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7 Laws of Teacher

I recently just finished the book 7 Laws of Teacher by Howard Hendricks. Excellent! I wrote down a few notes that might be helpful to others – I hope you enjoy them:

I. Law of Teacher
• Teacher is coach and doesn’t play but teaches students to play
• Teaching is both a science and an art
• Knowledge is proud because knows so much, wisdom is humble because knows so little

II. Law of Education
• Key to education is not what you do but what the students do
• If you want to change someone, change their thinking, not their appearance.
• In parable of sower, only one difference: the sower is the same, the seed is the same, only the soil is different – its what people hear and do.
• You can not prohibit without providing – give opportunities

III. Law of Activity
• Maximum learning is a result of maximum invovlement
• Teaching is not an end but a means to an end
• I hear & forget; I see and remember; I do and understand
o You remember up to 10% of what you hear
o You remember up to 50% of what you hear and see
o You remember up to 90% of what you hear, see and do.

IV. Law of Communication
• Test of communication is not what I’m feeling and saying, but what they are feeling and understanding
• Purpose of communication is not to impress, its to imporat; not to simply convince, its to change.
• Provide direction, not dictatorship
• You test your teaching by seeing what student is doing.

V. Law of Heart
• Teaching that impacts is not head to head, but heart to heart.

VI. Law of Encouragement
• Someone’s M-Q (motivation-Q) is more important than their I-Q
• As a teacher, I can only work on the outside of them, I cannot work on the inside of them – so I must motivate them.
• Motivation is very important – many people do not do something just because they are not motivated. We can guilt people into things for a while and they do what is asked, but after a while, they will only do what they are motivated to do.
• When was the last time you challenged someone?
• Simply telling the student you believe in them
• You motivate a person when you
1. Create a Need – everyone has needs, maybe just not aware of them, so the teacher must show them.
2. By developing responsibility with accountability
a. more you put into something, the more you appreciate it
b. The US spends millions of dollars on an airplane and puts it into a young person to fly it – and when young person comes to church we don’t let them do anything.
3. By structuring experience – what is process of training people:
a. Telling stage – need to hear it
b. Showing stage – need to see it
c. Doing stage – need to hear, see and do it, but under supervision.
• Everyone can be motivated – but you first must be motivated yourself

VII. Law of Readiness
• When student and teacher are readily prepared, more will be done.
• Learning is most effective when the student is adequately prepared
• If you come into the class asking about their lives, you will get more out of them contrary to just teaching

Here to Serve,

Jeff Bush
http://www.reachingall.com

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“Eat that Frog” – Part #2

In the previous post, we saw some random notes from the book “Eat that Frog” by Brian Tracy. In this post I will share the list of 21 things needed to do for getting things done as the book mentions – I will put half of the list on this post and the other half in the following post. I hope they will be a help to you as they have been to me. Here they are:

21 ideas for getting things done

1. Set the Table – decide what you want, write out goals before begin, clarity is essential.
Ability to concentrate on most important things = happiness and getting more done
10/90 rule – first 10% of time you plan will save you 90% of time when you begin to work
We always have enough time if we manage it right

2. Plan day in advance – think on paper. Every day you spend time planning will save you time in execution.
Write out what you want will help you
Planning is bringing future in present so I can do something about it right now.
Every minute in planning saves you at least 2 hours in wasted time
Proper prior planning permits proper performance
Think on paper, you will be able to do more
Make list at end of day or night before and be ready for next day – you will be more effective the next day.
A. Have a master list
B. Have a monthly list
C. Have a weekly list – to plan out week in advance
D. Transfer from montly/weekly list to daily list

3. Apply the 80/20 rule – 20% of what you do will amount to the 80% of importance. Concentrate on most important
There is always 20 percent (2 out of the 10 to-do things on my list) that are more important and will be more profitable if I do it.
Resist the temptation to clear up the small things first – if you choose to do the small things at the first of the day, you will make a habbit of doing small things, so start with the big things first. Most people do the small things and procrastinate on the big things.
Time management is life management – control over what you do next.
Your ability to choose between the important and most important is important and will allow you to accomplish more than the average person.

4. Concentrate on the consecuences – what are the good or bad consecuences of doing what I am going to do.

5. Practice the ABCDE method continually – organize by value and priority

ABCDE rule: put an “A, B, C, D, E” beside every task to see what is the importance.
A. Something very important – the frogs of your life
B. Should do – not as important as the “A” task. Never be distracted by a tadpole when you have a frog in front of you.
C. Nice to do but no consecuences at all if do – call a friend, etc
D. Something you can delegate to someone else – you should delegate things that can be done by others.
E. Something you can eleminate all together because not important to do. Maybe was important at one time, but not important now.

