Field Notes – 20/11/M
Last Sunday’s Songs at Banstead Community Church: 1) Praise my soul, the King of heaven; 2) The splendour of the King; 3) All I have is Christ; 4) His mercy is more; 5) Here is love vast as the ocean.
I’m looking forward to listening to this talk from a Phil Johnson on The Preaching of John MacArthur: Expository and Polemical.
Give correctives personally, graciously, and sparingly
“Correcting others is one of the most difficult responsibilities in leadership… some guiding principles that help me:
Give correctives in person. Correcting someone over email may be easier, but it’s far less helpful. Nuances and subtleties typically come out in person that are lost in writing; your tone will likely be more gentle and fair in person, and it’s easier for the other person to receive the correction well.
Frame correctives in the context of encouragements — even as encouragements — whenever you can.
Take care that the overall tone of your leadership is positive rather than corrective. To create an overall environment and tone of warmth, you likely will need to overlook many errors and correct more sparingly than you may think. People can only take so much.”
In other words, PrayerMate is PC and Echo is Apple. Which one is on my iPhone? The answer should be obvious!
“A calendar is for date-specific appointments.”
“A calendar is designed for time-based activity and not task-based activity.”
“Date specific agreements are the primary items that should appear on your calendar.”
A great feature on the 9Marks website are the 9Marks Mailbag posts where Jonathan Leeman offers counsel on a wide range of practical questions that pastors and elders face. Check out these mailbag posts HERE.