Brian Jones posted last week about 64 things that he wished someone had told him about ministry 10 years ago. You can read the entire post here.
I’d like to highlight my favorites for you.
#11 The secret to growing a church is three words: steal, steal, steal. M. Twain—“The secret to originality is to conceal your sources.”
#17 Never use negative illustrations about your family—you create the church’s impression of them.
#21 If you don’t have money to give raises, give raises in time off.
#30 My best outreach—coaching my kids’ sports teams.
#51 Kill your invitation hymn and have your Senior Pastor say, “We’re glad you’re here. If question, I’ll be down here. If new, I’d like to meet you. If prayer…”
#54 When you have no staff, identify your five most important departments, interview the most qualified volunteers in your church and “hire them” by giving them titles. Meet once a week for staff meeting in an evening. That’s how churches 200 and below grow fast.
#56 Pick up a vice like cigar smoking or playing poker. The normal people in your church will thank you for it.
#61 If forced to choose, choose to offend the Christian before you choose to offend the non-Christian (ex. we offered a cash bar at a Comedy night we recently hosted).