We’re hiring!

Check out the vision video!

The church where I pastor in Oklahoma City is hiring a new pastoral position.

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Our church has been growing:

  • We’re running 100, with a 9 week unique worshippers number of 175.
  • Our Food Pantry continues to grow, with 22,000 served in the last 12 months.
  • We are working on building a new fellowship and food pantry space.
  • We’re working on breaking through the 200 barrier.
  • We’re investigating moving to multiple worship services.
  • We are planning to help plant new churches over the next 4 years.

We feel like this is a strategic moment for us to hire new talent, to help us break through to the next level.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help people in Oklahoma City, “Love God, Love Others, Serve the World.”

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Here’s the way we try to make that mission statement real:

  • We budget toward it (we have a “Love God” budget area, a “Love Others” budget section, etc.)
  • We program toward it (we have programs that are designed to encourage “Love God”, etc.)
  • I preach toward it (each message series is designed to move one of those forward)
  • AND NOW: We are staffing toward it (A Love God Pastor, a Love Others Pastor and a Serve the World pastor)

Currently, we’re seeking to add a staff position in either the “Love God” area or the “Serve the World” area.

 

We’re looking for a self-motivated, gifted person who:

  • has a servant’s heart
  • is ready to grow and stretch in their leadership skills
  • feels a passion for Jesus and His Kingdom and
  • loves cities and the people who live there
  • is passionate about helping people grow in one of the areas of our mission

Below you’ll find a video that gives a detailed explanation of our mission and vision for the church staff.  Please take the time to watch it if you’re interested in this ministry opportunity!

If you’re interested in more details, job descriptions, etc., please feel free to contact me via email at darrellstetler2@gmail.com, and get me your contact info and resume.

Staff Video – Dream Team Vision from Darrell Stetler II on Vimeo.

 

 

How to Make a Portable Baptistry for a Small Church

Baptism is a beautiful moment as new Christians celebrate their transformation & new life in Christ… but what happens if you’re a small church without a built-in baptistry?

 

Sure, you could use a creek.  But what if you live in Oklahoma City and you don’t have a creek?

You could go out of town and do a lake — but then you sacrifice some of the chance that your new Christians will invite their family and friends, and get them to witness their testimonies.

So, maybe you purchase a portable baptistry.  But… those things are expensive!

A few years ago, I decided to make one of our own.  Watch the video to see how we did it.

And here’s a video of our baptistry in use in a recent baptism service:

 

 

 

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One Huge Key to a Pastor’s Emotional Survival

Being a pastor of a church can be emotionally exhausting.  At times, it really does feel like riding an emotional roller coaster.

small church pastoral emotional frustration and health burnout

In a single week, you can cover.

  • rejoicing with a new convert who is growing in their faith
  • hurting with a young couple who lost a baby
  • conflict with a board member
  • preaching and feeling like you really connected
  • learning that your illustration really offended someone
  • guilt about how much family time you’re spending
  • excitement about a new tither
  • frustration with your building

Nah, never mind.  That can all happen in ONE DAY.

There’s a lot to be said about the topic of how to handle the emotional ups and downs of pastoring… and I can’t cover it all in one video.  But here’s one key that I think is crucial:  Your ability to handle, embrace and even rejoice in chaos.

For more, here’s today’s 5 Minute Mentoring Video:

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Church Revitalization Coaching Session #3

Putting Your Outreach Plan Into Practice

This goal with this session was to make it inspiring as much as it is informative…

A discussion of how to get your church over the hump of INACTION, and a discussion of how the church in Acts moved forward when they were faced with the question of putting THEIR plan into action…

Below, you’ll find the handout and video for the month!

Lowering Your Sunday Morning Stress

5 Minute Mentoring video

Ray Stevens, the great musical comedian, once wrote a song called “Sunday Mornings.”

Chaos, mayhem, panic and disorder
Even worse when we were cursed with not enough hot water
We broke most of the Commandments and a host of the heavenly warnings
Trying to get the family to church on Sunday morning

If you smiled at that, it’s probably because you can identify.  We’ve all been there.

But honestly, is that the mindset you want heading into worship?  Do you think that frustration or discouragement or stress shows up in how you lead a service?  How you preach?  How you handle those E.G.R. (Extra Grace Required) people?

You bet it does.

Since my wife and I were blessed with our 7th child (6th boy) a few weeks ago, I’m feeling the need to take my Sunday morning routine to a new level to lower the stress level.  For me, step #1 is re-instating a ministry in our church that fell off the wagon sometime back when a volunteer experienced some physical problems and had to step down.

