Pastors, Don’t Use Mother’s Day to Bash Dads

Pastors, Don’t Use Mother’s Day to Bash Dads

A learning season is upon us, and it’s worth our time to heed its teaching. This lesson is the difference between how we handle Mother’s Day compared with Father’s Day in church. If it’s like in years past, it won’t ...

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Two Dozen (Or So) Tools for Effective Pastors

Two Dozen (Or So) Tools for Effective Pastors

My grad school car was a five-year-old VW bug, and I was determined to keep it going without recourse to a mechanic. So I enrolled in free, community-ed course in automotive maintenance at a local high school. There I learned ...

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3 Pitfalls Young Leaders Must Avoid

3 Pitfalls Young Leaders Must Avoid

I’m young. And I’m a leader (at least of my family, my church, and in some disconnected sense, to my small audience of readers). It’s exciting to be a leader, but it’s also sobering and carries many responsibilities. As I interact ...

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3 Things to Teach Teens at Graduation (and Before)

3 Things to Teach Teens at Graduation (and Before)

High school graduation is a rite of passage unlike any other. You move from being treated like a child (legally) to being counted an adult, both in society and in any academic setting you might enter. Colleges aren’t even allowed ...

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6 Reasons to Stay at Your Church as Long as Possible

6 Reasons to Stay at Your Church as Long as Possible

With sweat pouring down my cheek, he said to me: “Put your head down; focus on the path before you. Don’t look to the right or the left. Take your time. Don’t finish quick but finish well.” This is how my ...

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5 Questions to Determine Success

5 Questions to Determine Success

When trying to determine if we are or are not successful, we need to ask ourselves some evaluative questions. These 5 will get you started.

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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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4 Tips for Thriving during the “Summer Slump”

4 Tips for Thriving during the “Summer Slump”

Ah… summer. Time for vacations, kid activities, camps, and relaxation. Sounds wonderful—unless you are a pastor! For us, it’s the inevitable summer slump. If you are a brand new pastor you are probably thinking, “Not me. There will be no ...

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6 Subtle Signs that Your Church is Dying

6 Subtle Signs that Your Church is Dying

When you go to the doctor for a check up, they take your vitals. Blood pressure, weight, pulse—all of these are indicators of health. If something is wrong or there is an illness lurking, these and other tests may point ...

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10 Hidden Traps that Trip Pastors Up

10 Hidden Traps that Trip Pastors Up

Through the years, I have come across more than one leader who was stranded on the side of the road, leg entangled in an ugly trap. They were hurt and bleeding, and their leadership was sidelined. I have listed a ...

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