Here’s some October showprep ideas from the ninjas at CreativeCardio.com.
October is Pastor Appreciation Month. According to surveys, 75% of pastors report significant stress related to their role at church. They cite stress and resulting anguish, worry, anger, depression and fear. 1500 pastors leave their ministries each month due to burnout, conflict or moral failure.
Of pastors surveyed, 57 percent would leave if they had somewhere else to go or another vocation they could do. In addition, pastors also rank high in statistics on drug abuse, alcoholism and suicide, along with doctors and lawyers.
Here’s a lit of simple ideas for showing appreciation to your pastor: https://libertyfoundationllc.com/who-prays-for-the-pastor/
When you meet someone new, what’s a better question to get to know them than, what do you do for a living? How do you ask questions to get to know the person on a deeper level?
We get invited to a lot of parties in October, but I find I end up seeing a lot of the same people over an over, but have a hard time remembering their names! If you’ve met someone before, but forget their name, how do you secretly figure it out?
If every single thing in history was put on Youtube what would you watch first? (The battle of Gettysburg, Daniel in the Lion’s den, invention of the light bulb, the crucifixion of Jesus, day 39 of Noah’s flood?
Do you have a food habit that grosses people out? (Peanut butter & mayonnaise sandwiches are trending this week)
The midterm elections are coming. Will Smith is rumored to make a presidential bid someday. Whether that’s real or not brings up a fun topic. Reagan and Trump were celebrities first. Who could you see actually doing a decent job in the White House? (Dave Ramsey, Andy Stanley, Denzel Washington, Keifer Sutherland? Julia Louis Dryfus?)
My son wishes he could be an adult so he could play video games any time he wants. What’s your favorite part of being an adult?
What’s the oldest item in your closet you’ve saved for YEARS? What’s so vintage in your closet that you can’t throw it out? What’s so vintage that it’s actually in style again?
I overheard my son’s 10 year old friend saying she is selling ALL her candy to her dentist this year. Is this weird that a dentist office would buy back candy? Would the 10 year old you have been that self controlled to hawk your candy for cash? Is this a sign of a young entrepreneur? My kids use candy as currency______! Tell me your story! (My kids trade candy for days)
I love candy corn. My wife thinks Candy Corn taste like wax. What’s the big candy debate in your house? Almost Joy Vs Mounds? Snickers vs everything? Which candy is the upper echelon you would NEVER trade for? My kids trace candy like Pokemon cards. Nerds are worth a lot more then everything else.
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Each time we jump in to pledge drive season, we look for ways to encourage giving and challenge our listeners to think about generosity. The key is to share stories and invite our listeners to partner with what God is doing through our radio ministry. Use some of these quotes to start the conversation with your listeners! – Scott Herrold
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan
“Our gifts are very pleasant to Him. He loves to see us lay our time, our talents, our substance on the altar not for the value of what we give, but for the sake of the motive from which the gift springs.” – Charles H. Spurgeon
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank
“The two highest levels of influence are achieved when 1) people follow you because of what you’ve done for them, and 2) people follow you because of who you are. In other words, the highest levels of influence are reached when generosity and trustworthiness surround your behavior.” – Dale Carnegie
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” – Paul in Acts 10:35
“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.” (KJV) – King Solomon
The New Living Translation word’s King Solomon’s wisdom like this in Proverbs 11:24: “Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”
“The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.” – Fred Rogers
“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” – P.T. Barnum
“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:19-21)
You make all kinds of mistakes, but as long as you are generous and true and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her.” – Winston s. Churchill
“Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“What has defined our faith since the beginning is open-ended gladness.” – Matt Chandler
In talking about generosity, Malachi records God’s words saying, “Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty. – Malachi 3:10
“Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.” – St Francis of Assisi
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