So it’s appropriate that today’s 5 Minute Mentoring Video be a piece on how to lower your stress on Sunday mornings, when the “performance pressure” is on.

Here’s the details on the system that I’m tweaking and re-installing:


 

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How to Reduce Pastoral Stress With Systems

5 Minute Mentoring

I am OK with some kinds of stress.  Performance stress is good for you, since it raises your awareness and sends adrenaline coursing through your body…

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But I hate most kinds of stress.  It lowers joy, saps energy & creativity, and is a continual “white noise” in the brain when you need to think clearly.  I don’t think it’s possible to eliminate all stresses from your life.  But I don’t want to deal with one bit more than I have to.

The biggest single secret for reducing stress I’ve found (outside of prayer & faith) is SYSTEMS.

Here’s your 5 Minute Mentoring Today:

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Changing Your Church Wisely

What changes do I make, and which do I avoid?

Everyone knows that change is “make or break” for leadership.

The test of leadership isn’t how many people voted for you, or how many will cry at your funeral… it’s whether or not you can lead people to change.

John Maxwell says,

But which changes?  Too often, as leaders, since we “own” the change (i.e. we came up with the idea), we fail to understand the emotional cost of change for those who follow us.

Today’s 5 Minute Mentoring Video helps clarify how choosing changes wisely can boost your trust — or break it.

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5 Minute Mentoring: Getting Permission To Make Changes

The relationship of trust to change...

I remember when the professor stood in front of our class, and passed out copies of the 5 year vision plan of a young, visionary pastor he had known.  It was detailed, multiple pages… and quite ambitious.

Then the prof read the resignation letter of the chairman of the church board.  And another board member.

And then, he read the resignation letter of that young, visionary pastor.

None of you want to be that person… big dreams, no ability to get people to follow.

So how can we build that ability?  Demonstrating character & competence in our decisions over time.  That’s what today’s 5 minute mentoring video is about, inspired by a concept in a John Maxwell book.

Check out the video below:

#4 – Getting Permission To Change Things from Darrell Stetler II on Vimeo.

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5 Minute Mentoring: The Time Management Matrix

Steven Covey's tool to sort out your to-do list

When was the last time you felt like you had ENOUGH time?  I’m guessing it was on the 12th of Never.

Time management is one of the toughest things about being a pastor.  Demands on your time are never-ending, and time-wasters abound.

Have you ever:

  • Fielded phone calls that took you off on a wild-goose chase?
  • Lived most of a month in “crisis mode?”
  • Found yourself mired in work that doesnt’ contribute to your goals?
  • Suddenly realized you wasted more time than you should have on other people’s priorities?

Few things are more frustrating than getting to the end of a week, and feeling like “I’ve been busy, but I didn’t get the most important things done.”

Today’s video gives a helpful tool from Steven Covey’s book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.  It’s a time management matrix that helps you sort out the volume of roles & tasks, to help identify which ones help you live with more intentionality and less stress.  (My spell check is telling me “intentionality” is not a word.  But if it’s not, it should be.  I think you know what I mean.)

Check out the video below:

#2 – 5 Minute Mentoring – Time Management Matrix from Darrell Stetler II on Vimeo.

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5 Minute Mentoring: How to Share the Gospel

A quick but thorough way to share God's Good News

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How do you share the Gospel?  Do you have a prepared presentation, or do you just “wing it?”  I am a big believer in being prepared “to give an answer to any man that asks a reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15).  I’ve always keep a presentation of the Gospel on tap, so I can succinctly explain it in whatever time frame the Lord gives me to witness.

For some years, I used the “cross bridge” diagram.  But something bugged me about it… I couldn’t place it until I saw someone share a different one.

In the last few months, I’ve made a change in how I share the Gospel.  This method, called the Three Circles, does a better job of explaining the Kingdom and sanctifying nature of the Gospel, instead of simply ignoring it for a simple transactional focus for salvation.

But check it out for yourself and see what you think:

5 Minute Mentoring #1 – Gospel Presentation from Darrell Stetler II on Vimeo.

If you’re interested in purchasing a tract based around this, try this one, which comes in both an app and printed form you can order for your church.

Hope you can tune into the Spirit and see a chance to share the Gospel this week!

Thanks for what you do, pastor!

 

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Are you on a pastoral search committee, but you’re struggling to find a good candidate, and make sure someone is able to preach every weekend? Did your pastor retire, and you’re looking for a new one… but you have to bridge the gap until you can hire a new pastor?

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