Your Attitude Is Showing

How’s your attitude? The difference between a good attitude and a lousy one can make or break your ministry. I can tell you one thing—your attitude is showing and it makes a difference! LET’S TALK Several years ago, John Maxwell wrote a book entitled The Winning Attitude: Your Key to Personal Key to Success (1992)….

What We Can Learn from 2021

Small Church Leadership Trends As we continue to work through COVID and culture changes, the church is forced to re-examine what it is doing and why. In today’s blog I’m sharing Karl Vaters list of trends he observed in smaller churches.  As I read them over, I think they apply to larger churches as well….

21 Questions to Start Your New Year

Happy New Year! This past year has hit us with many things. Many of us are tired, discouraged, and distracted. It may be difficult to even think of New Year’s resolutions when so many things are uncertain. To be honest, I’m not much of a New Years’ resolution type of guy. I do like setting…

Grateful or Grumpy?

You’ve heard the joke: A wife is asked, “Did you wake up grumpy this morning?” She replies, “No, I let him sleep in!” Ha! Ha! Well, I confess, I can be grumpy at times, especially during COVID. Yet, I know that is not God’s best. The Bible says that we are to “give thanks in…

Trust

Trust has always been essential for human relationships. It’s the way God designed us. The dictionary defines trust this way: “an assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.” When we trust each other we give one another the benefit of the doubt. The chaos of the last eighteen months…

Bad Advice

We all have heard it – “Follow your heart!” On the surface, that may seem like good advice, but in reality, it’s the worst advice we can give. Someone said it is as good as telling a person to cross a busy street blindfolded. LET’S TALK So why is following our heart so dangerous?  Our…

The Benefits of Consistency

Most of us have COVID fatigue. We are tired. One person said, “The quicker we get rid of these masks, the better.” I get that! I think we are almost there! Through all the ups and downs of this past year, one verse keeps coming back to me, “Therefore put on the full armor of…

Change and Conflict

You’ve heard it said, “The only one who likes change is a wet baby.” Change is always challenging, but is it necessary to move forward in our lives and ministry! Sadly, I have never seen significant change without conflict. The reason is that change involves a different direction. Simply put, If someone doesn’t agree with…

Listen!

Many people assume they are good listeners. But, the fact is, listening does not come naturally. We tend to be preoccupied with our own agendas and feelings. In our rush to get things done, we fail to truly listen. LET’S TALK The Bible says that we are to be “quick to listen, slow to speak…

3C Living

This week is our annual Pastors and Spouses’ Retreat at Newport. It is so good to be with one another. One thing you can’t replace online is worshiping together (Thank you to the two Brians from New Hope for leading us in worship!) And, yes, the weather is great too. LET’S TALK Our guest speaker,…

Networking Works

I like the word “networking.” To network means to be interconnected with others. I’m not talking about a formal network, rather your connection with other pastors and leaders in the Conference and in our community. LET’S TALK… With COVID and all its restrictions, we need to network more now than ever. Here are some reasons…

What’s a Leader To Do?

During these uncertain times, many of us at a loss for what to do next. However, as pastors and leaders, people are looking to us for godly wisdom and direction. This week’s blog is written by Charles Stone. He shares nine things from the Books of Acts that we need to do as we seek…