Staying the Course

Staying the Course

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been studying 1st and 2nd Timothy. Essentially, it spends a lot of its page space discussing the do’s and do not’s of church leadership and reminding Timothy of some key spiritual concepts. As I’ve been unraveling my calling into ministry over the past year, I have thought long and hard (and lost much sleep) over how to go the distance as an honorable vessel for the Lord and not burn out or let my calling/passion fade. Obviously, you can't figure all that out for a life time within the course of a year, but I’ve accumulated some knowledge that keeps me from drifting. If nothing else, it'll always serve as a baseline heart-check for me.

The Secrets of Great Leadership

The Secrets of Great Leadership

Leadership has been a lifelong study of mine. If I had to make one definitive statement concerning the topic it would be: “Everything in life rises and falls on leadership." When I observe a great leader, I try to get close to them and listen to them. Then I try to absorb their values and emulate their behaviors. There are many factors involved in leadership... vision, ability, opportunity, training, etc.

Engaging the Congregation in Singing

Engaging the Congregation in Singing

There have been many discussions on the topic of why our congregations have stopped singing. Many have brought out good points that we should address but in reality each congregation has its own personality. With that in mind, every church is probably going to define “engaged” in a different way. I have lead corporate worship experiences for nearly 48 years and there are some questions that I might suggest you consider to evaluate your congregations singing.

Dad... Still Remembering... 10 Years Later

Dad... Still Remembering... 10 Years Later

It was ten years ago this week that I got the call from Mom that Dad had gone to Heaven. I was driving home from Lackland Air Force Base where we had set up for a Christmas concert that would be happening the next morning.  I called my Mom and told her we would pack and get on the road that evening and she responded … “No Ray, your Dad loved that ministry to the basic trainees and he would be disappointed if you did not go and do it.” So, we decided to go and sing the next morning for nearly 3500 basic trainees. Nearly 400 of those trainees indicated that they surrendered to the call for salvation that morning.

The Secrets of Great Leadership

The Secrets of Great Leadership

Leadership has been a lifelong study of mine. If I had to make one definitive statement concerning the topic it would be: “Everything in life rises and falls on leadership." When I observe a great leader I try to get close to them and listen to them. Then I try to absorb their values and emulate their behaviors. There are many factors involved in leadership ... vision, ability, opportunity, training, etc. However, every great leader that I have been around talks about 3 keys to leadership that bring you from good to great.