We all know life will not go exactly as planned. The unexpected will happen at the most inconvenient time. Murphy’s Law always occurs when we are ill prepared. When making out your budget each month, know things will not go exactly as planned. These unexpected expenses will seem to come less frequently when you are prepared. By making sure you have a fully funded emergency fund (3-6 months of non-discretionary expenses) along with another savings account, the minor and major unexpected expenses do not derail your financial plan.
It is time to break the luxury of my silence. It is time to break my silence and to name what I see as a failure. A failure of what it means to be Christian, to hold the entirety of the polity, doctrine and ethics of both my baptismal and Ordination vows. A failure of courage given to me as a gift from the Risen Christ to name wrong and to stand for what is right. A failure to honor the Wesleyan traditions which brought me to The United Methodist Church. What is right for me is the understanding that God’s gift of grace and salvation is a “gift for us ALL—something that draws us into the future TOGETHER; it is the power of God’s Spirit at work in the world and it is beyond our ability to limit this.”
A lot of you have been asking my opinion about the new overtime regulations from the US Department of Labor (DOL) that go into effect on Dec. 1. Since there is no law against offering my opinion, you can take it for what it’s worth.
Thanksgiving is a day set aside to give thanks for the blessings we have received. How strange that right after giving thanks we rush out to get more, oftentimes at the expense of pushing others so that we might get there first. Lord have mercy upon us.
Working without letup is a bad habit that can jeopardize business, health and the life you're supposedly working toward. You can easily get stressed in the workplace, which makes you so exasperated that you can’t stand going into the office. You don’t really want to quit, you just need a break — and a mental health day gives you that.
There is no way to completely avoid crossing paths with irritating or frustrating people. Your best strategy is to learn how to deal with them without losing your cool. Follow the tips below so you can gain the necessary skills to handle difficult personality types.
PCC Coordinator Shauna Summers offers a few suggestions about multi-tasking that have proven most helpful to her.
The Pastor /Staff Relations committee is a critical ministry for us to be a vibrant connectional church of Jesus Christ transforming the world. The committee members are the lifeline linking the pastor, church staff, the congregation, and the Conference through the District Superintendent. As pastor, your discernment of who serves on this committee and providing training and information for them is crucial to your ministry.
One of the things I have been sharing with each district is EXPECTATIONS. I firmly believe that unrealistic, or under-stated and unstated expectations are often the root causes of confusion, chaos, and disappointment. Allow me to share a few things that I expect of you and that you can expect from me as your new Bishop.