I wanted to take a moment and encourage some of my Facebook Friends living in Cumming, GA to check out really awesome way to get and stay healthy and have a lot of fun while you do it. For me and Tami this means Crossfit at Crossfit Stand.
About four years ago I made a commitment to get healthy. I lost over 50 LBS at one point. I've gained about 15 of it back in mostly muscle. At 55 years old I'm doing stuff I had no idea I would ever do. I am literally enjoying the health I enjoyed as a much younger adult. This past year after a year into Crossfit I competed in the Crossfit Open a worldwide Crossfit competition. I finished 313 in the world in my age division out of about 4000 who entered and just over 2000 that completed the competition over five weeks. Next year my goal is to be in the top 200 and advance to the qualifying round with a shot at the World Games.
Regardless if you are a 55 year old maniac (me), soccer mom, competitive athlete, or retiree Crossfit can and will improve your quality of life. Where else can a 55 year old compete with some of the best and fittest athletics in the world, build incredible relationships with all kinds of people, improve their health and appearance weekly, learn and grow in the area of nutrition, run a mile, 100 push ups, 200 sit-ups, 300 air squats, and run another mile in less than an hour (Murph), and share a hobby with their spouse of 35 years. We have one simple goal when it comes to health: to live a healthy life and enjoy doing it.
I've said all this not to brag or boast, but to encourage you. If Tami and I can do it, so can you. And, there's no time like now to get started. We have an incredible opportunity coming up at Crossfit Stand our local Box where we workout.
If you dare and I pray you do check out the information below and give Mariah a call. She is absolutely awesome as well as our entire crew. You will also want to check out Crossfit Stand Facebook page. If you need someone to talk you over to the other side hit me up.
Our next Foundations class starts next Monday, June 1! If you are ready to start your health journey with us, give us a call. Classes are M/W/Th at 6:30pm for two weeks! In the Foundations course we give you the keys to success; including diet, proper form, mental outlook, and beginner workouts! For more information or to RSVP contact Mariah; firstname.lastname@example.org or (678)316-0656
Every Lead Pastor is responsible for financing the mission. As a Lead Pastor you have to own it. We can delegate a lot of the responsibilities to the financial team, business administrator, or executive pastor, but at the end of the day the buck stops with you. The degree in which your church is funded lands squarely on your shoulders.
At the same time, many Lead Pastors shy away from this role. It’s almost as if they feel less spiritual if they think and talk about issues related to funding the mission. Because of this, it’s not unusual for churches to go under-funded or for significant ministry opportunities to simply never happen.
We could all use more funding. Vision simply has a way of always out pacing our resources. I’m convinced that we can be better funded with a little intentional effort. Here are some best practices for funding the mission that I’ve observed and practiced over the years.
Leaders who fund the mission:
They talk about money. Sometime during the 80’s we got the idea that we shouldn’t talk about money. We went to great lengths to avoid the conversation. We even invited people not to give when we passed the offering plates or baskets.
At the same time, leaders who finance the mission don’t back away when it comes to talking about money. They recognize that it’s their responsibility and they are intentional about talking to their teams, staff, and entire congregation. Not talking about money doesn’t overcome the challenge of financing the mission, it only intensifies it.
They are conservative operators. They expect God to do great things, but at the same time they realize they must live within their means. This often plays out in three common ways:
They help others win financially. They understand that if the people they shepherd win, the church wins. They are intentional about systems being put into place that teach people how to budget, save, and get out of debt. I am convinced that the number one way of financing the mission is a long-term financial ministry. This should be the first thing we staff and fund as a church, and not the last.
They understand the importance of focused campaigns. They understand that a capital campaign is really not a capital campaign, but a spiritual initiative. God uses these times of focused intensity to disciple His people, create movement, and fund his mission.
They are accountable and they communicate. They openly thank people for their sacrifice. They connect their giving with real life change and ministry. They are financially accountable to the body. They create trust. They are over- the-top in communicating through some kind of end-of-the-year report.
Here are five practical applications, based on these practices, you can apply this year.
We would love to help you win in these areas. For your generosity and campaign needs don’t hesitate to reach out to us, the Auxano Team (www.auxano.com), or email me at email@example.com.
David Putman is founder of PTG and a Lead Navigator for Auxano.