Archive for May, 2016

succeed title“What will you do in the first 90 days on the job as a pastor?”


Many times we go into a new church and feel the need to make big changes. We have big plans, a grand vision and a revolutionary way of doing ministry. We want the church to feel our leadership presence and to feel confident in our hiring. But this could be the worst mistake you make in your first 90 days. I’m all for vision, changes and plans. But in order for you to succeed in those 90 days, the focus needs to start with people. The goal needs to be on relationships. People generally don’t like changes so here are some ways to help you start off on the right foot.

  1. Meet and greet. Meet anyone and everyone in your first month.  Listen to their story and experiences at the church. You also need to ask them this one question, “Who are 3-5 people that you respect or look up to in the church.” Those are people you need to meet.

  2. Eat with all key leaders, volunteers, and staff.  Once you have identified the key influencers, eat with each of them. A meal slows everything down and gives you more time to build a relationship. Ask about their story and their spiritual journey. You’ll also ask about the church and their experience. This is all to gather information and data to confirm the vision and plan that God is giving you for the ministry.

  3. Gather the key leaders together. It’s your time to cast  vision and direction for the church and ministry. The leaders will be more open to your plans since you’ve built a personal relationship with them. Invite leaders to speak into your vision to gain more collaboration and support.

Relationships take more time and energy. It’s easier to tell a person about your vision rather than to love the person. But if you do build the relationship, those key leaders are more likely to follow and fight for your vision in the long run.

Napa-Michelle-Kim-Kelly-Dlux-6-featured-1024x683How to take Sabbath?

Kelly Dlux (the DJ Pastor) and Michelle Kim (actress and photographer), share how they approach their weekly Sabbaths. Pastors and Christians have a difficult time resting and enjoying a day off work because of a variety of reasons. Listen to Kelly and Michelle share some of those fears as well as their journey of seeing the benefit and power of a regular Sabbath. Kelly and Michelle also give some suggestions and tips to help you take Sabbaths better.






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how to interview betterInterviewing can be scary…very scary even if it’s for a position at a church. I was nervous during a pastoral interview and I know it showed. My answers weren’t as sharp or clear. This can sometimes be the difference between moving to the next round or being a one and done interview.


I’ve also had the privilege of being on the other side of the table as the interviewer. Here are some lessons that I’ve learned from and hope these tips help you on your next interview.


1) Know your 3 minute version of your story. Most interviews will start out by asking about your story. Interviewers ask this because they want a snap shot of who you are and what you have experienced. Don’t just share about your call to ministry. You’ll stand out if you open up your life journey (triumphs, tragedies and themes). This shouldn’t take more than 3-5 minutes.


2) Don’t talk bad about your last church. There’s always a huge red flag when someone criticizes their old church or pastors. Talking bad about your former church  makes you look bad.


3) Answer the question. When some people get nervous, they tend to over-talk. They may add more stories or side comments. If you notice the interviewer losing interest (maintaining eye contact, looking at their phone, tapping their finger) then it’s time to wrap up your answer. Stay focused and answer the question.


4) Ask lots of good questions. The end of the interview is always a time for you to interview the interviewer. Ask good questions and don’t apologize for asking it. You need to make sure that this is a place you want to work at too. Asking many questions shows your interest in the organization as well as your values.  I always notice how many questions interviewee asks.


Tom KAngHow to do Men’s Ministry Strategically?

Tom Kang, Men’s Pastor at Saddleback Church, shares the vision and strategy of doing Men’s Ministry at Saddleback Church. He presents a different paradigm of doing men’s ministry. Listen and learn how you can think differently and more strategically in developing the growth and maturity of the men at your church. Tom also gives some good wisdom for both men and women.






3 Take Aways

  1. Purpose Driven Men’s Ministry. Men’s ministry can’t be seen just as an event. The win can’t be the number of attendance at those events. There needs to be a more purposeful and holistic strategy for men’s ministry. It needs to help men live out their God given passion and and fulfill the five purposes that God has for men. If we don’t do that then we’re missing out on the bigger picture of helping men develop and grow the way that God wants. Pastors and leaders need to ensure that their men’s ministry is going in that direction.

  2. 1.2 Million. That’s how many men live in Orange County. That’s a huge number and I’m guessing a majority of them don’t know Christ. It’s so important that the church is attractive and inviting for these men to feel welcomed at church and also empowered to lead the church. If we can do that, then those men will lead other men and their families to Jesus. The stakes are high so it’s important for churches to be strategic in reaching men.

  3. Identity. No matter what kind status, money and physique that you have, all men struggle with their identity and need to find their manhood in Christ. It’s so simple and we know this truth if you have gone to church, but to actually live it out is incredibly challenging. There are so many things in the world that are tearing us away from true biblical manhood. So if a man can find their identity in Christ than the impact and influence that they have will be eternal.

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