LUP032 – Finding a Good Advisor for Ministry Decisions

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll hear in Episode 32:

  • Update: A change of focus for 2017, discovered during prayers and walking at a local park.
  • Encouragement: Getting good advice for specific decisions can be hard. Hear why, and how to find a good advisor.
  • Tech. Tip: Learn how you can avoid the annoying alerts of your phone at night, without missing emergencies, and even if your friends forget what time zone you live in.

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  • Week off from work
    • Three things needing guidance – including Edify Hub and day job.
    • One day, walk around walking trail at local park
    • Four laps – ~15 minutes each
      • First – listen
      • Next three laps – praying for specific direction for each of the three areas where I needed guidance
    • Guidance for specific steps wasn’t as specific as I originally hoped.
    • Looking for some grand new exciting vision. Nope. Return to disciplines that had faded.
      • Daily Journaling
      • Limited Sweets
      • Planning priorities
    • Changing a lot next year… continuing podcast, but the refresh of the MailChimp series will be the last of the articles for a while. Need to focus on learning, planning of the kind of product that will help missionaries.
      • Last several weeks, my weekends have been consumed making sure I had something to publish each Saturday.
      • Not spending it talking with missionaries to understand their needs – or in researching/planning tools to help streamline deputation.
    • Last year, I thought about cutting down on the kinds of content I produce, but at that time, each of the different formats had a specific purpose to serve. Now, I’ve written and videorecorded everything I felt I needed to at that time. Instead I’m often scratching my head trying to figure out what to write about. When I want to record a How-To video for missionary websites, I realize that the process I want to describe is more complicated than it should be. Managing a website still isn’t as easy as I want to make it, and I haven’t had time to fix the problems or clean things up.
    • Will continue podcast. That seems to be where I get the most feedback. It seems people appreciate it. Stopping articles and videos. My focus – at least for the next while – will be on improving products for missionaries and being consistent in scheduling podcast guests and following up with them.


Decisions like the one I had to make for Edify Hub are often hard. It’s nice to have someone you can trust to give you good advice. But good advice isn’t always easy to come by – especially when facing an important, life-changing or ministry-altering decision.

But the Bible is full of good advice – especially in Proverbs, and that advice talks frequently of the value of getting good counsellors.

Still it can be hard to find someone who can give you advice about specific next steps.

In the next few weeks you may find yourself thinking about your own plans for 2017, and you may want to talk through those plans with someone you can bounce ideas off of.  Listen to hear about who would make a good person to talk to for advice.

So where are you right now? Making decisions without getting advice? Getting advice from people who aren’t qualified to help? Or maybe you have a trusted advisor. If you don’t, look for someone you could trust and spend some time getting to know them and invest in that relationship. If you do have that kind of trusted advisor, be glad. It’s also important to keep that relationship up. Part of maintaining that relationship is strongly considering their advice. Also, now would be a good time to express some thanks for that person, and let them know that you value them and their friendship.

Tech. Tip

Your cellphone chirps and buzzes. Twelve times in five minutes. At 2am. For the third time in two weeks.

You wake up and get your bearings just enough to turn over and look on the nightstand where your phone is charging. You see a string of text messages from one of those friends from the U.S. who just can’t seem to remember that you live 10 time zones away from them.

You try to ignore the phone and get back to sleep, but your curiosity about those texts gets the best of you. So you read them. And now, it’s even harder than ever to get back to sleep. Even though you’re not typing your response, you find yourself composing it in your head.

Wouldn’t it be nice to silence texts, notifications, and most phone calls, while still keeping yourself available for emergency calls?

What you’re looking for is the “Do Not Disturb” setting. It’s available on your iPhone or on your Android phone if you’re using Android 5 or higher.

With Do Not Disturb, you can tell your phone the time of day you want to be left alone, and it will prevent alert sounds or vibrations from phone calls, text messages, or app notifications. You can choose certain contacts who can still reach you. And to deal with emergencies, some phones will let you choose to allow your phone to ring when someone calls twice in a row quickly.

So, how do you set it up?

Do Not Disturb on iPhone

On your iPhone, open up the Settings app, and tap the Do Not Disturb setting. There you can choose the time of day that Do Not Disturb mode should be turned on. You can also set up whose calls should ring your phone even when you’re in Do Not Disturb mode. This can be your favorite contacts, a specific contact group, everyone, or no one. And you can choose to let your phone ring when someone calls for the second time in three minutes.

Do Not Disturb on Android

On the Android, the Do Not Disturb feature is relatively new, and it’s changed over the past couple of Android releases. To make things even more confusing, different phone manufacturers or wireless carriers have created their own replacements for the Do Not Disturb feature, so what you find on your phone may not be exactly how I’ll describe it. There are basically two parts to the process. One part of the process is to tell your phone when to automatically silence itself. The other part is to tell it what kinds of calls or notifications are allowed to come through even when it’s silent.

For both of these pieces, you’ll want to open up your settings, and find the Sounds and Notifications section. If you see two separate sections for Notifications and Sound, then look for the one called “Sound.” Whichever your phone says, open up that section. From there, look for an option called “Do not disturb.” If you’re using Android 5.0, also known as Lollipop, this option might be called “Interruptions” instead. So tap on “Interruptions” or “Do not disturb” to set the options.

From here, things start to change depending on whether you’re using Android 5.0 (called Lollipop) or Android 6.0 (called Marshmallow).

Android 5.0’s Interruptions screen has a section on the top to define what your “Priority interruptions” are. These are the interruptions that you’ll allow to interrupt your Do Not Disturb time. To start with, Calls and Messages will be turned off. If you turn one of those on, then you can choose to accept them only from contacts, or even only from starred contacts.
The bottom section of the Interruptions screen includes your Downtime settings, which let you choose the days and times that will automatically silence everything except your priority interruptions.

Android 6 and 7’s Do not disturb screen also has two sections, but you’ll have to tap to enter each one. On the top is an option labeled “Priority only allows” and you’ll tap that to define your priority interruptions. In Android 6 and 7, this one lets you treat repeat callers as a priority, to let those who call twice within 15 minutes ring your phone even when you’re in Do not disturb mode. Then, back on the Do not disturb screen again, you’ll tap the second option, labeled “Automatic rules” to set up different days and times and the Do not disturb rules that should apply.

So, if you want to silence the noise at night while still being available for emergencies, set up the automatic Do Not Disturb mode on your iOS or Android phone.


This week, you learned how you can avoid the annoying alerts of your phone at night, without missing emergencies, and even if your friends forget what time zone you live in. We also talked about how to find someone who can give good advice for your specific needs. And we learned about the change in direction for Edify Hub, continuing with the podcast, but hitting pause on other kinds of content creation starting in January.

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