6. Focus on key result areas – what are the things I have to do well at and focus on those things.

7. Obey the law of forced efficiency – there is never enough time to do everything, but always enough time to do the most important things.

8. Prepare thoroughly before you begin – proper prior preparation prevents poor performance.

9. Do your homework – more knowledge you have about the task you are going to do, the better and more quickly you can get it done.

10. Leverage your special talents – determine what you are good at or what could be good at and do those things very well.

Here to Serve,
Jeff Bush
http://www.reachingall.com

“Eat that Frog” – Part #1

I just recently finished the book “Eat that Frog” by Brian Tracy. The book speaks of Time Management and getting more done. I enjoyed the book and was going to share a few ideas from the book in the next couple of post. At the beginning, the thoughts are random and towards the end I will place them in order as the book mentioned. Here they go:

Change the way you think and do things

Apply things until they become a habit

Why do some people get more done than others? They do things right, use time differently – and what they do, I can do too, just ask them and do same thing.

Key to success is action

Always much to do and more ideas, but key is to focus on most impor things

Do hardest thing first and then the easiest

If have to eat a live frog, it’s not going to help sitting there and looking at it – just do it

Activity and accomplishment are often confused, but not the same

Learn to start and finish a job

Practice is key to master something

To become a successful person – Decision, Discipline and Determination

A. Decide what you want or are expected
B. Write it down – goals not in writing lead to not getting things done
C. Set deadline on goal
D. Make a list of steps to complete job
E. Organize the list into a plan – what to do now and what to do later
F. Take action on the plan – execution
G. Do something every day towards the goal – discipline of reading or doing things give you fuel to continue

Long term thinking improves short term decision making. Making decisions of the present is easier when you know what your long term goal is. What are the future consecuences or benefits of what I am going to do in the present.

First law of success is concentration – bend all strenghts to one point and focus on that point.

There is never enough time to do everything, but always time to do important things.

We may never be able to catch up, so get that out of your mind – better to just do what is most important and forget the rest.

3 questions on getting things done:
1. What are my highest value activities
2. What can I and only I do that is done well and that can make a difference
3. What is the most valuable use of my time right now – this is the core question of time management.

Every hour of every day I need to ask this question. Do first things first and second things… not at all.

When fully prepared, you can get much more done. Most creative people make the place they work at a nice, comfortable and clean place where they are going to work – this will help you work well. The cleaner and neater, the more effective and efficient you feel to work.

Learn what you need to learn so you can do what you are supposed to do. Much of procrastination is because we don’t know exactly how to do what we are going to do. Continuous learning is a key to success. What others know, I can learn as well.

There are certain things you can do or learn to do that can make you valuable to others.

You can not do everything, but you can do those things that make you accel

How do you eat an elephant? – one bite at a time – and the same method is used to finish a big job.

Only about 2% of people can do work entirely without supervision – they are called leaders. Learn to put the pressure on yourself. The world is full of people waiting for someone to come and motivate them to be the type of people they should be – but no one is coming to help them.

Keep yourself motivated and be your own cheerleader.

Don’t share your problems with others because 80% don’t care anyway and the other 20% are glad you have those problems.

Don’t blame others, accept responsibility, don’t dwell on the negative.

Go the extra mile, do more than you are paid for. Wake up earlier, stay up later, work a little harder.

Successful people put the pressure on themselves. Work as though you have 1 day left to get all the things done – become a high performanced person.

Write out the steps to do projects and then work exclusively on these task.

If you do things when you are energized, you will get more done as oppossed to being tired. Turn off the TV and go to sleep. Take off one day a week and relax, do things that will not tax your brain and allow your brain to recharge itself – a change is as good as a rest. A vacation, a weekend off, etc will rejuvenate you. Be careful of what you eat – feed yourself as you would feed a world-class athlete before a competition because that is what you are before you are before beginning that task. And finishing the task gives you more energy and helps you feel like you have accomplished much.

One of most powerful words in time management is “NO” – say it often and say it quickly. Do not accept things that you can not do.

Always do the most difficult job first

Many have become best sellers because they have written 1 page a day until finishing the job – working in time segments will help you tremendously (read so much of a book, exercise for 30 minutes, call during this part of the day, etc). Someone who creates blocks of time completes more than the normal person. Remember that the pryamides were built one stone at a time. Make every minute count by planning and preparing your work in advance.

The key to happiness and effectiveness is to eat the frog, the difficult task, every day before starting other things.

