My 5 for Friday (June 1, 2018)

How do you analyze the cost efficiency of your staff? What does the Bible say about comparison? And what is essential to Christian leadership development?

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

  1. Would God Ask You Into Debt to Answer His Call? from Stewardship. Oftentimes, when God calls us to do something, it will require financial sacrifice. Whether that be moving to a new place, adopting a child, or giving to someone else, that money has to come from somewhere. So is it ever okay to go into debt to fulfill God’s call? The author warns, “Don’t confuse God’s call with God calling you into debt. If He’s calling you to His work, you can be sure that He’ll also provide you with the resources to do it debt-free.” Check out this post for more of what the Bible has to say about debt and God’s calling.
  2. What Does The Bible Say About Comparison? by Arielle Vogel. Opportunities for comparison are everywhere, especially in the social media world we live in. So how do we fight the urge to compare ourselves to others? Arielle Vogel says that “Just like we have to discipline our hands to save and give regularly, we also need to discipline our eyes to look upon what truly matters.” Keep reading to see how the Bible speaks to comparison and what the solution to this problem is.
  3. Cheap Is No Bargain by Tim Cool. In our attempts to cut costs, we often tend towards the lowest price items or cheapest fixes that we can find. But have you thought about the potential repercussions of these decisions? Tim Cool has, and he notes that he’s “found that in most cases, the lowest price comes with a price.” He goes on to list the additional costs that can sometimes come with the cheapest option. Check out this post so that next time you’re looking for a cheap fix, keep in mind that cheap doesn’t always equal the best bargain.
  4. 3 Essentials in Christian Leadership Development by Eric Geiger. What comes to mind when you think of leadership development? What components are necessary? In this article, Eric Geiger reflects on his own experience and found that training, experiences, and coaching were necessary in growing him as a leader. He shares that “All three were important for my development. If you want to develop others, you must utilize all three.” Check out this post to find out why these three areas are essential to developing leaders.
  5. How To Analyze the Cost Efficiency of Your Staff by Tim Stevens. “What is the proper attender-to-staff ratio for a church? How do you know if you are over-staffed or under-staffed?” Tim Stevens argues that all churches should be asking these questions in order to be good stewards of funds as well as volunteers. Take a look at this post to learn how to analyze the cost efficiency of your staff.

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