Author: Neil Schultz

By God's grace and for His glory, I love and lead my family of 8 into serving our Lord Jesus by helping church leaders and their spouses build healthy, resilient and productive lives, families and ministries. Connect with me! You'll find I'm surprisingly responsive!
Overcome Scatterbrain

Overcome Scatterbrain

Want to know how to overcome scatterbrain?

I tell ya! Finally! SOMEONE who understands me! Yes! I just figured out how to overcome scatterbrain.

I just spent an hour with Jonathan Milligan, my blogging coach who leads Blogging Your Passion University.

In his webinar, he mentioned “scanner personality” and then “scatterbrain.” My ears perked up and he mentioned another link to a website of absolute monumental proportions for me.

Now, I’m not talking about stressful situations where you lose your car keys or forget an answer on a test. Nor days in the church office where you lose yourself in tasks of lesser importance, look up and realize it’s already 6 pm and you’ve got to run home, slam dinner down your throat before Bible Study or small group begins at 7 pm.

No, I’m talking about real, live, getting through to how to overcome scatterbrain once and for all.

I was told by my beloved music teacher in high school that I was going to be a John Lennon within 10 years of graduation. Although I LOVE music and LOVE to create, I haven’t “made it” in that profession yet. I HAVE made an income through music. I served a church in the worship leader role. I’ve played in bands. I guess by that definition, I was a professional musician.

But, my interests also have led me to PEOPLE, so I became a pastor. I love people. Christians are some of the neatest people ever, and I want to help them become more like their Lord and Savior. As a pastor, I love other pastors. They are my friends. I understand pastors. I’ve been in full-time ministry since 1994.

However, I love the MILITARY too. So, I’m an officer helping military people with their spiritual and emotional needs.

But I also LOVE speaking, and writing, and Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings, can I be a Jedi like Obi-Wan? Can I be a Dunedain Ranger like Aragorn?

I have spent time in many jobs: selling books online, event planning, office machine sales, online education consultant, corporate recruiter, trainer… I even spent a year and a half troubleshooting computers for the Navy and Marine Corps. If I spelled out every job I’ve had on my resume, your head would spin. ALL OF THAT WAS WHILE I HAD THREE TO FOUR KIDS AND WAS PLANTING A CHURCH!

Key to How to Overcome Scatterbrain

Overcome scatterbrain? No! I recommend you forget about overcoming it.

Embrace your scatterbrain!

Realize there’s even a word for it now: “multipotentialite.”

Love it!

Thank you for unlocking the door to realize that although I haven’t “grown up” yet and “settled down,” I enjoy learning and helping people. I think self-actualization just cranked up a notch tonight! Thank you, Jesus, for allowing me to be me. No, thank you for helping me overcome scatterbrain by embracing it.

I believe You created me to have these many interests and experiences. Sure, I had a hand in it with some wild-eyed decisions (which my wife didn’t always appreciate by the way). I want to serve You with all that I am, with all of my varied interests.

Question: If you’re a church leader (or family member of one), how do YOU overcome scatterbrain?

Men’s Breakfast

Men’s Breakfast

Men's Breakfast | Church Leaders Campfire

Men’s Breakfast!

How do we put on a men’s breakfast at church? WHY do we put on a men’s breakfast at church? What is it about breakfast and men on (typically) Saturday mornings in American churches? Should we do away with the paradigm that believes that men should get together once a month to eat eggs, bacon, pancakes, orange juice and coffee, act with caveman-like butt slaps, grunts and charmless witless banter about sports, weather or sexual struggles? Do we really need another sermon–while eating breakfast?

The men’s breakfast idea came about in American churches for what purpose? To bring men together to talk about men’s personal issues. Is that important? You bet! However, I find it hard to believe that most American men feel safe in a public setting to discuss problems with listening ears around. Isn’t in smaller more intimate and intentional settings where we share our pain, struggles, victories and conscience? Such as in the car or in a friends backyard or basement or at the dinner table?

Questions:
1. What is the goal of your men’s breakfast?
2. Does the men’s breakfast accomplish your church’s goals?
3. How would you know if it did?

How to Build Your Platform

How to Build Your Platform

Build your platform with Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt. Wow! This is an essential must-have if you’re trying to reach an audience a larger scale.

I wish I had this course in seminary, almost as a Preaching 501 class or a how to communicate that burning message inside you… for church leaders like me who wish to truly influence others with my message.

I wish I had this course as a new business owner, perhaps from the Small Business Administration or some other organization that helps new business owners get their feet under them or at least on how to build your platform, whether through sales, networking, offering free seminars or speeches, SEO/SEM or social media campaigns.

I wish I had this course as a new military officer, seeking to spread a positive influence with those I serve alongside… how to build your platform in that environment is essential because the noise is loud!

May I suggest you pick up a copy of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World in both hardback AND kindle version? Hopefully I won’t sound like a total raving lunatic about this, but I’m a new fan. I’m in need of help in this area. I think I just hit the mother lode!

