Blogging or fruitful online ministry hasn’t come naturally to me. I like writing. I enjoy people. I love God. I love my family. I work four jobs and have six children. Life isn’t so… easy… these days. I’ve been frustrated with my inconsistency in writing, but am clinging on to the idea that this blog is only just getting started. This blog has been relatively unclear and all over the map; somewhat like the flight path of a Read More…
“Lord, I don’t know the future. But You do. If You want me to stand up, please help me stand courageously. If You want me to sit still, please help me to sit peacefully. If You want me to lay down, please help me lay patiently. If You want me to wait, please help me wait expectantly, valiantly and wisely. I’ll do what You want. I’m Yours. I may not know the outcomes, but You do. I trust You. Amen.”Read More…
We are back up and running after several months of website challenges and trials.
We apologize for any malware you may have received as a result of some WordPress plugin problems we’ve been having, but the problem has been identified and eliminated. We can honestly say, “Church Leaders Campfire Restored!”
We do not anticipate any problems in the future, but always say things like that with the honest caveat of
May you enjoy favor in God’s eyes tonight and for the rest of this week.
You may have heard by now, but my friend Jeff Goins is teaching a free video series on what it takes to use your message to find your first 1000 followers and making your first $1000.
Thousands of people are taking advantage of this, but I didn’t want you to miss it.
Jeff just released the second video in the series, and you won’t want to miss this (or the first video, which I recommend you go back and watch).
Free Video Series
My friend Jeff Goins is teaching a free series on how he built his powerful tribe of millions of followers over the past few years, but he’s doing it in an unusual way.
Instead of telling you the things you want to hear, he’s telling you the truth. He’s not giving you a bunch of empty promises. He’s telling you how to achieve real success. It’s pretty bold.
The first video just went live today, and in this video, Jeff debunks the myth that you need a huge following to make a difference or even make a living.
Watch it here:
Why 1000 true fans is better than 1 million mediocre followers
How to start getting attention online, immediately
The mindset shifts we need to start getting noticed
I hope you like this series. It’s seriously unlike anything out there I’ve ever seen.
How to Find 1000 True Fans… It’s better than having a million casual followers. Remember, Jesus spent most of His time with 12, rather than the masses.
Neil for Church Leaders Campfire
P.S. This series is only available for a short time, so don’t wait to watch these videos. Check out the first video training here before it’s gone!
For a limited time, my friend Jeff Goins is giving a free eBook on how to build your audience called, Every Writer Needs a Tribe.
Now, this isn’t some short PDF “report” or white paper. It’s a full-out book that Jeff has never before released to the public. And he’s letting a handful of friends offer to their audiences for free.
Whether or not you think of yourself as a writer, this book will help you use writing to get your message out to the masses.
If you’ve felt like you have something to say but aren’t quite sure how to share it…
If social media intimidates you or technology overwhelms you…
…You’re going to love this book.
Check it out here:
Neil for Church Leaders Campfire
P.S. The book is only available for a short time, so go download it today!
We have been called to spiritual warfare.
We need to remember as churches, our job is not to collect an audience but to prepare an army.
We are in a war.
If you didn’t know that before, please consider reading Daniel 10.
For further insight and better equipping for this war, consider the following works:
- Spirit Warriors, by Captain Stu weber
- Waking the Dead, by John Eldredge
- Handbook to Spiritual warfare, by Ed Murphy
Will you join me?
With such a curious title as “Pastoral Posture and Finding Your Voice,” you might ask yourself if I’m discussing a chiropractic lesson or a music performance lessons (hey, I WAS a vocal performance in opera major my first year in college!)
No, I don’t have a key insight into your back’s posture and why you might slouch while preaching a sermon. I COULD give voice lessons, but that’s not the focus of this blog. In fact, what HAS been the focus of this blog? If you’ve been following Church Leaders Campfire for about a year or more, you might find a smorgasbord of content here in the blog. That’s about to change.
I’ve been attending Michael Hyatt’s “Influence and Impact Summit” online and it HAS influenced me! Listening to @LysaTerKeurst, the President of Proverbs 31 Ministries, who shared about how my audience receives my message best. This is what I’m calling “Pastoral Posture and Finding Your Voice.”
Basically, there are three voices a communicator can use toward their audience:
1. “I’m the Expert” – This is the voice that says “You Should…” which is basically a lecture on what to do.
2. “I’m the Front Door” – This is the voice that says “You Could…” this is when I share what I’ve done (usually past-tense) but I’m not really sharing my current experiences (or failures for that matter).
3. “Out in the Field” – This is the voice that says “I May Be Two Steps Ahead of You, But I’m WITH YOU!” This is where you’re putting your arms around your tribe, congregation or family, and make friends with them.
Which one do you use in your family? Which voice do you use with the church you serve? What voice do you use when helping others?
Me? I sense the Lord’s leading to change the tone of Church Leaders Campfire. I’m switching the pastoral posture from an “I’m the Expert” to “Out in the Field” because I’m a multi-vocational minister who seeks to leverage the power of the internet to build friendships and network alongside with other Godly men and women for the sake of His message through me. I’ve found my voice, which is “I may be two steps ahead of you, but I’m WITH YOU!” because I’m a ministry practitioner and fellow traveler in God’s kingdom.
Will you join me? More clarity and re-branding to come…
Question: What’s your pastoral posture and voice?
Hi. Remember me? Neil Schultz? Yes, it’s been months. There’s a story to tell here. I deeply missed you all. I missed the interactions over the phone, over Skype, over LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and email. I miss you. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with you all.
Three months ago, my family and I left the church where I served as Senior Pastor. It was not pretty. In fact, it was the result of a brutal four hour long business meeting which my wife and I were uninvited from. No defense. No voice. No opportunity to lead, love or even explain. No, there were no moral (or biblical) grounds for such treatment. No immoral internet accounts or inappropriate relationships. My preaching was solid. Relationally we tried as best we could to connect. Ultimately, it was not a good fit. Rather than get revenge or retaliate, I’ve discovered it best to take the moral high ground, forgive, and move forward with a limp as best we can. They have no idea of the damage done as a result of how hard their heated, aggressive, emotionally charged vote made our life this Summer.Read More…
“Its the job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien
Whats most difficult about reading the Bible daily is taking it off the shelf.
Conversely, I’ve started plenty… But sometimes I’ve not known how to finish.