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Avoiding The Trap Of A Punch-The-Clock Mentality In Ministry
It’s too easy to define our ministry by how many hours we put in. Then it's very easy to slip into the trap of defining our value by those hours.
Ministry is not about the number of hours we work. It's about faithfulness and effectiveness. Work harder. But that's never the answer. Fewer Hours, More Faithfulness And Effectiveness.
3 Ways to Maximize Co-Pastoring
Effective co-pastoring requires more than just dividing up tasks.
So, while I'm not usually one for tips and tricks of the trade, I'd like to offer you testimony of our experience and God's faithfulness in the hopes of giving struggling co-pastors some
We Are Called to Be Faithful, Not Successful
As my pastorate crumbled around me, I learned what God truly expects of us.
to Mother Teresa—but that morning was the first I'd ever heard it: “God does not call you to be successful; he calls you to be faithful.” The thought that faithfulness hovered somewhere
How to Transform Ministry Disappointment into Hope
What you are doing matters, even when fruit appears to be scarce.
Or so it seems. This sort of anticlimax in ministry can be hard on the heart. What can we do with it, apart from choosing to live in self-protective isolation?
What to Do When Ministry Jobs Are Scarce
3 ways to protect yourself from unexpected unemployment.
During that season, my understanding of ministry expanded. I've learned not to rule out part-time gigs. There are growing opportunities for employment
Trusting God When the Future Is Unknown
Will we enter God’s Promised Land for us in full faith?
Even now, after all I've seen, I hate to admit that I sometimes hold the fruit of the faithfulness of God while simultaneously gripping the fear he might not act again.
3 Disaster Myths That Only Compound the Devastation
The biggest threat facing churches isn’t a disaster event—it’s how we think about disasters.
Yet, when I consider disasters within a broader context—within the grand scheme of past and possible events—it's how we think about disasters that keeps me up at night.
Confessions of a Former ‘It’ Church Pastor
We were the hottest church in our area. Then everything imploded.
Finally, after 13 months of confrontation, Gordon and his family stopped attending our services. Only, they didn't really leave. I went from spending all
Before You Open Your Mouth
10 tips for “pre-public speaking”
you're preaching to yourself and crying as you go.” Anything I speak or preach on has been born out of a conviction of sin, an emotional discovery, or a story of God's faithfulness in my
Uniting a Violence-Plagued City in Prayer
Neither death threats nor tepid response discouraged two pastors from praying over every murder site in their city for years.
But he also became convinced that the waters of revival would only flow through the vessel of a unified Church—and that needed to include the large Catholic churches in Aurora.
When You Just Can’t Care Anymore
Preventing and healing compassion fatigue
I began to forget that there were healthy, loving families with well-adjusted teenagers. As a Christ-follower, I began to forget the faithfulness and goodness of God.
A Faithfulness Deeper than Feeling
Spiritual angst is so 2013.
It's common for Christians to have community rituals: weekly worship, public prayer, taking communion. But what are our personal and family practices
4 Ways to Invite God into Your Planning Meetings
Put the ministry back in your administration.
significance of the task at hand, I help my team fight the temptation to panic by, instead, using it as an opportunity to tell the Lord how much we need him and to celebrate his faithfulness
3 Ways to Fight Back with Joy as You Lead
It’s a potent weapon for life’s battles
to “Always be full of joy in the Lord.” When the situations and circumstances we're facing take our joy, we can still find the refuge of divine delight by reflecting on the faithfulness of God.
3 Questions to Ask Yourself before Letting Go
What keeps you hanging on?
Cards, children's artwork, old photographs—most conjure fond memories, markers of calling or remembrance of God's faithfulness while holding little monetary value.
8 Reasons Churches Should Partner with Secular Community Groups
How can we reach our communities if they have no idea we love them? And how will they know we love them if we don’t work alongside them?
not Christian-based. No, we haven't gone soft on our faithfulness to the gospel. And we have standards for those we will and will not partner with. But in