3 Questions To Help You Structure Your Ministry For Success

In my time as a ministry leader, I have had successes, but I have also had failures. My biggest disaster in ministry occurred when I was leading an event planning team. One of my team members had voiced their desire to focus their attentions elsewhere and I just didn’t recognize…

3 Ways To Centralize The Gospel

I was a senior pastor for 37 years, and frankly, I’ve been glad I’ve not been serving in that role over the past six months. I doubt I would have adapted as well as many of you to preaching to a camera in a room with perhaps a videographer and…

Why I Jumped on TikTok and What I Learned About Being Relevant

I had been hearing the name mentioned for a while. TikTok. Kid’s would be recording themselves doing crazy “trending” dances for this relatively new video and music based app at almost every speaking engagement I had. It was clear the kids weren’t interested in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or even Snapchat…

3 Reasons You Are Stuck And How To Get Moving Again

  This summer, our family did a cross country RV trip to experience some of the grandest sites this country has to offer. From sunsets at The Grand Canyon or La Jolla Beach and fireworks over Arches National Park to snow capped peaks in Breckenridge, it took our breath away.…

What I Learned About Church Communications From My Hiatus As A Communications Director

“Weird” is the only word I can think of to describe the second week of March 2020. I will never forget sitting in my lead pastor’s office that Thursday afternoon with a group of church leaders listening to them discuss something that had seemed completely unthinkable even the day before:…

From An Anonymous EDA Pastor

For a brief moment I considered finding one of my most popular blog posts from the past few years, dusting it off, and sending it in for re-posting. Then I realized that would be lying. The truth is, I find myself like the little boy in John 6 – I…

4 Principles From Hamilton That Will Remake The Way I Do Church

The past few months, we’ve all experienced significant losses – graduations, gatherings, job security, vacations, and in many cases, a friend or loved one. With all this heartache, it’s good to stop and appreciate the one thing we have all gained during the shutdown. Access to Hamilton! Hamilton, the award-winning,…

3 Ways To See Another Instead Of An Other

Biologically speaking, you are 99.9% identical to any other human being on this planet and yet that final 0.1% makes a huge difference, doesn’t it? That final tenth of a percent creates diversity in our hair color, eye color, skin color, height, predisposition to various diseases, or immunity to other…

Women: Forerunners To A Great Movement

When I was a youth, there was one individual whose life and legacy set the tone for my own calling in ministry. That  person served in the children’s ministry at the church I grew up attending. What made her presence there unique is that she was there not because the…

To Be or To Do: That Is The Question.

Take 30 seconds. Close your eyes. Think of the leader who has had the most impact on your life. Stop. Do not read on until you’ve identified someone. Take another 30 seconds. Close your eyes. Answer this question. Was that person’s impact on your life due to what they did…

In and Out of Season

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season. – 2 Timothy 4:2 Never in my life has it felt more out of season than this year. A global pandemic that has altered every aspect of life, including church life, ever-deepening partisan divides that amount to fundamentalism on…

Are We Bigger Than A Building?

Pastoring in this pandemic has been challenging for me and I have personally been praying that God would give me a real sense of what we call fellowship. What I have come to realize is that I have always thought fellowship and the Church was all about being in a building. I…

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