Recovering from Burnout

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Leadership | Posted on December 23, 2010

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ExhaustedI think every leader experiences it at some point.  It feels like there is nothing left to give.  We get tired.  Sometimes it seems the effort we put into something is all in vain.  Where do we go?  What should we do?  Is it unspiritual?  Most importantly, how do we recover?

I got my inspiration for this in a place I wouldn’t have expected, the book of 1 Kings.   Read the rest of this entry »

Multiply your time

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Leadership | Posted on December 16, 2010

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Multiplying Time

One of the realizations I believe we all have at some time in our life is that we have a limited amount of time.  There are only 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week.  It seems as though there is never enough time to accomplish what we might want to do.  This seems to become more evident as I have stepped into leadership positions where my responsibilities have grown, but the amount of time I have to get them done has not increased.  I want to focus one way I have learned to multiply my time. Read the rest of this entry »

5 minute mentoring

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Leadership, Next Generation Church Leaders | Posted on December 9, 2010

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MentoringThe funny thing about working with college students is that while I keep getting older, they are always the same age, 18-22.  There are always students graduating and students who are just getting started.  Therefore, it is important to developing the next set of leaders.  I want to focus on one way to that I use to develop leaders, 5 minute mentoring.

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The root of all evil

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Money | Posted on December 3, 2010

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MoneyIt is sometimes said that “money is the root of all evil.”  Is it?  I don’t think so.  A few weeks ago our gas fireplace stopped working.  As my wife and I researched the cost to replace it we realized we didn’t have the money to do that which led us into a three-day discussion about our finances and our spending.  In the process we realized that Sandi felt horrible every time she spent money because I keep track of the finances and I was always telling her we didn’t have a lot of money this month. I was frustrated because we haven’t been able to save any money and had been spending more than we make for several months. Fortunately we Read the rest of this entry »

Living the adventure

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Evangelism, Faith | Posted on July 19, 2010

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Recently while staying at a friends house, I was playing with my daughter and their two daughters and I witnessed an interesting dichotomy. As I lay on the floor, tired from moving out of our house, the girls started running around me.  I reached out, pretending to grab one of them which began an hour long game.  As you might imagine, the game was simple, try to run past Brian without getting caught.  Every time they would run past, they would scream with delight. Read the rest of this entry »

We’re Moving!

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Family, Life | Posted on May 26, 2010

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The photo that sold our house

“You’re getting three offers on your house!” our realtor said over the phone.  We couldn’t believe it!

Four weeks ago we decided we would list our house and if it sold we would move to Duluth.  We listed the house Thursday.  On Monday we had three showings and all three made an offer.  Tuesday we compared offers and accepted an offer for more than our asking price!

Our realtor in Duluth said “that’s amazing – a friend of mine in Bemidji said the market is soft!” Read the rest of this entry »

I graduated! What’s next?

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Life | Posted on April 29, 2010

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I did it! I graduated from New Area Director Training.  It took me two years, but I have completed the training with friends from around the nation.  The training is designed to help me transition from campus work to my new role as a supervisor.

So what did I learn?  Much of what we learned related to how we can better supervise our staff.  I must have learned something, because my staff think I am the best area director.

At a recent staff team meeting, my staff team decided to honor my graduation by presenting me a very special award, “Best Area Director.”  They even made a mortar board hat for me (see picture).

After graduation, people often ask what’s next?  Hopefully more of the same.  I love my job!

Coming up: interviewing staff candidates, work with new staff at leadership camp and help staff plan out new student outreach for Fall 2010.

Reaching the whole campus

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Leadership | Posted on April 29, 2010

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A few years the Bemidji State InterVarsity chapter was at the lowest point of involvement in about 20 years. We had a small leadership team and my wife and I were newly married. We decided that we would both lead two small groups and at the end of that year we had about forty students involved in the four small groups. Last year we had about 120 students with eight small groups and 37 conversions. God has been moving. Read the rest of this entry »

AIDs: our response

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Activism, College, Evangelism, Faith | Posted on April 2, 2010

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I was half way through college before I realized that not everybody had the same opportunities that I did.

I was working at a summer camp where the leader had us play a simulation.  The simulation was simple. Take a step forward if the statement applied to you.  Stay put if it doesn’t.

I remember the first statement. “Take a step forward if your family had multiple book shelves.”  I took a step forward.

Take a step forward if your family had a cabin.  My immediate family didn’t have a cabin, but my grandparents did and we went there almost every weekend during the summer.  Take a step forward if your father went to college.  My father went to North Dakota State University.  Take a step forward if you mother went to college.  My mom went to Moorehead State University.  Take a step forward if your family had a computer.  My family had a LOT of computers.

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Thriving in college

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in College, Evangelism, Faith | Posted on March 17, 2010

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A lot is made about Christians managing to survive college and for good reason, depending on which statistics you read, 60%-80% of Christian students in High School leave their faith in college.  That’s a lot!  What happens?  What are the problems that Christian students face when they head onto the college campus?  There are a lot of problems that I see Christian students face when they get to college.  I’m going to focus on two of the more common problems that I see.  Then I want to talk about how to thrive in college so you’re not just surviving.
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