Things Overheard at Midyear Retreat

Linda and I have always enjoyed “Midwinter Retreat,” which is now called our Midyear Retreat (since we meet in May). We look forward to the time away, being with fellow pastors and leaders, walking the beach, and even playing some games. Worshiping, praying, and growing together. Everything makes it a special time together. Let’s Talk…

Dating a Denomination

Many of you know there are talks with the Missionary Church about the possibility of joining them as a Denomination. For some, it may be moving too slow and for others, too fast and for others, we shouldn’t be moving at all. (A fable with a young girl and some bears comes to mind.) At…

More Questions

I love good questions. Good questions allow us to reflect rather than react. They draw out deeper observations about ourselves, others, and the situations we face. Todd Henry from The Accidental Creative writes, “I believe that the questions we ask define us. Why do I believe that? Because our questions are an indication of what…

A Revealing Question

How was Easter? When I pastored, Easter was always a highlight of the year. I like Easter because it seems more of a focused holiday. It celebrates the most important event of history, the resurrection of Jesus! Also, it was always great to see an increase in attendance. : -) . For me, it showed…

The Grace of Easter

This weekend, billions of people around the world will celebrate this one event in history—Jesus’ death and resurrection! So what is the significance of Easter? Easter shows us what God is really like. The Bible tells us that “God is gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and rich in love” (Psalm 145:8). The Apostle Peter…

Finding Time To Be Bored

It is difficult to find time to be bored. We now can fill our lives with so much stuff. One of the biggest culprits is our electronic devices. When I was young, I remember standing in a long line for an event with nothing to do – except talk with someone or stare at the…

You Need a Coach!

I happen to believe that every one of us needs a coach. No pastor or church leader should go it alone. One survey said that 90% of pastors feel unprepared for their current challenges.   LET’S TALK… I wrote a post a while back that shared how I have benefited from coaching. Here are a…

Humility

Are you humble? That’s a trick question! If you say “Yes”, you probably are not; and you probably are not if you say “No”.  Humility is illusive. Once we think we have it, we lose it. Yet, when it comes to being humble in the Bible, we are to “humble ourselves” (1 Peter 5:6; James…

Bad Behavior

As pastors and leaders, people notice what we do more than what we say. The old saying is true, “most things are caught, not taught.” Recently James Albright posted an article entitled Unproductive Behavior of Leaders. He begins by warning us NOT to apply this list to others but to examine our own behaviors. As…

Margins

Do you have margins in your life? Richard Swenson defines margins as “the space between our load and our limits.” We all need a buffer, a place where we can recharge our batteries, and a space where we can focus on what matters most. LET’S TALK I like the analogy of a cup. If the…

I’ve Got This, God

By Linda Myers I have a frightening verse underlined in my Bible. When the people of Gibeon heard how Joshua had conquered Jericho and Ai, they came up with a ruse. A delegation of men went to Joshua saying they had come from a distant country and asked that a treaty be made between them…

Reasons Why We Aren’t Reaching Secular People

It is a different time for the Church in America. While other parts of the world, such as Asia and Africa, are experiencing rapid growth in the church, we are seeing a steady decline. And just to be clear, that drop was going on long before COVID. Our Evangelical Church has a rich past of…