Marketing Your Ministry

Marketing Your Ministry

Marketing ministry efforts isn't always easy, not because marketing is hard, but because there's a fine line between promotion and self-promtion. Marketing ministry efforts feels weird. For many years, it was basically taboo to mention the word “marketing” and anything related to “church” in the same sentence. Today, with new social media platforms popping up almost daily, that ideology is certainly a thing of the past. The devil is a marketer, and a world-class promoter. Our message is better … and we must promote our story! Marketing ministry efforts is critical, you just have to do it in the right spirit, with the right motive.  Continue...
Pastoring: A Lesson I Learned Leading Men

Pastoring: A Lesson I Learned Leading Men

​Through various roles over the years as a pastor, associate, chaplain, or para-church ministry leader, this year marks my 23rd year in ministry. While a few things have changed, like God calling me out of being a pastor and into men's ministry targeting outdoorsmen, some things haven't changed at all.Pastoring Means Being Over-Extended One consistent pursuit of my life, regardless of my ministry platform, has been finding ways to impact the men within my sphere of influence. However, time was, and still is, forever an issue. Not just finding time in my own life, but in trying to find a time when a church member could carve out time on his end. On top of finding time, there was the relentless overhead of an overloaded schedule. I know what it's like to live a life of borderline schizophrenia as you are looked to as CEO, Strategist, Shepherd, Prophet, Marriage & Family Counselor, Missionary, Fund Raiser, and Preacher. So here's a method that worked for me when it comes to men's ministry. It has proven incredibly effective, yet insanely simple. It's called "lunch." Pastoring And The Power Of Food. I promise I'm not being cute. I told you it was incredibly simple, but I also told you it has been, and continues to be, incredibly effective. Men have to eat ... and men love to eat. I began to use that to my advantage. Every day. I knew I could not be the one to manage our men's ministry with all of my other responsibilities, yet I knew I could do something as simple as strategic lunches. While it may...
Apps I Use In The Field

Apps I Use In The Field

Today’s technology has made every hunt carry the possibility of a story. When filming a hunt people often ask me what apps for hunting work best in terms of photography. During hunting season one of my videos or articles will be scheduled to post that very day with Sportsman Channel, and I need to post a photo to let my followers know it’s up. It’s not uncommon that I’ll take field photos on the spot and post them to various social media feeds to boost the awareness of the feature.  When it comes to apps for hunting photos, honestly, I only use a few. And, the secret to that is simple: pick the right apps and know how to use them well.  You don’t need to over-do it. Many people today are posting things with weird filters on them from apps they bought just to get some jacked up, off the way, or weird look because it’s easy. Touch a filter button in the app and you’re done. Not me.  Think through an image and you’ll be glad you did.  My “go to” apps are:  Snapseed. The reason I use Snapseed is because there’s a ton of variety in this app for blurs, color correction, and a host of looks you can choose from; but, you can manipulate every single filter you choose in a million ways, and that makes a photo unique to your creativity.  Phonto. I cannot brag enough about this app. However, most people underutilize it. You’ve got to play with Phonto a lot to understand how to work through the interface. There’s a ton of...
Imagine If You Could.

Imagine If You Could.

Imagine if you could the possibility that you could earn God’s favor on your life. Imagine what that would look like. Imagine the hostile pace at which you’d live trying to chase the standard. Imagine the mental torture that would plague you every night as you try and sleep, yet cannot, for thoughts of wondering if you made the grade with everything you did today. Imagine the complexity that would come into your life slowly over time due to the fact that you’d forever be comparing yourself to other people’s seemingly righteous or unrighteous lifestyles, never realizing that you have no genuine clue as to who they really are behind closed doors. Do you really want God to love you based on how you act? Do you really want God to love you based on where you stand morally relative to the vast majority of people out there? Do you really want God to love you based on the thoughts that run through your head? All of them. No exceptions. God is perfect, and in His perfection, He knew better than to give you a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for daily life, for if life did consist of Yahweh’s KPIs, humanity wouldn’t last a decade without self-destructing. In His perfection He gave you an outstretched invitation to come in from out of the rain. He gave you a pass on passing a test you’ll never be prepared enough to take anyway. In His perfection He have you Jesus, who said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew...