25 May 2017

It's Okay, Pobody's Nerfect (Clergy Families & 1 Tim 3)

I've spent a lot of time reflecting on clergy families and 1 Timothy 3! While there are few biblical passages relating to clergy families, these verses can provide some helpful guidelines. If taken too far however, it seems to become a stick to admonish clergy and their families with who are seen to 'fall below the line', particularly the following verses:
He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him,
and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)
- 1 Tim 3:4-5 (NIV)
I was reminded by The Pastor's Family that sometimes churches and even its leadership, can believe that being this model family is a prerequisite for ministry that should require no effort to maintain or become. Most families I know would probably disagree with that idea!

9 May 2017

Get Things Done While Caring For Yourself (Life Balance App Review)

Ever heard of the Pomodoro Method for productivity? Neither had we - until a friend recommended an app that they thought might help clergy and their families juggle their busy lives. The Pomodoro Method aims to help you to be more productive throughout your day by focusing on one task at a time with brief, scheduled self-care breaks in between each task; not easy to do when you have a million things to do at home, church, or work! While there are lots of apps out there for productivity, from a health promotion perspective, the Pomodoro Method has a lot going for it.