house.”

It certainly comes with the territory, and one has to expect people to watch every move you make. It is like you have voyeurs around documenting your every move.

I am by no means a fan of the Hollywood star scene, but I can understand a little of their frustration with the paparazzi that they have to endure in the course of their daily lives. It is very hard to go somewhere and not have any privacy or downtime.

When one is in a leadership role, they tend to always bump into or see someone they know, or someone who knows them.

This probably sounds bad, but face it… sometimes leaders just want to be unnoticed.

The Business World

The business world, as we call it, could learn some lessons in ethical leadership. They too, live in a “glass house.” People watch their every move and many problems in the office have their root in misunderstandings based upon false presumptions. That is, people see certain things at a distance, and make assumptions based upon what they have viewed.

This can be a big problem for those in leadership.

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When I was a boy nobody knew me, except for family. As I grew up, more and more people became acquainted with me through school and such. As a child, you never think about those around you. That is, you are not aware that people observe you and form opinions about you. It wasn’t until I was sixteen years old that I began to REALLY understand what it meant to have a testimony.

The difference was this… this is when I was SAVED!

King James Version

(Proverbs 20:11) “Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.”  (KJV)

Soon after I was born again, God began to stir my heart about preaching. Within about six months of my conversion I started helping in the bus ministry at my church. As I started to preach each Sunday, the Holy Ghost began to impress upon my heart the need to of guarding my testimony. If I was to reach others, then I had better practice what I preached. In the years since that time, I have tried to do that very thing. I wished I could say that I have been completely successful, but I cannot.

King James Version

(Ephesians 5:15) “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,”  (KJV)

As a child of God, we must be careful to maintain a tasteful testimony before God and other people. Couple with that the leadership role in a church and you really have some responsibility! I am not complaining, but it gets hard sometimes. It is most likely a mental thing with me. I worry about little things that might hinder someone from coming to the Lord Jesus. Maybe it is an obsession of sorts. Who knows? The point is that people need to understand this issue, and do what they can to help ease this type of stress on their pastoral leadership.

The same goes for easing the burden on your boss at work.

King James Version

(1 Timothy 3:1-7) “This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”  (KJV)

Living the Clean Life

In conclusion, remember that your preacher has to live a life above reproach. The Scripture places some stringent qualifications upon him. It should not be a burden, but because of our old sinful nature, it is.  True, ministers have no days off and they can never have a bad day.

He lives in a “glass house” where everyone is watching him AND his family. Yes, God forgives our mistakes, but people usually do not! This can be very tiresome after a while. You can help your man of God by praying for him in this area and helping those who find fault to cut him some slack.

In addition, consider the following when judging those in leadership:

  1. Put yourself in their shoes.
  2. How would you respond to how you are approaching them?
  3. They have feelings too.
  4. Do what you can to help them, not hurt them or provide occasion for their further demise.
  5. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!”

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Articles of Faith: Is The Bible Relevant Today?

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Hours are spent each day printing newspapers, booklets, and other pieces of literature. The funny thing is, they will be out of date the very next day.

Though many short stories, poems, novels, plays, etc are endeared more with age, they still are not as enduring and relevant to our lives – as “up to date” – as God’s Word, The Bible.

Antiquated or Timeless?

Some complain about  the antiquated words found in Scripture. By doing so however, they miss to the point! The Bible does not need to be rewritten, but re-read! It is as up to date as this morning’s newspaper. We do not need to fumble around comparing translations, but wholeheartedly comparing Scripture with Scripture, as we read it more often and more intently.

Nobody can expect lost people to understand Scripture with great depth or clarity, as can those who have by grace found a place among God’s redeemed. The reason for this is found in I Corinthians 2:14. Consider:

(1 Corinthians 2:14) “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”  (KJV)

The natural man, or unsaved man, is not going to grasp the Word of God like one who has been regenerated by God’s Holy Spirit. The overwhelming failure to understand this truth has prompted the publication of newer versions of the Bible, in an effort to water down the language.

With that stated, God’s Word is still timeless! Even though verses are sometimes left out or misrepresented, God’s Word will endure and help those who will embrace it! This, of course, requires our own willlingness to seek and to understand, to speak and to listen.

Whose Wisdom Is It?

I say the Bible is more relevant today than ever before! Or at least it is more necessary, to remind ourselves of enduring wisdom. It certainly is the best place I have found to help understand lessons on leadership.

Human wisdom is being proven highly fallible, while the Bible as infallible. The most liberal men and women have long tried to disprove Bible events and portray them as myth. But with each year that passes by, they are indeed proven wrong.

