Tag: Reflection

Have you heard from God yet this morning?

Have you heard from God yet this morning?

3 Reality Checks every Pastor, Church Leader AND their Spouse Needs to Strengthen their own Lives, Families and Congregations

Hearing from God is more than just “checking in” in the mornings. It’s your vital lifeline throughout the day. Bowing is a great start to anyone’s day.

“The LORD raises up those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous” – Psalm 146:8 NASB.

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Pastoral Posture and Finding Your Voice

Pastoral Posture and Finding Your Voice

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?

What Happened to Neil Schultz?

What Happened to Neil Schultz?

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.

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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?

Campfire Benefits

Campfire Benefits

Campfire hiking backpackingSitting around a campfire with friends or family often makes me marvel at what an amazing experience it is and why I don’t do it more often. I wonder if it’s because I busy myself with too much. Maybe it’s because scheduling a gathering around the fire is too much of a chore, or because I can’t stand the mosquitoes. Even though our reasons for not getting to the campfire might be a mix of all of those things, we still need to realize the value of the experience. When we start up a campfire, God starts some very interesting soul

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