“If you have facts, present them and we’ll use them. But if you have opinions, we’re gonna use mine.”
— Jim Barksdale, CEO Netscape
I love this quote and the clarity that this mindset brings. So many times we believe in something so passionately that we begin to consider it “fact” or “truth” when it is not. What’s worse is when we base decisions on what other people have presented as “facts” but are not.
Clarifying statements like this are necessary for wise decision making.
When dealing with people, everything you do communicates the value you have for them.
Do you keep your word? Are you on time? Are you early? Do you string them along with promises or commitments that are not in your authority to give?
Your actions always speak louder than your words.
Originally published at nilesholsinger.com on April 5, 2018.
There are opportunities around every corner to make a difference in the lives of the people and the world around you.
The reason most people don’t take advantage of these opportunities is that they don’t recognize them, and if they do, they aren’t ready for them.
Stay alert. Be ready.
Originally published at nilesholsinger.com on March 27, 2018.
You can only pastor a person to the degree they will allow.
No matter what you say. No matter what you do. No matter how much energy you spend. The person you are trying to help is the only one who can decide to listen and act.
But you can never give up.
Originally published at nilesholsinger.com on March 22, 2018.
Earlier today while doing a live Periscope Q&A for my church with another one of our Pastors, we were asked what advice we would give to young leaders starting out in ministry. The video cut off right before we answered the question, so I thought I would share my answer here. (Hopefully, the person who asked the question will see this answer.)
In short, my answer is this: Don’t take yourself too seriously.
When I was starting out in ministry I took myself WAY too seriously. I thought Pastors were supposed to be serious, firm, and stoic. The COMPLETE OPPOSITE of my personality.
I like to have fun. I’m a goof-off, a smart aleck and I’ve stuck my foot in my mouth so many times I can tell you the brand of shoes you are wearing by the taste. That’s who I am. That’s who God made me to be. (Though, I am getting better about the foot in mouth thing. Sort of.)
I take the CALL OF GOD on my life VERY SERIOUSLY. I take my position as a Pastor VERY SERIOUSLY. I just try not to take myself too seriously.
I believe that one of the greatest things a Pastor can do to spread the Gospel is lighten up and have some fun.
The Gospel is literally translated “Good News”, and it is our responsibility to share that “Good News” with everyone we come in contact with. How can we effectively share the Good News of the Gospel, if when we show up, it’s BAD NEWS to everyone around us.
*This applies to all Christians as well.
Originally published at Niles Holsinger.
One of the hardest but most important parts of working on a team, is letting go of the need to be right… and in some cases, heard.
Pride must be shelved.
A healthy team is made up of individuals who trust one another, and understand that it does not matter who has the last word, or whose idea ultimately becomes the team’s idea. What matters is the whole team working together towards the greatest result.
Even if the team results in failure. Failure together can be just as powerful as succeeding alone.