Author: pastorjacobs

5 MEANINGFUL WAYS TO HELP OTHERS NOW !

1. Offer Kindness Proactively

Pay attention to the people around you and what you can do to make their lives a little easier. An act of kindness, any simple gesture can improve someone’s day. Let a car in front of you on the highway. Hold the door or elevator, and call a friend to see how they’re doing. Check in on an elderly neighbor or bring dinner to someone who has been facing illness or a tough time. Being friendly and thoughtful can make a huge difference, and maintaining good relationships is actually good for your heart.

2. Volunteer Your Time

Community service is one of the best ways to improve the lives of others. Donating your time allows you to connect with your community and make it a better place. Volunteer work is also flexible: You can participate as much as your schedule allows, and you can choose opportunities that fit your interests and hobbies. The possibilities are endless:

  • Volunteer at a local school.
  • Help at a food bank.
  • Clean up a local park or beach.
  • Teach someone a skill.
  • Offer assistance to a local animal shelter or retirement home.

Reach out to libraries, religious organizations and community colleges to see if they sponsor any volunteer groups. You can find more options online at Volunteermatch.org.

3. Donate to a Cause

Few things are as easy or provide as much instant gratification as donating money to people in need. Recent research suggests that giving to charity may actually make the giver happier and healthier. There are many ways to donate money to charities online or in your local community. Another resolution-worthy way to donate? Ask people to support a certain charity in lieu of giving you a birthday or Christmas gift.

4. Donate Unused Items

The new year is a good time to organize and clear out your clutter. Rather than tossing out stuff you no longer need, donate it to someone who does. Free your home of unworn clothes and unused furniture. Your community likely has a Goodwill or Salvation Army that will accept your donations. Homeless shelters and food banks are happy to take unexpired canned goods off your hands, too.

Another idea is to donate blood. While this doesn’t qualify as an “unused item,” your body does replenish your blood supply, giving you some to spare. The American Red Cross sponsors blood drives in communities across the U.S., so find one near you to schedule an appointment.

5. Say “Thank You”

Make an effort to say “thank you” to every person who plays a part in your life, no matter how big or small. Expressing gratitude for another person’s actions shows that you notice them. Send a quick note telling someone how much you appreciate them, how proud of them you are, or just to say thank you for something they did. You can also help others feel better about themselves by showing your appreciation publicly. Praising another in front of family or coworkers can have an impact that lasts beyond the moment itself.

4 Important Goals To Be A Better Church Creative

1. Stop Blaming Your Lack of Resources

We all know the struggle. It’s difficult when you don’t have enough time, people, or money to pull off your ideas for your latest project. We have to be careful with this, though. Part of being creative is figuring out how to make great things despite your shortage of resources. Don’t let your lack determine your ability to create; take inventory of the tools God’s given you and make it happen!

2. Build A Creative Team Around You

Creativity is best in numbers. I spent a long time trying to do everything for my church alone. I would design every graphic, make every video, and plan every event. It wasn’t until a few years later that I truly began to understand that not only would it be a lot less stressful to get others involved, my product would be much better. Loosen the reins a little and allow others to join in on the creativity.

3. Serve Your Leaders Wholeheartedly

Following the direction of others doesn’t come easy for creatives. We’re already overflowing with a million of our own ideas, so having to create within the parameters of someone else’s vision can be tough. Remember that honoring your leaders is important to your faith. Have open ears and an open mind to hear their ideas and help bring them to life with your creativity. Your willingness to serve will often determine how much creative freedom you’re given in an organization.

4. Spend Less Time Dreaming And More Time Doing

When I first started serving in ministry, there was a man in our congregation that would come up to me nearly every Sunday with an idea of how we could make things better. Some of his ideas were pretty good, but this guy never wanted to get involved to actually make these ideas happen. Like a lot of creatives, he was trapped in dreamland. I’ve learned that you may have a ton of great ideas, but if you never put your hand to the plow and make them happen, you’ll never accomplish anything.

