How to Truly Practice the Discipline of Gratitude

How to Truly Practice the Discipline of Gratitude

CS Lewis once said, “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” It’s true. We need to get more serious about our celebration! Repeatedly, the bible urges us to rejoice, suggesting that we have a say in the matter. Yet, some people think of joy like they think of the flu:...
3 Phrases that will SCARE off Volunteer Leaders

3 Phrases that will SCARE off Volunteer Leaders

Hint: “We’re not going to pay you” didn’t make the list! At the time I’m writing this, it’s Halloween, a time of year when normal law-abiding citizens turn scaring little trick-or-treaters into an art form. It’s also a time when many pastors and ministry leaders...
How Understanding Momentum Can Help Your Church Grow

How Understanding Momentum Can Help Your Church Grow

As you look across your ministry, where do you have momentum? Where do you lack momentum? And what the heck is momentum? We typically recognize it by experience and not definition. We feel it in a sporting contest when everything starts going your team’s way. Or in a...
9 Resiliency Practices for Transcendent Leaders

9 Resiliency Practices for Transcendent Leaders

I have been a pastor for almost 30 years. I’ve seen it all. I recently heard a young staff person say, “You have no idea what It’s like to have ministry stress like I have.” Actually… well I’ll leave that there for a minute. It got me thinking about the difference...
Soul Care for Christian Leaders

Soul Care for Christian Leaders

Many Christians and especially pastors are doing God’s work at a pace that is destroying the work of God in our own souls. While we are diving deep into preaching and leading and helping others, we are just barely skimming the surface when it comes to our spiritual...