I tossed and turned throughout the night. Sleep did not come easy as I stressed over the upcoming meeting the next morning. I had been frustrated for a while and hoped the situation would resolve itself. It did not. It only got worse. What was my mistake? I waited too long to take action. Fearing conflict, I avoided having the difficult conversation. My delay only complicated the issue.
Mistakes are inevitable in life, and ministry is no exception. It is important is that we learn from our mistakes. Making mistakes is a process of growth, and if leaders are not making mistakes, they probably are not doing much. Is it okay to make mistakes at your church?
In recent months I have had some heath challenges. Doctor's appointments and probing tests have made me realize it is time to get serious about my health. As I have talked with other pastors, I realize I am not alone. There are many of us who need to take better care of our health.
A pastor recently emailed me with this statement:
"Life places many demands on us. I have noticed an increase, especially in the last year or so, with many different areas of my life that need attention. Sadly, it has caused my health to suffer. I have gained quite a bit of weight and have developed some heart problems. Do you have any suggestions on the best way to get back on track, as far as my health is concerned? And, what is the best way to prioritize it all?"
This Sunday evening I meet with my church board for our monthly meeting. It will be the 125th board meeting I have led at this church. That is a lot of meetings!
I have been blessed to have some great board members and a lot of productive meetings, but they have not all been easy. At times there have been conflict, misunderstandings, and differences of opinion. Thankfully, we have always been able to work through our challenges for the benefit of the church.
Here are some things I've learned along the way that has helped us have more productive board meetings:
Hi! I'm Loren Hicks. I am follower of Jesus, a husband, a father, a friend, and for the past