Nigel Ring on May 4th, 2016

So far we have considered strategies for handling distractions related to technology and environment. Now I want to help you anticipate your reactions to distractions. 5. Priorities Recently I was reminded of a song we used to sing in the 80s ‘I want to serve the purpose of God in my generation’ written by Mark […]

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Nigel Ring on April 26th, 2016

Last time we looked at strategies for taking control of your technology. Now we will consider the environment. 3. Environment Your normal environment, whether home of office, is full of things that are calling for your attention. Whether it is a photo of the family, a book you are reading, some unfinished piece of work or […]

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Nigel Ring on April 20th, 2016

So far we have considered what constitutes a distraction and have looked at some of the things that cause distractions. We could extend that list but there is little benefit. The important part of this series is to suggest solutions and strategies for handling distractions. I am going to suggest several possible solutions for you […]

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Nigel Ring on April 13th, 2016

Last time we saw that we have the option of taking control when distractions might throw us off course. Now let’s look at what some of those distractions are. 1. Communication devices There are many sources of potential distraction, but the main one nowadays seems to be so-called communication devices (which so often hinder quality […]

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Nigel Ring on April 8th, 2016

As I sat down to write this blog the mail arrived. I recognised one letter and knew I was interested in the contents. Should I open it or set it aside? I set it aside. Had I opened it I knew I would be tempted to respond – but I had determined to write this […]

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So far we have seen how to consider different issues related to the ministry and have captured ideas for improvement. We now need to take these forward to a finalised Action Plan. 4. Identifying and agreeing improvements to be made By the end of Day 1 many sheets of notes have been blue-tacked to the walls […]

Continue reading about Pursuing Excellence in Ministry with the Poor – Pt 4. The Action Plan

Having outlined the philosophy of ‘pursuing excellence’ we shall now look at the process of carrying out a Ministry Health Check with a ministry team. 1. How long does it take? Two days, or the equivalent, are needed for the process to be carried out. This may seem a lot of time but to lessen it […]

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Last time I proposed that a church’s ministry with the poor should be excellent. Let me now share some ministries in which I have helped develop Action Plans for further improvement of what were already good ministries. School In Guinea, in West Africa, I helped evaluate a church-based school with which I have worked for many […]

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In the coming weeks I will share how I believe churches can carry out excellent ministries with the poor. I believe that is on God’s heart. It is good At creation we repeatedly read that God looked on all that he had made and declared it to be good (Gen 1:4, 10, 12 etc). Sadly, when the […]

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Nigel Ring on February 24th, 2016

I thought I had concluded this series but then received a helpful article from ‘Boomerang for Gmail’. I referred to this service last time. You can join here. The article made interesting reading so I am adding an appendix to my series. How to get a response They provided some interesting statistics which are well worth reading. […]

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