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The Power Of One....Chris Janson

During our first pastorate in Perryville, Missouri, we had so many great experiences. One of those experiences was meeting a young man at t...

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Connecting

As a pastors wife I know it's important to surround yourself with other ministers wives. When we get together we glean so much from each other. Surround yourself with where you are but where your headed as well. Fellowship is important. It feeds one of the needs in ministry life. Isolation only shadows hurt and pain. Here I am with a small group of pastors wives as well as one who pastors. Love the sharing time we had in the tearoom. As I see it we are all in this together and when one wins I win and when one loses I lose. We all work for the same Father in same Kingdom.
Meeting again at the SandStone Gardens in Joplin, MO.

White

I am not afraid of the color white. I love white towels. I love my kids to wear white. I like to have white furniture. To me it's a background for all the other colors to show up. Here are a few colors of white around the house.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Moving from a Shepherd to a Rancher

I wanted to write this a long time ago when I wrote about "Are you a Shepherd or a Daddy." But our church was still in the Shepherding stage. I didn't want to rush this and stand the chance of being misunderstood without our church being ready to understand a whole 'nother level. When you first take a small church or plant a new one you often find yourself in a shepherding calling. You will never stop being a shepherd to your leaders. There will have to come a shift in mentality as the church starts breaking barriers from a small family church to a community church to a regional. After a certain number of new members come, the Pastor can not be the all in all. He has to raise up, hire, train qualified leaders who can have the same vision and heart beat. His mentality has to change from being a Shepherd to a Rancher. We are so thankful to have been able to have worked in a church that had 3,500 members. This prepared us to break all traditions of small thinking. I came across an article that writes about this so much better than I can articulate.
Breaking Through The Small-Church Mentality: The Pastor As The Key To Growth Examine your motives: Why do you want to break the 100 to 200 barrier? If the answer is greater prestige, beware—the benefits are short-lived at best. More people? Remember that more people means more responsibility. Ultimately, the only adequate reason to break the 100 to 200 barrier is the desire to make disciples of those who are not yet believers. If you have a passion to make more and better disciples, God will be blessed and the Kingdom will advance. Let God expand your vision beyond your local community. He desires to release your ministry to reach all kinds of people, language groups, and nations. Allow Him to develop a passion within you for people. Personal prayer effects a transformation in a pastor’s life that will fix his or her attention on the concerns that move the heart of God. Prayer must be consistent, intense, and patient. Out of prayer comes holy work and holy effectiveness that can bring dramatic results (Matthew 16:18,19). A burden for the lost is born out of prayer, but that burden must lead to intentional action—hands-on, need-oriented ministry. Study examples of mountain-moving faith, such as those found in Hebrews 11, while asking God to increase your faith. You will find that faith necessarily involves risk-taking (Ephesians 3:20,21). To break out of the small-church mentality, pastors must often work to overcome personal blockages. Perhaps one of the greatest challenges a pastor faces is making the shift from being the shepherd of a flock to becoming a rancher of a herd. Making that shift requires allowing others to do the ministry instead of doing it all. Pastors must be willing to delegate pastoral responsibilities to other gifted individuals and recognize that there will be people within their congregation whom they do not personally pastor. In many cases, this will mean giving up the need to be needed. We must become the kind of leaders who can see the vision, design an effective strategy for reaching it, and then mobilize our people to carry out that strategy. Consider the possibilities: If we knew we could not fail, what would God want to accomplish through us? Robert E. Logan, Los Angeles, California.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Nineteen Years

We have been married 19 years. We dated two years before that. We have known each other since he was 6 years old. I am still amazed how well we go together. A perfect match made here on this earth. Here we are after traveling 38 states for 8 years, pastoring two churches, having three very active boys, building and totally remodeling 2 homes, going through 2 deaths in our family, having a major wreck, a complete flood in our new home and here we are still loving each other. The teenage boy who filmed our wedding didnt set the date right. We were married April 17th. We are having dinner in Springfield.
All Girls choir and an all ladies choir:
We didn't have much money but with God we had the most beautiful wedding. The miracles of all the stories from that wedding are still amazing.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mothers Lunch and Tea

May 12 at 11:30 a.m. We are planning a great time together. It will be starting with a buffet,games, prizes to a special speaker. Linda Mayse from Willard, MO.
Invite your mother, daughter, or just a friend. Prepay and register before May 6th.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Simple Entertaining

There are many ways to entertain. I just have a simple way that makes life easier. Atmosphere of soft lights, fire, music and water sounds make a great ambiance. I have steps I always like to follow when I entertain.
1. Simple Horderves and one drink that greets people with a welcome and makes them all feel great. Explaining how the evening is going to go on a card sent ahead makes it easier for all of your guests.
2. Have a place for them all to go away from the dinner table is important. 3. After starting conversations with everyone my wonderful husband continues as I sneak away and set up the Salad table, Entree' table, and soup into the bowls ( in that order) I love white dishes. It is so easy to match anything you design for whatever season.
4. I invite everyone to the table and we starting with soup first, then as they finish with that they go to the salad and drink table on their own.
5. After everyone is finished with the salads I remove their plates and serve only one Entree' and a side. 6. I love to sit and chat after dinner near a fire eating dessert, chocolates and sipping on coffee.We learn so much about people that God has placed in our lives around the fire. I love it!
(My outdoor inspiration) I know this involves a lot but it gets easier the more you entertain.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Crock Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN CORDON BLEU recipe from: AllRecipes.com 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup 1 cup milk 4 ounces sliced ham 4 ounces sliced Swiss cheese 1 (8 ounce) package herbed dry bread stuffing mix 1/4 cup butter, melted Mix together the cream of chicken soup and milk in a small bowl. Pour enough of the soup into a slow cooker to cover the bottom. Layer chicken breasts over the sauce. Cover with slices of ham and then Swiss cheese. Pour the remaining soup over the layers, stirring a little to distribute between layers. Sprinkle the stuffing on top, and drizzle butter over stuffing. Cover, and cook on Low for 4 to 6 hours, or 2 to 3 hours on High. Enjoy!

Easter Sunday Dinner

Starting with H'oderves, then moving over to the fire pit for conversation, all of our guests shared their thought about how they spent their day celebrating Easter Sunday. After a wonderful service this morning we spent the day, after lunch, getting ready for our guest that night.
After soups and salads we all enjoyed ham with a few sides to choose from. The dessert table was full of promising sweets.
We serve a Risen Savior! What a beautiful day!