Category Archives: Pastoral Ministry

Entries about pastoral care, leadership, and preaching.

Day of Hope; Day of Warning

I have always appreciated the powerful promise of Joel 2:26-29: “”And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, … Continue reading

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Ordinary Churches Do Extaordinary Kindnesses

“When a refugee friend came to us to ask for a job, we called our church. They hired him as a janitor on the spot. When we found out that man’s wife made jewelry, our church bought the supplies for … Continue reading

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Short-term Mountains

On Sunday, I taught about the transfiguration of Jesus (Luke 9:28-36).  What joy James, John, and Peter felt when they saw Jesus in all his glory! Unfortunately, in the next story, they walk down the mountain and face a problem … Continue reading

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Weight Watcher Parable — Celebrate Good Actions

My wife and I joined Weight Watchers this summer. Today I received a special sticker for having lost ten pounds! There are many ways in which a Weight Watchers meeting resembles a church worship service. All the members sit in … Continue reading

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Anyone Can Become (more) Missional

I have always believed that God calls the church to serve the world, and that every disciple is privileged to be part of that call. I have also always struggled to get out of the church cocoon and actually get … Continue reading

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I Admit — I Can Be Irrational

Leadership Journal recently published a Christian leader’s take on Albert Ellis’ irrational beliefs, and it hits home. Irrational Belief #1 is thinking that I a miserable failure anytime I am not perfect. Realistically, there is a lot of room in … Continue reading

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Becoming Missional

“The Missional Church” is a hot phrase right now, and rightly so. God sent the church on a mission. Every once in awhile (probably, once a generation), the church forgets that we have a job to do and begins to … Continue reading

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New freedom for leadership depth

Leadership for the Millenials doesn’t have to be relevant as much as it has to offer spiritual depth. That is the central thesis of Kevin A. Miller in  From Relevant Dude to Spiritual Father | LeadershipJournal.net. This is good news … Continue reading

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Introducing the Transitional Leadership Center

Last week I started my new business venture: Transitional Leadership Center, LLC. The mission of the Transitional Leadership Center is to train and support leaders who guide churches during periods of great stress. Every church goes through periods of great … Continue reading

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Intentional Interim Workshop

I will teach/facilitate a 3-day workshop on Intentional Interim Ministry November 1-3, 2011. Here is just a glimpse at the brochure/registration form: Churches Change When a long-time pastor or minister leaves a church, the church is forced to change. Grief, … Continue reading

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