Registration is now open for my October Mastermind
Announcing a 4-Week Virtual Mastermind course on personal growth. If you are interested in personal growth, you will want to check this out. Each Thursday evening in October, from 8-9pm, I’ll be on a phone call teaching on one of The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell. The cost to participate in this group is only $47. You’ll need a quiet place to focus on the call, a phone or VOIP connection, and something to take notes with. You WILL experience personal and professional growth as a part of your involvement in this group. I am limiting this group to only 12 participants, so join now by clicking this LINK. I look forward to adding value to you on these calls!
New Online Community for Pastors and Church Leaders just launched!
I’m so excited to share with you the release of my new project: Pastors and Church Leaders Online Community! It’s a subscription-based site focused on developing leaders in churches through weekly leadership videos, interaction with other church leaders, and monthly LIVE Q&A calls! Check out the details HERE and register for your $1 Trial Week today.
I’ve joined the John Maxwell Team
You may have noticed that it has been a little while since I last posted. That’s because I’ve been working hard behind the scenes on a new personal project. In late September, I became an official member of the John Maxwell Team. I am now qualified as a coach, teacher, and speaker with the John Maxwell Team.
What this means for you is that I will now be expanding my leadership teachings on my blog. Also, if you would like to talk with me about coming to your business or church to work with your leaders in the area of leadership, I would love to have that discussion with you. Check out my JMT website to see what I have to offer.
Look for more blog posts soon!
Posting Error – 30 Days of Influence
I have had a problem with getting my blog posts to my site. The problem is being corrected and posts will resume tomorrow. I will be posting Days 3-5 tomorrow. Sorry for the confusion this may have caused.
Change a Life in Haiti Today
The church that I pastor, Gentle Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, is raising funds to build a well in Banane, Haiti. The well will be located on the property of the Banane Church of the Nazarene and will provide life-changing fresh water to the community of Banane, Haiti. Please consider making a year-end contribution to this worthy cause. Your donation is tax-deductible and 100% of what you give goes directly to paying the costs to build the well. To find out more about this project or to make a donation, CLICK HERE.
Join Me on a 30-Day Journey of Intentional Living with John Maxwell
On Tuesday, October 27, 2015, I began a 30-Day Journey through John Maxwell’s course Intentional Living. Follow my journey on my Facebook page, Hand-2-Hand. I will be posting once each day for 30 days. During this journey, I will not be posting as frequently to this blog site. After the 30 days, I will resume regular weekly postings on my blog. In the meantime, enjoy the journey on Facebook and feel free to comment or ask questions on each post. I will respond to those questions on my Facebook page. BTW, don’t forget to LIKE my Facebook page so you will get the regular post feed to your timeline, and, if you are reading this post on my Facebook page, click here to subscribe to my blog at www.rayastark.com.
FREE Preaching Calendar Resource
I just finished a NEW Preaching Calendar Planning Worksheet resource and I’m offering it to you for FREE for a limited time. Everyone who subscribes to my blog by midnight on Friday, June 5th will receive a free copy of this new resource via email within 24 hours. After that, it will be placed in my online store for sale at $29.95 and this free opportunity will be gone.
Here is what you will learn from this resource:
- What to do to get ready to develop a preaching calendar
- How to remove the distractions from your life and focus on your calendar
- What else should be on your calendar BEFORE planning your messages
- The three types of messages you should be planning
- How to organize it all – I’ve included your own copy of the Excel spreadsheet that I use to organize my preaching
Who should get this FREE resource? While directed toward pastors, everyone in leadership within the local church who speaks on a regular basis will benefit from this resource – associate pastors, youth pastors, Sunday School teachers, small group leaders, etc.
At Hand-2-Hand, we are striving to help the local church reach its full potential for God in their local community. I am making this resource available to you for FREE for a period of time in order to get it into the hands of as many people as can use it without having to consider if they can afford it or not. So…enjoy, pass the word along to your friends, and, why not share a story on our Hand-2-Hand Facebook page as to how this resource has helped you?
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Posts Resume Next Week
Many of you have been wondering why I haven’t been posting the past few months. Here’s the reason…On March 1st, I began a new position as Lead Pastor of Gentle Shepherd Church of the Nazarene in Hermitage, PA – what a wonderful group of people.
Here is a bullet point summary of the past few months…
- Just prior to closing on the sale of our old home, our fully finished basement flooded due to an issue with the sump pump. I made two emergency trips back to repair the damage, along with another trip to prepare the house for sale and move the remainder of our furnishings back to our new home in Hermitage.
- My wife fell down the steps of our new home in the middle of the night, earning her a trip to the ER with two broken fingers and lots of bumps and bruises.
- My son was involved in a car accident that required making arrangements with the insurance company to have the repairs made from out of town.
- My parents were in a serious car accident, making it necessary to take a five hour trip to their home so that I could provide for their immediate medical care. They are now recovering in a nursing rehab facility.
In dealing with each of these emergencies, I was reminded of a few brief leadership principles:
1. You can’t do everything yourself – delegation is an important part of leadership and much more can be accomplished by working as a team.
2. In those moments when you have to handle things yourself, you must prioritize. As much as I have missed posting to my blog, I had to prioritize my family needs and church responsibilities over my other endeavors. In times of overload, having previously established priorities helps to bring clarity.
3. When the emergencies are over, you can return to your normal routine. As such, I plan to resume posting next week.
As a special bonus to all my subscribers, I will send you a copy of my NEW Preaching Calendar Planning Worksheet (a $9.99 value). This will arrive in your inbox Monday of next week. In the event that you do not receive it, please email me at email@example.com and I will forward it to you within 24 hours.
Thanks for hanging in there and I look forward to sharing some new thoughts next week.
P.S. I am willing to extend this free offer to anyone who signs up as a subscriber to my blog between now and midnight on Sunday. Please forward this post to any friends, pastors, or church leaders that you think might benefit from this blog and I will include them in this free offer!
Where Have I Been?
Over the past two weeks, I haven’t posted regularly due to some changes in my life. I have spent a large part of my time preparing to share some information with our church family and friends and this has taken my time away from my blog. Here’s the information…
This past Sunday, I resigned as Lead Pastor of FaithPointe Church of the Nazarene. On March 1, I will become the pastor of Gentle Shepherd Church of the Nazarene in Hermitage, PA. My family and I are leaving a church family full of close friends that are dear to our hearts, to pastor a new church family and make new friends that we are already learning to love.
Now that I’ve shared this information I will once again begin posting regularly. Keep a look out for the final post on my Strategic Church Leadership Process and posts about productivity in ministry. Then, I’ll start drilling down more details about the SCLP and begin releasing hands-on, practical products that you can purchase for use in your local church. Finally, I’ll begin sharing book recommendations for your continued learning. It’s going to be a great year in 2015. Please share this site with your friends and don’t forget to post comments so that we can dialogue and learn from each other.
I’m looking forward to 2015!
Free eBook Now Available
Your free eBook, Strategic Church Leadership, is waiting for you today! SCL outlines a process that church leaders can use in developing a strategy for helping their church reach its full potential for God’s kingdom. As my blog develops, I will be evaluating resources for each of the 8 steps in the strategy that you can implement in your local church. Subscribe today and receive your FREE 23-page eBook!