Here to Serve,
Jeff Bush
http://www.reachingall.com

Here Come the “Holographic Preachers” #3 of 3

This is the 3rd and last post from the article “Here Come the ‘Holographic Preachers’” written by Mark Irmler – Executive Director of “Fundamental Church Plants”.

Question # 6 – What are the “Unintended Consequences” of the “Satellite Church Movement”?

1. Potential of slowing down our emphasis of training “Faithful Men”, II Timothy 2:2, for the Gospel ministry. Why train others when we can beam by satellite the “super-star” pastor’s sermon into other communities? Do Baptists need Preachers or a Pope?

2. Is this a reproducible model for most of the world? Most of the world would not have the finances or the means to duplicate this model. The question, “Is it reproducible?” ought to be a question that weights heavily on the mind of our Pastors today.

3. What if the “super-star” pastor is “”sifted by Satan” and falls into moral or ethical sins? The wisdom of God’s plan of “independent churches” is for the protection of those very churches. How many churches have died because of the reproach brought upon the church by her pastor. Better to have the failure contained to one location than spread throughout a region or nation.

4. Potential of a “Preacher” becoming pre-eminent versus Christ being pre-eminent. Let’s never forget “It’s all about Him and not about us.” It is after all His Church. Matthew 16:18

5. The circumventing of God’s plan and program of ordaining elders in every city. Titus 1:5

The need of the hour is for our churches to become reproducing churches and our pastor’s to become reproducing pastors and our members to become reproducing church members.

Here Come the “Holographic Preachers” #2 of 3

This is the 2nd of the 3 part article titled “Here Come the ‘Holographic Preachers'” by Mark Irmler – Executive Director of “Fundamental Church Plants”.

Question # 3 – Do we not have enough trained elders to lead our Churches?

Would the example of Paul & Barnabas In Acts 14:23 allow us also to see that not only does God desire to see local churches planted in these cities (Derbe, Lystra, Iconium and Antioch) but that each of these independent Baptist Churches needed their own “flesh & blood” Shepherd?

Acts 14:23, “And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.”

If God could trust these new leaders to lead these new churches why can’t we? Why do we feel that only “super-star” preachers are qualified to minister to God’s people?

Question # 4 – Why didn’t God model a multi-campus church in area’s where churches are close to each other geographically?

Three churches are mentioned in Colossians chapter four, the church at Colossi, the church at Laodicea, and the church at Hiaroppolis. Each of these churches geographically were very close to each other (seven to ten miles) and yet we don’t see one church in many locations but rather many churches in many locations

Colossians 4:16, “And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the [epistle] from Laodicea.”

Question # 5 – Wouldn’t the size of a church, or lack thereof, dictate it’s viability?

The argument could be made that the size of a church may determine whether or not a satellite church may be preferred. According to the New Testament, the size of the congregation has never been God’s measuring rod concerning what does or does not constitute a “viable church”.

Romans 16:5, “Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.”

I Corinthians 16:9, “The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.”

Colossians 4:15, “Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.”

The current trend among so many “Evangelical” mega church ministries is to have a multi-campus church. Some how a church small enough to be able to gather in a house is not large enough to be viable so we have created the “Satellite Church”.

The Satellite Church Movement in essence takes away the autonomy of that congregation by having all decisions for that local body made by the leadership of another local body. A closer look at church history let’s us see the danger of consolidating that kind of authority to one local church.

And the last section (#3 of 3) is written in the next post… very good ending.

Here Come the “Holographic Preachers” #1 of 3

Here Come the “Holographic Preachers” is written by Mark Irmler – Executive Director of “Fundamental Church Plants”. I will divide the article up into three posts since it is a bit lengthy for a blog post. I think you will find it very interesting. I have not changed anything of what he said, so the credit goes 100% to Mark Irmler. I’m sure you will find it very interesting.

The Christian Post in March 2010 printed an article entitled “Hologram Preachers Slated to Appear in Churches.” The first line of the article addresses the potential problem of “technology-gone-too-far” when it comes to the maintaining of the modern churches precious relevance in a “techno-crazed” world.

Holographic Preachers? Did I read that right?

It seems that some churches will soon be boldly going where no churches have gone before. And you thought having screens in your auditorium was cutting edge! A picture in the article shows the “live” preacher on stage to the right and the “Hologram” preacher on the left. Before I saw the caption at the bottom of the picture I couldn’t tell which was which. With technological advances happening at such an accelerated rate there are issues that the “Fundamental Baptist Movement” will have to address. Issues I don’t remember ever being discussed in any of our “Pastoral Theology Classes” in Bible College.