10 Ways to Reimagine Your Corporate Social Responsibility Program

1. Shift to virtual volunteering

Virtual volunteering goes a long way toward satisfying the needs of your employees and communities while keeping everyone safe. Whichever nonprofit organizations or causes you pick, make sure you encourage your employees to engage in ways that help them build their skills and align with your company’s goals or cause areas.

2. Expand the definition of volunteering

Many companies have expanded their definition of volunteering. For example, Salesforce now allows the following as volunteering activities for employees throughout the duration of the pandemic: shopping for groceries for elderly neighbors not wanting to expose themselves to the virus, teaching a lesson to a child’s class virtually, or providing necessary medical support to family members.

3. Provide clear safety guidelines for in-person volunteering

No matter how useful virtual volunteering and pro bono work can be, some organizations require in-person support at places such as food banks. This is why employees need clear safety guidelines when volunteering in person. We suggest CSR leaders work with their security and safety departments and office managers to issue COVID-19-specific safety guidance.

4. Match employee donations

Matching employee donations increases how much money employees give and shows the commitment of your company. Eighty-four percent of employees say they’re more likely to donate if a match is offered, and one in three donors indicate they’d give a larger gift if matching is applied to their donation, according to The Big-Give research initiative.

5. Build campaigns and help channel employee donations

Corporate-led campaigns are even more important during times of crisis. Employees need guidance to know what organizations are the most effective. Whether it’s racial justice, food banks, mentorship, or care for the elderly, CSR professionals can create a list of five to ten organizations per cause and explain why they’re good choices for donations and volunteering.

6. Activate employee relief funds and programs

Many employees might need financial help during or following a crisis. Whether it’s flexible time off to care for their children, mental health resources, or simply funds to weather a spouse’s layoff, your company has a chance to step up and offer support. Starbucks, for example, committed $10 million in COVID-19 relief for its employees.

7. Double down on grants and measure impact

Targeted grants can do a lot to alleviate financial pain, particularly during times of crisis. Being able to measure the impact grants have on the community is critical for recovery and regrowth. Be aware that traditional key performance indicators such as dollar amount might not be enough. Shifting from outputs to outcomes is more important than ever.

8. Focus on the communities your business depends on the most

This is also a year in which grantmaking can be redirected to impact communities your employees, customers, suppliers, and partners live and operate in, therefore ensuring those who have made your business successful can continue to thrive.

9. Repurpose operations and answer pressing needs

While not all companies can repurpose their business operations to temporarily produce personal protective equipment and ventilators, a great deal of organizations have leveraged their unique business skills to address other immediate needs presented by the pandemic.

10. Partner with nonprofits

Nonprofits are very much in touch with the needs of the community. This is why corporations can gain important insight and refine their CSR programs to be more effective by partnering closely with nonprofits, particularly in times of crisis.

DO NOT GROW WEARY

Can you believe we’re halfway through 2020? 

This year has been a year like no other, but despite the challenges around us and in us, amazing things are continuing to happen in the global Church. 

Galatians 6:9 ESV reminds us, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Let us not grow weary. We will reap. Don’t give up.

Regardless of how you may feel, there is more in you. God has more to do through you and your church. When the world gets darker, our light shines brighter. Keep leading strong and reflect the love of Jesus to this lost and broken world. Don’t give up.

5 Questions for Your Team 

As you lead your team strongly in this season, schedule a checkpoint with them this month. Below are a few questions we’re processing as a team—use these as a springboard for your discussions. 

  1. How are you staying connected to the source—Jesus?

  2. How have you seen God move in this time?

  3. How are you finding time for play and rest?

  4. How has COVID-19 impacted your work/life rhythms, and is there anything I can do to help?

  5. How specifically could I be praying for you?

Continue to grow in your leadership and make important decisions for your church with the help of these episodes from the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. Listen by yourself or gather your team together for a lunch-and-learn event and grow together.