Here’s an infographic on how to build your platform, called 5 Steps to Building Your Platform:

Platform by Michael Hyatt

QUESTION AROUND THE CAMPFIRE: Would you like help in organizing yourself to build your platform by creating a broader and more effective influence on those you are trying to lead?

The Best Defense is a Good Offense

The Best Defense is a Good Offense

The Best Defense is a Good Offense

The best defense is a good offense” is an old proverb that has been applied to many The Best Defense is a Good Offensefields of endeavor, including games and military combat. Generally the idea is that offensive action preoccupies the opposition and ultimately its ability to directly harm. Mao Zedong opined that “the only real defense is active defense”, meaning defense for the purpose of counter-attacking and taking the offensive.Often success rests on destroying the enemy’s ability to attack. In reference to fighting terrorists, Matthew Levitt opines, “It’s important to pre-emptively strike at those who intend to do us harm.” The principle is echoed in the writings of Machiavelli and Sun Tzu.

The best defense is a good offense

In some board games, such as Risk, one’s ability to build up armies depends on aggressively attacking so as to acquire territory; however, in Risk, luck in rolling the dice is the ultimate determining factor. Players who fail to do so, and concentrate instead on holding the line against enemy attack, will likely end up in a weak position.

Indepthinfo argues that this adage does not always apply: “When the battle rages between two players one should put every ounce of power in the offense, but when several players are involved, the political element changes this dynamic.” In chess, one’s ability to prevent enemy attacks often depends on maintaining the initiative – i.e., making a series of threats that the opponent must use his turns to parry, rather than launching his own attacks; thus, common tips used in conjunction with this adage are that the best way to upset your opponent’s plans is to become menacing and that the best way to stop an enemy threat to your own king is to attack his.

In sports such as soccer and basketball, the adage “the best defense is a good offense” is used to note that success can hinge on an effective offense that keeps the ball on the other team’s side of the field, thus not only creating scoring opportunities but preventing the opposing team from scoring.

In a culture like ours in modern America, which embraces diversity, to suggest that certain truths apply to everyone is downright offensive. Pointing out sin isn’t popular and many Christians are labeled as “intolerant” for refusing to accept certain behaviors and ideas.

Unfortunately, many people have embraced a distorted Christianity that tries to be “politically correct.” They don’t want to offend anyone, so they accept sin rather than confronting it. Ultimately, their words of “love” ring empty because they accept sins that ruin people’s lives.

Other Christians just try to avoid sinful culture altogether. They have been taught to go on the defense—to hide in their homes, churches and schools to shut the door on the evil influences of culture. This is where we end up having the church of “We Don’t Do That” and Christian schools appear no different than public schools.

But Jesus challenged His followers to be on the offense—to proclaim the truth without shame.

Our households, churches and schools should become staging areas rather than fortresses; training environments that equip God’s people to confront a sinful world instead of hiding from it.Jesus knows that the pagan world will resist, but He dares us to go there anyway, and to be His conduits for HIS building HIS church in those very places that are most morally decayed.

As we listen to Jesus’ challenge today, we as Christians should ask ourselves the important question:

**Question: Are we on defense or offense?**

The Gates of Hades

The Gates of Hades

Gates of Hades: Caesarea Philippi

In first century Israel, the gates of Hades was known to be located in Caesarea Philippi. This city would be an equivalent of Las Vegas – Sin City – but much worse than the modern city in the American West. The location of Caesarea Philippi was especially unique because it stood at the base of a cliff where spring water flowed. At one time, the water ran directly from the mouth of a cave set in the bottom of the cliff.

Gates of Hades - Caesarea PhilippiIn Jesus’ time a temple stood in front of this cave. A powerful stream of water flowed out of the measureless and very deep pool emanating from the grotto (cave), according to Josephus. This cave was believed to be the gates of Hades. Other shrines and temples stood here including this one to Caesar. The niches in the wall held images of the gods Pan, Echo and Hermes

The common belief of pagans in this era was that their fertility gods lived in the underworld during the winter and returned to earth each spring. Water was a symbol of the underworld and it was commonly thought that their gods traveled to and from that world through caves.

To the pagan mind, then, the cave and spring water at Caesarea Philippi created a gate to the underworld. They believed that their city was literally at the gates of the underworld—the gates of Hades. In order to entice the return of their god, Pan, each year, the people of Caesarea Philippi engaged in horrible behavior, including prostitution and sexual interaction between humans and goats. In the open-air Pan Shrine, next to the cave mouth, there was a large niche, in which a statue of Pan (a half-goat, half-human creature) stood, with a large erect phallus, worshiped for its fertility properties. Surrounding him in the wall were many smaller niches, in which were statues of his attending nymphs. On the shrine in front of these niches, worshipers of Pan would congregate and partake in bizarre sexual rites, including copulation with goats – worshipped for their relationship to Pan.

The Gates of Hades was no place for a good Jew! When Jesus brought his disciples to this awful place, they must have been shocked. Caesarea Philippi was like a red-light district in their world and devout Jews would have avoided any contact with the despicable acts committed there.

This was a city of people eagerly knocking on the doors of hell.

**Question: What city comes to mind when you think of Caesarea Philippi?**