How a pastor should spend his Mondays

Monday_Morning_LogoThe saying goes like this: “Monday is a hard day for pastors.” I’m not so sure how true that is in reality. Yes there are some Mondays when the pastor would rather get through the day. Here are three reasons why.

  • The sermon did not go as well as the pastor thought it would. He studied all week to only have the message leaving him feeling inadequate.
  • The response was small or non-existent. Attendance may have been low or no decisions for Christ were made.
  • The complainer who always has something bad to say, on Sunday. Or better yet, comes in on Monday to ruin a good Sunday.

Some pastors take Monday off, but someone said, “a pastor should not take Monday off when he knows he is in a bad mood.” Here is how I have learned to make Monday a great day in spite of reasons to be down. I used to make Mondays my “administrative” days. I would get as much admin tasks done as possible in a day. The problem is I’m really not all the passionate about administration. Then I also found out that admin tasks had a way of still showing up at the end of the week. Then to pile on I realized I was doing too much administrative stuff. Here is how a pastor can make Monday a great day.

  • Preaching – I stopped the admin push and started working on the next Sundays message. I plan ahead. So I know where I’m going in preaching. So when I study on Monday I really have already started. What preacher does not love to study? Mondays are better when I can get ahead on preaching. I have noticed my Monday is better when I get into the word instead of administrative things.
  • Prayer – I meet with a group of pastors from other churches on Monday. When I prioritize this meeting over admin things, the day goes better. The fuel for preaching is prayer. Prayer is a conduit for the filling of the Holy Spirit. Plan prayer on Mondays. Take a prayer walk around your church campus. Thank God for what did happen on Sunday.
  • Meetings – Try to not have any meetings except individually with staff members. While I don’t close my calendar off to meetings, I do try to set the agenda for my Monday. Our staff does not do staff meetings on Mondays. Monday is a day for downloading and reflecting in the work.

Not everyone feels the way I do about Mondays. Most Mondays are good. I’ve also noticed, for me, I need to let others gifted in administrative do that. In Acts 6:3-4 it says, “Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Pastors need to remember to let others on the team make it possible for them to stay in the word, prayer, and focused on relationships. I’m not saying I don’t any admin on Monday, but I now try to focus on other things. And Mondays have been better for me. I hope you will make Monday adjustments in your life to make Mondays a great day in the Lord. 

Why you should attend the Global Leadership Summit 2015?

In 2009 I moved from Texas to New Mexico. I had never attended the Global Leadership Summit in DFW as there were many conferences at my disposal. When I got to New Mexico my life slowed to a different pace. I decided to attend the Summit by myself. Within an hour of attending the Summit I said to myself, “I should have brought the staff with me.” Since then I have attended the Summit. Our church staff now attends. We are hosting the Summit. The Summit has made an incredible impact on my life.

What has changed in my life because of the GLS? 

Hearing – My ears are now conduits to have leaders speak into my head and heart on a weekly basis. Rarely does a week go by that I am not listening to a leadership message. This year alone, I have listened to Bill Hybels and Louie Giglio’s messages multiple times. God seems to speak to me through them. I am a firm believer that leaders need to have leaders who speak into their ears the issues related to leadership.

Working I have become a different leader, supervisor, follower and employee because of the Summit. Real world issues are addressed at the Summit that impacts my workplace. I have learned the leverage of encouragement. I have used the “crucial conversations” message from Joseph Grenny many times. I wish I had learned in seminary what the Summit taught me here.

Teamwork The Summit makes all leaders equal at a comfortable level. If you are a boss, you will be challenged with your employees in the room. Yet that has benefited me much. My team realizes I know I am not perfect. They see first hand that I know I need others on the team to be successful. Flip the script though. I have never been to the Summit where the employees where not challenged in front of the supervisors. The challenge comes from content delivered in a loving, humorous way.  Everyone gets better. A team is built.

You should attend. You cannot afford not to attend. You will be better for attending. And so will your team.

What Easter Means on Monday?

Yesterday was a great day in the Lord Jesus Christ. Easter is always a great day in churches all around the world. I was blessed to preach a message today entitled “Your response to the empty tomb.” The message started in the gospels authenticating at least 14 responses of His followers. I then moved of course to the idea that the central message of the church is the gospel (the cross and resurrection). The message ended with an example of New Testament preaching by Paul in Athens (See Acts 17:22-34). I pointed out how the resurrection message demands a response. There were 4 responses:

  • I’m a believer already.
  • Mockers in the audience.
  • I’ll hear you again.
  • I believe and join you.

In the message, I quoted SM Lockridge who once preached a message entitled, “It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming.” I moved his quote forward by saying to the audience, “It’s Sunday, but Monday’s Coming.” What good will the resurrection be for you tomorrow? Monday. Let me share how the resurrection can help you in your life on Monday, the day after the resurrection celebration.

Assurance
“… because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” Acts 17:31

Notice that all can have assurance because of the resurrection. The word resurrection is anastasis. The meaning is “uprising.” When Jesus rose again He brought life to death. He conquered death, evil, hell and sin. Jesus in His uprising from the dead started an uprising against everything against Him. Because of this, Mondays are better. My assurance is from what He did. He lives in me. Hence I have assurance all the time.

Purpose
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Gal 2:20

I live each day knowing my life is making a difference. I’m a Christian. I don’t go to church do show people I’m a Christian. I go to church because I am a Christian. My life has been resurrected from the dead. That means I live daily for His cause. Actually, He lives in and through me. It’s not me. It’s Him.

I often hear in some form or fashion people say, “I don’t have to go to church to show my faith.” Hog wash. When Christ lives in you, you can’t help but go to church because you are the church. And that means the resurrection has just as much meaning on Monday as it does on Sunday. You become a better employee, student, person, etc. Because of His resurrection you can move the new life from Sunday to Monday. And every other day of the week too.

Now go … do it. Live the life.