My 5 for Friday (August 3, 2018)

How do you create a basic spending plan? What can you say to help motivate your team? And what do people want to see change in their church?

These questions and more are answered in this week’s My 5 for Friday. 

  1. Four Reasons Why Your Kids Need to See and Hear You Do Your Devotion by Chuck Lawless. There are a lot of voices in the world telling our kids what’s important. This is why, as Chuck Lawless points out, that “it matters that our kids learn from us how to spend time with God.” From here, they see what it looks like to walk with God on a day-to-day basis. Keep reading to see the reasons why your example is so important.
  2. Creating a Basic Spending Plan by Michael Blue. The Bible says that “if we don’t control money, it will control us.” So how can we begin to control our money? Creating and following a budget. Check out this post where Michael Blue shows how to create a basic spending plan.
  3. Born to be Generous by Todd McMichen. We are wired to be generous. So why is it difficult to talk about money? Sin has thwarted our view towards generosity. But Todd McMichen points out that generosity “releases the image of the generous God within them, following the pattern of Jesus,” therefore, bringing us freedom. This is worth reading.
  4. 3 Very Simple Phrases That Will Motivate Your Team Way More Than You Think by Carey Nieuwhof. Leaders carry the sometimes difficult task of motivating a team. Here, Carey Nieuwhof lists three simple phrases that will motivate your team way more than you think. Take a look and think of how you can begin incorporating these phrases when interacting with your team.
  5. If I Could Change One Thing in My Church… by Thom Rainer. If you could change one thing in your church, what would it be? What do you think others would say? Here, Thom Rainer lists the results of his poll on this very question. Some responses are surprising, some are encouraging. Take a look to see if your response would fall on this list or not.

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