‘What Should I Do to Become a Pastor?’
I work for a seminary, but my advice for aspiring ministers doesn’t start there.
of theology: how it compares and contrasts with the Old Covenant and its place in God's redemption plan and the grand narrative of Scripture. This student is experiencing the rightful
Eugene Cho: Why I Am Stepping Down as Pastor of Quest Church
“I don’t feel burned out, but I am realizing my limitations.”
Now that your resignation is public, I imagine you are experiencing a number of emotions. Right now we're feeling a similar mix of emotions: gratitude for God's faithfulness over the past
Pastor, Take a Vacation—for the Good of Your Church
You are not the linchpin holding your congregation together.
It sends the false message that the fear we are experiencing is dangerous and should be avoided. I confess the ways in which I have sought to do God's work on God's behalf.
3 Ways to Stay Sane This Easter Season
Yes, it's possible to relax during your busiest time of the year.
I was in my early years as a Christian when I first came to grips with the sad truth that God appeared to use prominent Christian You know you're not experiencing loving union when you
When You're a Pastor Who Suffers from Depression
What the story of Elijah (and psychological research) tells us about how to cope.
Where was God in the mess Elijah was experiencing? No word from on high to the weary, depressed prophet of God. With divine silence ringing in his
How to Steward Your Ministry Well
What does it look like to invest in the resources God has entrusted to you?
faith, we are accountable as stewards on behalf of two different owners: (1) God, who created to the challenge, but the third allowed fear to hold him back from experiencing his greatest
The Pastoral Skill We Must Reclaim
Author Paul Pastor talks Christian formation in the Information Age.
“God cannot be known in the past,” he writes. “He cannot be known in the future. The Listening Day is a 90-day devotional written to help readers listen to God's voice.
Female Insights into the Christmas Story
Women bring unique perspectives when they teach the Word of God.
Women bring unique perspectives when they teach the Word of God. I prepared for the sermon, I was amazed at how differently I read the passage after experiencing pregnancy and
Eliminate Christian Jargon from Your Church
Let’s throw out the insider language.
over the crowd” (Luke 19:3). In their pursuit of Jesus, the crowd blocked Zacchaeus (and maybe others) from seeing and experiencing Jesus “God laid it on my heart to tell you something
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
A staff member experiencing a crisis of faith or struggling with behaviors inconsistent with the several occasions.” A third wrote, “I've learned so much about talking with God and looking
Why the Next Great Move of God Will Make Church People Uncomfortable
How will we know when the next great move of God happens? Because it will be felt outside the church, too.
Church & CultureMay 25, 2016. Why the Next Great Move of God Will Make Church People Uncomfortable A God Thing Coming. There's a God thing nagging at the back of my brain.
Using Your Head, Igniting Your Heart
Teaching others to love God’s Word
What this woman was experiencing was a gap between how she felt I was experiencing the Bible that conversation, I've found myself eager to impart not just truth from God's Word but
Slay the Beast of Ambition before It Slays You
3 ministry proverbs to quell competition and cultivate humility.
Tell your church often about what God is doing elsewhere. shoulder in community with others through challenging times because the difficulties and pain we are experiencing mask the
The Road to Emotional Health
How transforming your unhealthy interior transforms your leadership.
I wanted to be content in God, to do ministry in the unhurried pace of Jesus. I was now the “cursing pastor.” I did not have a theology for what I was experiencing.
Temptations in Ministry
Sinful behavior may be visible, but the source of that behavior is beneath the surface.
Kari and I led a denominational conference for pastors on experiencing God's love. We could tell many in attendance were being impacted through their
Pastoral Training Is Changing
It's not a straight path to the pulpit anymore.
for counsel on a particular issue, rightly or wrongly, they become the voice of God to that lot of people wonder if a seminary degree is relevant to the changes we are experiencing in the
Your Church Can Be a Refuge
4 steps to provide a calm, safe harbor of connection.
to write out the Word of God by hand to focus their minds on God's Word. temporal, knowing that while speed might be exhilarating, it keeps you from seeing and experiencing as much.
In His Absence
When we feel on our own, can we recover the power and presence of God?
with God. I know. I've tried that. As leaders “leap about and cut on themselves shouting all the more” like the prophets of Baal, the church gets further away from experiencing his
The Spirituality of Slowing Down and Shutting Up
How do you connect with God in a society of perpetual noise and busyness?
The momentum is building and more people are seeing the power and beauty of shutting up and experiencing God. But, yes, we get some resistance.