Your Christmas Visitors

Christmas is the most likely time you’ll have first-time attenders at church. It is so easy just to “go through the motions” and focus on the church family. However, during the holidays, people will drop in and others will bring family and friends, sometimes for the first time in a long time. 

Sacred Cows

Every church has at least one. They are called sacred cows. A sacred cow is something so valued, that no one would dare change or criticize it. It just means that much to us! These sacred cows are not based on Biblical conviction but personal preferences. We get emotionally attached to these sacred cows, so…

Five Takeaways from the Exponential Conference

The last two days, five of us pastors have attended the Exponential Conference in San Jose, CA. We had a great time of worship, learning, and getting to know each other better. Exponential is a church planting movement committed to producing multiplying leaders and churches. Church Planting is still one of the most effective ways…

Four Things Pastors Dread Doing

Any job or responsibility has things we don’t like doing. Pastoring a church is no exception. As pastors, we believe we are called by God to equip His people for ministry. (By the way, one of my pet peeves is calling a pastor The Minister. The Bible teaches that we are ALL ministers. Right?) But…

10 Things Pastors Hate to Admit Publicly

Linda and I have been in full time ministry for over 35 years. Often a pastor and his family feel the pressure to be “on top” of everything when we feel like we are at the bottom of things. It’s hard to admit that you don’t feel like preaching this Sunday or you are having…

Book Review: Didn’t See It Coming

by Nancy Austin I have always been a reader. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of cracking the spine on a new book. When I taught elementary school, I always spent the first week(s!) of summer vacation reading crime novels and mindless fiction. One summer we went to dinner with my husband’s boss, the dean,…

3 Reasons Your Pastor Should Take a Sabbatical

Many of you know that my wife and I are currently in Scotland. We are spending time with our family and our newest additions to the family—twins! I really enjoy being a grandpa! This morning I’m sitting at a Costa coffee shop thinking about how important it is for pastors to take extended time away…

Really Caring for Others

Do you have a favorite Bible story? One of mine comes from the life of David and his care for a guy named Mephibosheth. (Who would name their baby that? And if you preach this story, you’re going to want to practice saying his name). Mephibosheth actually means “shame.” He had a tough life. When…

Taking Time Off

Some of the questions I’ve been asking our pastors during our quarterly phone calls is about their stress level.  How stressed are you? Are you taking a day off ?  When is your next vacation? I believe getting away is important. Right now, Linda and I are preparing to visit our youngest son and his…

Networks Work

Isolation can be suffocating for a pastor. Ministry can be lonely. That’s why we need others to help and encourage us. 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 your local community. LET’S TALK……

Stretching

As leaders, we are on a journey of growth. There are times when forward motion seems easy and effortless. We’re excited about our goals and motivated because they are easily within reach. But there are times when we stagnate. We’re neither excited nor motivated. In fact, our “leadership” seems to be more about procrastinating than…

4 Ways to Support Your Pastor

A few years ago, Forbes Magazine published a ranking of the nine toughest leadership roles. You may be surprised (or not!) to find that Pastor made the list! Why is pastoring so challenging? I think for two reasons. First, we are in a spiritual battle. God’s kingdom and church are in the balance in the…