Any person who is born again by God’s Spirit, can take the Bible and live by it – of course by the power of the Spirit, not by our own. Its precepts do not change from year to year, as the FDA, medical journals, and major think tanks’ recommendations do. For example, according to the ever-changing “wisdom” of our day, milk is good for you today, but tomorrow it can kill you!

God’s Word is not like that! It is immutable.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17) “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”  (KJV)

(Hebrews 4:12-13) “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”  (KJV)

(1 Peter 1:23) “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”  (KJV)

(2 Peter 1:20-21) “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”  (KJV)

As for Me and Mine

The Bible, for the true Christian, is the sole basis of their faith and practice. In a world of relativism, this makes Bible believers look weird in the eyes of most other people. That’s okay with me! I will go with God and His Word any day!

If more of God’s people would practice what God’s Word says, then we would not have as many folks thinking the Bible is not relevant for our generation.

We can all do better at this – yes, including me. It is our own incongruency with the Word, not the Word itself, which distances people from God rather than inspiring and attracting them. Let us do better at practicing what we preach!

What is one of the challenges you face daily, in attempting to live by the Word? What impact do you feel this may have on others? On your own joy and peace? On your personal life or professional success? What is one thing you can begin doing today, to more effectively immitate Jesus and God’s Word?

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Articles of Faith: Communicate Effectively

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I feel each of us would benefit not only ourselves, but all the others in our lives, if we seek to emulate Jesus Christ’s example of communication. This will help us be better leaders, co-workers, parents, citizens, and people.

Referring to Jesus, Mark records this testimony,

(Mark 12:37) “… And the common people heard him gladly.”  (KJV)

They Heard Him Gladly

Why did they hear him gladly? Because He communicated so well! He tailored his words to get on their level. He did what He could to make sure everyone could understand what He was saying. If the Son of God believes this is important, how much more should we seek to follow in His sovereign steps when we are trying to get our message to others!

In all areas of our lives — whether it is in our marriage, home, extended family, workplace, or church family — we need to communicate well. Our relationships and results, as well as both our joy and theirs, often depend on it. Sometimes the smallest detail, if not communicated effectively, can become a mountain which then must be scaled to resolve the issue that arises.

Personal Communication Challenges

In my own life, I can see where I have not effectively communicated with my wife. The results are usually not good. Though I spoke with her on each of these occassions, I did not effectively communicate.

That is the key: “effectively!

And of course, instructing children has its own challenges. It is not always an easy task. We can draw a map, give written instructions, or even rrovide an audio soundbite, yet they still do not do what we ask of them! Again, we must communicate effectively!

How to Prevent (Most) Explosions

In my life, even when it seems I have a mutual understanding with someone, I have found it is better to be double and triple-sure that we are on the same page. As tiresome as this is, it often the key to a successful ending. And many times small details can be overlooked if calrity and redundancy are not in the backs of our minds (and more often on our tongues.)

Consider the safety measures in Nuclear Power Plants, called redundancies. Many plants have installed three ways to shut off a valve. Having a primary shut-off, secondary-shut-off, and secondary backup is fairly common. The idea is to be sure the valve can be shut off completely, even if something goes wrong with the first one (or two).

So it is with sharing expectations, feelings, policies, desires, etc. We have every motivation (for our sake and theirs) to communicate our ideas responsibly, to ensure there is no unaddressed misunderstanding.

Think of how many divorces, church splits, and divided business partnerships there are each year. Many of them are due to a simple misunderstanding, grown far out of proportion.

Often the original misunderstanding, its escalation, and any of these painful results could have been avoided with effective (and responsible) communication.

Mis-communicating even the smallest issue can be like a small fuse attached to a powder keg.

Though the fuse is small, the results can be explosive!

Here are a Few Tips to Communicate Effectively:

  • Be clear & concise.
  • Watch your tone of voice.
  • Make eye contact
  • Use commonly understood words, appropriate to each person or audience.
  • Be kind and do not assume ANYTHING!
  • Watch for body language that would indicate the other person is confused.
  • Sometimes it is best to ask, “Do you understand what I am talking about?”

The Bottom Line

We must give our all to effectively communicate with the people we cross paths with on any given day. Whether we are sharing God’s love with a sinner or a saint, we must be sure to do it effectively! If we are dealing in procedure and policy, we must likewise share it effectively with our colleagues.

Whatever we do, we must remember this: COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY!

It can save us all some grief and humble pie!

What experiences have you had, in which you or someone else sufferred because of a lack of effective communication? What successes have you had because you communicated well?

Pastor Andrew Schank is Church Planter with Macedonia World Baptist Missions, Inc.
He has a servant’s heart for missions and church planting

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Edited by Mike Weppler

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