Give Thanks to Whom?

Our “thanks” in Thanksgiving Day was traditionally directed towards God. Its roots date back to the Pilgrims, who thanked God for His protection through a bitter winter and a bountiful harvest. Thanksgiving Day was declared as an annual holiday by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 amid a Civil War, which I find incredible! Sadly, in…

Lapses in Leadership

Getting as old as I am, I get a chance to look back on my ministry and leadership. A few weeks ago, I shared about “making mistakes.” We all make them. What’s that saying, Hindsight is 20/20?  It’s true! There are many times I could have done things better and, yes, even differently. LET’S TALK…

Dealing With Conflict

Conflict happens. In fact, it should. Someone said if two people always agree, then one isn’t needed. Today’s blog was originally posted by David Kraft. Knowing how to deal openly and honestly with conflict with coworkers, friends, and family is critical to good leadership. LET’S TALK Here is Dave’s approach to dealing with conflict: Do…

How to Treat a Parishioner

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about “How to Treat a Pastor.” Recently someone asked me to write about “How to treat a parishioner!” I have a considerable disadvantage because I’ve been involved in ministry for so long as a pastor.  However, in my own interactions and relationship with people, I’ll give it my…

Ministering to Families of Suicide

By Linda Myers Our hearts go out to the family of Pastor Jarrid Wilson who took his life last week. It is very difficult to navigate all the emotions associated with the grief of someone who dies by suicide. First, the family has suddenly lost a loved one and second, they died horrifically. Emotions range…

How to Treat a Pastor

Many have lost trust and respect for leadership. That includes anyone in authority. Police. Teachers. Government officials. And, yes, even pastors. Frankly, some have abused their power and failed us. That’s tragic. LET’S TALK However, most pastors are in ministry because they are called by God and genuinely love people. We need to guard their…

Organized to Death

Whether we like it or not, those of us who are pastors work within the confines of “organized religion.” Part of it comes out of necessity. We have programs to plan, buildings to maintain, and budgets to meet.  However, when our focus shifts from ministry to maintenance, we lose our way! Judson Edwards, in his…

Hitting a Home Run Sermon

Believe it or not, I’ve often reflected how well my sermon went by using baseball terms. Most of my preaching, I think I get to first or second base and even scored a run once in a while! However, there have been times I’ve hit a foul ball or two, and yes, there are times…

What is your Peanut Butter?

By Randy and Linda Myers Chuck Swindoll wrote in his book, The Grace Awakening,” about two groups of missionaries living together on a compound that would not even speak to each other all because of peanut butter. One group asked people from back home to send peanut butter as they could not buy it on…

4 Keys to Great Leadership

Today’s blog is not mine, but from Charles Stone. A while back, he made a move to pastor in Canada.  During this time of transition, he learned four keys to start well and sustain a healthy ministry. What I like most about this article is the thought-provoking questions we need to ask as leaders. LET’S…

Some Myths About Turnaround

Most churches need a turnaround! Odds are, your church needs one, too. By that, I mean, we all need to experience renewed life and health in our church families. The sad thing is that many ignore the need for revitalization until it’s too late. In Revelation 3:1-2, this startling warning is given to the church…

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…