Before You Open Your Mouth
10 tips for “pre-public speaking”
Before You Open Your Mouth

As a ministry speaker and part of our church’s teaching team, I still fight nerves every time I’m preparing a presentation. So I am constantly on the lookout for public speaking tips. There’s fantastic advice for the speech itself—start with a bang, ...


Lead Me On: When “Dance Moms” Teaches about Trust
God has a much greater mission than demonstrating his greatness
Lead Me On: When “Dance Moms” Teaches about Trust

Sometimes when my family should be Norman Rockwell-ing it with old-fashioned bonding time over a board game, we are instead hovered around an Apple TV episode of “Dance Moms: Season Two.”

It is a car-crash-esque pileup of five moms watching their seven daughters ...


Say Goodbye to Leadership Overload
And say hello to the right priorities
Say Goodbye to Leadership Overload

“What you are doing is not good.”

Jethro said it to Moses in Exodus 18. God said it to me at a time when I was experiencing major leadership overload. “You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for ...


Pastoring Your Church through a Leader’s Misconduct
Tips for a redemptive response
Pastoring Your Church through a Leader’s Misconduct

When the assistant pastor called the church’s key leaders to his house for an urgent meeting, my husband and I both suspected something serious had happened. We could not have guessed just how serious. Once all 20 of us had packed into the living room, our senior pastor ...


Where Were You When It Happened?
Helping when mass tragedy strikes your congregation
Where Were You When It Happened?

For the past century, and arguably longer, generations have self-identified with their own answer to this question. Where were you when Kennedy was assassinated? Where were you when news broke that Dr. Martin Luther King was shot, when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, ...


When Church Leaders Mistreat You
It takes courage and strength to replace anger with love
When Church Leaders Mistreat You

The words mistreatment and church leader shouldn't be in the same sentence, but unfortunately sometimes they are. The fact is, many people on staff, as well as members of the church, are mistreated by their leaders.

My husband and I were mistreated by our pastor, and ...


Hollowed Out, Hallowed In
Leading during a time of personal trauma
Hollowed Out, Hallowed In

As leaders in ministry we expect ourselves to have the answers for the walking wounded who come to us for counsel. Depending on our gifts and our roles, we deliver the sermons or teachings that heal, the physical gestures that comfort, the counsel that soothes, or the silence ...


Follow us

FacebookTwitterRSS

free newsletters:

Most Popular Posts

Meet Sexual Sin with Truth and GraceDoes the Bible Really Say I Can’t Teach Men?The Strong Power in Every WomanHow Should the Church Handle Adultery?