60 Second Morning Routine Tweak

I’m not sure if it’s because it’s the beginning of a year or what the deal is, but I’ve been a little bit focused on tweaking my routine. The last podcast had to do with an evening routine adjustment I’ve made, and this one has to do with the morning routine.

Last time I talked to you about unplugging the internet or having an internet timer on. Our timer is currently set that our internet goes out at 9:30 at night, which leads to more reading, earlier to sleep, and it’s just good all around. I’m quite happy with that.

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The Internet Timer Trick

I want to highlight something today that I have probably mentioned in the past along the lines of productivity and energy management, but something that I’ve revisited here early in the new year. It was one of our better household habits over the last year or so and we’re actually enhancing it a little bit. What I’m talking about is having a timer on our modem for the internet.

Now in our household, we don’t have cable TV. Our TV is effectively the internet, and our primary location probably is YouTube both for instructional and entertainment. We also have Amazon Prime, so we catch some things there, but YouTube is where we spend a lot of our time.

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Profit First For Churches

The book Profit First by Mike Michalowicz has been revolutionizing the way small business owners manage their finances. In this episode, Daren speaks with bookkeeper Graham Utz about church financial management and how Profit First can be applied to the way churches manage their finances. 

Sermons vs Sermonettes

I’ve been thinking lately about a quote from John Stott in his book “Between Two Worlds” where he makes the comment that sermonettes produce Christianettes. It’s one of those classic books that you just never get rid of. If you Google that quote, you find all kinds of articles and discussions about what is a sermon versus a sermonette.

But the question I’ve been mulling on in relation to that is, does the length of a sermon make a sermon more or less effective? And in this context, is a longer sermon a better sermon? Is a shorter sermon, a sermonette, less effective?

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The Church Vision Hamster Wheel

Your church doesn’t need a vision statement. In 12Church, we are figuring out how to be and make disciples in this time and this place, which includes of course, being all in on mission with Jesus. I really wish that’s what all churches were obsessing about rather than going through all of these exercises, trying to figure out their unique vision and unique mission and all that kind of stuff. There is a little place for that, but not the level of obsession that I’m seeing in many churches.

Before I address the fruitless, time-wasting, unbiblical practice of church vision statements, a bit of background. I pastored three different churches over 18 and a half years and spent some time in the professional speaking, internet marketing world. For the last decade plus I’ve been a transitional pastor and coach going into churches typically in crisis between lead pastors, walking through a process, getting them back to a semblance of health and helping them find a new leader.

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