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Thanks for visiting our website! This month's picture is from the a United Worship service in Santiago, Chile in March 2018. Several churches came together and I was privileged to be invited to preach. [Click picture to enlarge.]

March 2018 United Worship

Ministry is always a team effort -- Jan and I have shared the work of ministry and missions for 49 years! Countless others have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw. My favorite breakfast is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of rich Colombian coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to serve and share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature in Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by countless people around the world!


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May 2018

A new series of articles and commentary: "bits from bob" is back.

Upcoming 2018 Mission and Ministry Schedule

  • March-April-May [May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30]: "You've Got Mail!" Wednesday night adult Bible class, Park Plaza, Tulsa, OK
  • June 6: Summer Series, "Faith That Overcomes the World!", Park Plaza, Tulsa, OK
  • July 16-20: Retreat, "Missions: Message, Meaning, Methods," Paris, TN
  • July 24-August 6: Colombia Mission Trip [Tulua, Bogota, National Conference in Santa Marta]
  • The 2018 Calendar is available online. I hope you can attend an event when I am in your area. Contact me for details or to schedule an event. A few open dates remain on the 2018 and the 2019 calendars.

    To Empower Church Members, Leaders Must Learn to Prioritize Their Ministry

    Here is an important principle I learned in three decades of ministry and a dozen years of university administration and teaching: an improper understanding of the leadership role makes it very difficult -- virtually impossible -- to get the work done. It is essential that leaders learn to focus their ministries. Dave Crenshaw (The Myth of Multitasking: How "Doing It All" Gets Nothing Done) writes about the importance of priorities, "The people with whom we live and work every day deserve our full attention. When we...jump from one thing to another, the cost of those interruptions will be much greater than the simple loss of time." Crenshaw is calling us to focus our ministry.

    When leaders take on too many tasks, ministry becomes unfocused and the most important matters are neglected. Each leader has a job to do; that job must be done well. The key to successful ministry is to establish priorities and follow them scrupulously. For me this was not an easy task, but eventually I learned that I could not attend every function, counsel every person, and do everything that others expected. Focused ministry depends on defining and doing what is most important. Otherwise, we fall victim to the "tyranny of the urgent." Further, my desire to "do it all" disempowered others and discouraged the involvement of others in the work. When I learned the simple lesson I am sharing, the church blossomed and the members become amazingly active and involved.

    Those who focus on many things seldom do any of them well. I am reminded of Curly's "one thing" in the movie, City Slickers. Here is a good description of a priority -- learning to identify and seek "one thing." Priorities are not accomplished without planning. Define the ministry, determine your priority, and delegate everything else. Focusing on what you are called to do will help others grow as they assume the specific roles to which they are called. The result will be conversions, discipleship, fellowship, and spiritual growth for all.


    The article can be accessed and downloaded at: Learn to Prioritize Your Ministry

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