What’s a Pastor to Think?

Good pastoring requires good thinking. When you think about it, our thinking effects everything. How we think determines our feelings which are expressed in our actions. No wonder Paul said that we are to bring “every thought into captivity, to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 LET’S TALK So how’s your thinking? Most of…

What’s a Pastor to Give?

Some Financial Advice for Pastors Money is a big deal. We spend our lives making it, spending it, saving it and, of course, worrying about it. No wonder the Bible gives multiple warnings about riches. Jesus said, “You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24). Paul concluded that the love of money is the…

What’s a Pastor to Preach?

So, you preached a decent sermon last Sunday! Great, but guess what? You have to prepare another one for next Sunday and then another for the following Sunday and then the next Sunday, then you need another one after that, and…  Yikes! It seems like it never ends. 🙂 One pastor said that every week they…

What’s a Pastor to Do?

Some practical guidelines for a Lead Pastor’s time. It’s hard for me to believe I pastored one church for 31 ½ years. That’s a long time. I’ve had people ask me, “How did you do it?” I tell them, “Stubbornness!” Seriously, it was God’s grace and people’s patience that allowed us to stay as long…

The Pastor’s Wife and SBSD

By Linda Myers A young, inexperienced pastor’s wife met with a seasoned pastor’s wife hoping to garner words of wisdom. She was surprised when the older lady leaned over and said, “Get out while you still can!” That veteran saint knew from experience that the pastor’s wife is in a vulnerable position. She can’t respond…

FIVE TOP LEADERSHIP BL█ND SP■TS

#5 Inconsistencies As leaders, we’d like to think the problem is “out there” rather than realizing we need to change. That’s the nature of blind spots. So far, in this series, we have looked at four out of the five blind spots. Here are the topics and links, if you want to read them: #1…

FIVE TOP LEADERSHIP BL█ND SP■TS

#4 Avoidance Ever think that if you ignore something, it will go away? I have. That rarely happens, yet this is an ongoing blind spot for many leaders. It is an “intentional blind spot” in that we know we are doing it, but what we’re blind to is its destructive fallout. We convince ourselves that…

FIVE TOP LEADERSHIP BL█ND SP■TS

#3 Intimidating Others Most leaders want to be approachable, yet many of us unknowingly put people off. In fact, if you are a leader, someone will inevitably be intimidated by you.  We’re in a series entitled Five Top Leadership Blind Spots. You can read my previous articles about the first two blind spots: Being the…

Five Top Leadership BL█ND SP■TS

#2 The Need to be Always Right We’re in a series entitled “Five Top Leadership Blind Spots.” Last week we looked at the tendency for leaders to make themselves the exception to the rule.  Another blind spot for leaders is the need to be always right. Wow! As if we can really be right all the…

Five Top Leadership BL█ND SP■TS

#1 Making Yourself the Exception to the Rule. One of the goals of the Pacific Conference is to help build healthy pastors and leaders. This week I’m starting a blog series entitled Five Top Leadership Blind Spots. A blind spot is a deficiency in a person’s life that they can’t see, but others can. The…

Gatekeepers

by James Carmichael James serves as the chairman of our Board of Ministry. The Board provides an important service in our tribe as they guide men and women along the path to vocational ministry. We thought it was important to share their task so that you can understand the process and pray for them with…

Missions and Chaos

By Wayne Schock Wayne Schock is our Conference’s Director of Cross-Cultural Outreach. If your church is looking for someone to help you reach out to immigrants and various ethnic groups in your community, this is the guy you need to talk with. I’ve asked Wayne to share a bit about his experience in missions and…