1 Thing Pastors Should Never Say to the Grieving

1 Thing Pastors Should Never Say to the Grieving

Immediately after he passed away, a nurse came in and made an empty attempt at comfort, “He’s in a better place” she said. As soon as the words were uttered they seemed to bounce around the room with nowhere to ...

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5 Ways Pastors Can Encourage Working Men & Women

5 Ways Pastors Can Encourage Working Men & Women

Encouraging working men and women in our congregations is an oft-neglected, but essential part of ministry, because most Christians who attend church on Sunday don’t draw a paycheck from a Christian organization. They have to get up on Monday morning ...

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The 5 Most Frustrating Things Pastors Do

The 5 Most Frustrating Things Pastors Do

I’m pro-pastor, but I’m not blind. These men (in our denomination, pastors are men) are called of God and assigned some of the most difficult work in the universe, and for the most part they labor well and long and you never ...

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Three Keys to Preaching the Funeral of an Unbeliever

Three Keys to Preaching the Funeral of an Unbeliever

I was thirty years old and less than two years into my second pastorate. The phone rang and I answered to learn that the father of someone in our church had died suddenly. Would I do the funeral? I had ...

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7 Tips for Staying Motivated

7 Tips for Staying Motivated

Change Metrics Many times as pastors we find ourselves on an emotional roller coaster of results. We tend to be so numbers focused (attendance, finances) that we simply get stuck in the comparison of week-to-week results. After several months of ...

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3 Steps for Getting Your Love for Jesus Back

3 Steps for Getting Your Love for Jesus Back

Most of us lose our love for Jesus at some time or other. Developing a love life with Jesus is like developing a love life. The initial burst of thrilling romance soon settles down to a long-time maturing which ultimately ...

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5 Toxic Church Environments Turning Away “Nones”

5 Toxic Church Environments Turning Away “Nones”

Much attention has been given to the rise of the nones and rightly so. They are currently the single fastest-growing religious group of our time and currently represent 20% of the US population. This person needs someone or something to facilitate the ...

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3 Dangers of Generational Pride in Church Leaders

3 Dangers of Generational Pride in Church Leaders

You don’t have to go very far in the evangelical space to hear the phrase, “Growing up I heard . . . “ or “Growing up, I never heard . . . .” A previous generation’s model of church ministry ...

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So, You Failed… Here are Your Next 4 Steps

So, You Failed… Here are Your Next 4 Steps

I can’t believe it… It’s over… I’ll never be able to recover… In all my years of working with church planters and other ministers, these words still break my heart like no other. I have cried with and for them, ...

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3 Tips to Keep Growing as a Pastor

3 Tips to Keep Growing as a Pastor

Intentionality Go ahead and buy that gym membership. Make a New Year’s resolution to lose that weight. But until you actually get off the couch, you will not get into shape. Growth as a pastor works much the same way. ...

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