Some may just “shrug” their shoulders at the thought of being pastored by a “Holographic Preacher” but other’s will pause, and ask the question, is this really the model Jesus had in mind when He said “I will build my church”?

Another problem that must be examined beyond the “flesh & blood preacher vs. a holographic preacher” debate and that is the underlining premise that a multi-campus ministry doesn’t violate any scriptural teaching from the word of God.

Few leaders of these ministries have paused long enough to ask the question, “What does the Bible say concerning this trend of a multi-campus Church”? As Independent Baptists, let’s pause for just a moment and ask some very important questions.

Question # 1 – How can there be a “local church” if that local church ceases to be local?

Does that sound like an “Oxy-Moron” to you? A local Church that is no longer local but rather regional.

The Greek word in our New Testament for church is “Ecclesia” defined as “a called out assembly”. We believe in a “local visible church” vs. the “invisible universal church”. The difference between the historic Bible position and the Catholic/Protestant “universal church” position has separated the true from the false church for nearly two millennium.

How can we biblically assemble together when we are scattered over a region? When this happened in Acts 8:1 we see it wasn’t long before “churches” plural were multiplied. (Acts 9:31)

Question # 2 – Does the Bible illustrate this “one church” in different locations model?

When we look at the Apostle Paul’s charge to young Titus in Titus 1:5 to ordain elders in every city, we see that the New Testament pattern was many cities, having many churches, not many cities joining one church.

You would think that passages like this one in Titus might cause some of our evangelical ministry leaders to pause and think that maybe God wants different local churches with real “flesh & blood” preachers, leading newly planted local churches in their local areas.

Titus was not to become a regional Pastor but was charged with the work of training and ordaining leaders for each of these cities.

If one church in many locations was God’s original intent then why not write a letter to the Church in Galatia in Galatians 1:1 rather than “Churches in Galatia” as the Bible teaches.

The pattern given to us In Acts 9:31 indicate that local regions like Judaea, Galilee and Samaria needed a multiplication of independent churches not the extending of one local church as satellites in multiple locations.

The next section of the article will be published in the next post.

PRACTICAL MINISTRY LESSONS #6

Probably everyone in the Lord’s work has come to the place of being tired and even questioned their reason for ministering where they are ministering.  Although many, if not all, have confronted this hard time in the ministry, sadly some have went to the extreme of even quitting the ministry or leaving their specific location of service. Some have coined this term as “burnout“.  Although this is not a Biblical term, I think it is an accurate term for what happens when someone gets so tired he leaves his area of service.  In this “Practical Ministry Lesson“, I would like to discuss this topic of “burnout“.

According to the dictionary, one of the meanings of burnout is: “physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress.”

Burnout is common problem in ministerial work and we can even see it in the Bible: John Mark left the missionary journey early for some reason (Acts 13:13) and Elijah wanted to die (I Kings 19:4).  Not only was it a problem in Biblical times, but it is even common today. Dealing with people problems, preparing messages, receiving criticism, being stressed and just being plain tired, are just a few of the reasons church leaders and workers get burned out. My goal in this “Practical Ministry Lesson” is to humbly share a few ideas that I think can help us avoid burning out in the ministry.

1. Time to Plan and Prioritize
Every person has different priorities in his/her life, but it is fundamental to constantly make sure that they stay in the order they are supposed to be in.
A great tool to avoid burnout is to administer well your time so that your time does not begin to control your life.  A pastor or church leader with a wife and children can not neglect his wife and children because of the ministry, but as well he should not neglect the ministry because of his wife and children.  If a calendar or day book is used to plan times for family, time for studying, time for visiting, time for witnessing and so on, many hard times can be avoided.

2. Time to Walk and Talk with the Lord
Some of my personal goals are to encourage and equip others, but I know that if I have not spent time with my Savior, I can not help others.  Although it may be too obvious to mention, much of what is called burnout could simply be spiritually malnutrition.
We must not forget that God has told us to cast all our cares upon Him (I Peter 5:7) and that He will renew our strength when we wait upon Him (Isaiah 40:31).  Taking time to walk and talk with our Lord is actually investing our time and keeping us strong, therefore we avoid burnout.

3. Time to Rest and Relax
For some reason many think it is a sin to take time off and relax. For many years I ran and ran without heeding to the Biblical example of Christ to get away for a while (Mark 6:31-32) – look at what the Lord says to His disciples: “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while” (Mark 6:31).
I personally believe that every Christian should work for the Lord as hard as possible, but I also believe that every Christian should plan time to rest and relax – to recuperate and charge up in order to continue on strong for the Lord.

Here to Serve,

Jeff Bush
http://www.reachingall.com