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4 Ways to Make an Email Newsletter Count

Communication is a vital part of life, especially for those in leadership of an organization and its vision. Every leader struggles with communicating effectively, whether it be an email, a seminar, or a sermon or speech. While there are many tools that we could explore, lets address the church newsletter.…

How To Grow Your Audience When No One Is Paying Attention

I don’t know how to say this… Most people don’t even know you exist. As a church, this presents a problem if you are actually trying to reach people in your community. The problem isn’t that you’re doing ministry wrong. It’s not because we live in a post-christian world. The…

The Two Best Tools For Effective Pastoral Leadership

  We’re all looking for shortcuts, secrets, and time-tested ways to accomplish what’s important. Having been in local church ministry for decades, I’ve come to learn that two of the most effective tools have been right next to me all along. I’m talking about my ears.  Pastoral ministry often elevates…

Whose Kingdom Is It Anyway? 3 Warning Signs You Are Building Your Own Kingdom.

I wish I could believe that every congregation throughout the world had nothing in mind but building the Kingdom of God. I wish that was the first thing on every pastor’s mind. But the truth is, building your own kingdom is tantalizing and sometimes feels more rewarding, at least for…

5 Questions To Consider Before Your Next Mission Trip

It’s that time of year when many student ministry leaders are making critical decisions about how they will leverage summer trips and where they will take students. Endless flyers, mailings, emails and social media blasts try to grab our attention. It’s hard to make sense of it all and choose…

3 Practical Ways The Church Can Support Foster and Adoptive Parents

I will never forget May 4, 2018. May 4th is the day I became a mom. But it’s not my child’s birthday. On May 3, I wasn’t in labor or packing a hospital bag – I wasn’t actually even pregnant at all. And I fell asleep that night having no…

An Amillennial Ordination in the EFCA

The week I completed my ordination was a week like no other I’ve had in ministry. On Saturday I officiated a wedding. On Sunday I launched our church sermon series in the book of Acts. On Monday I crammed for my oral ordination exam by reading over my paper and…

How To Build A Legacy Of Love

Legacy. A word that we as ministry leaders ponder at times. We ask ourselves things like, “Is what I’m doing making a difference? Does all of this time and energy focused on ministry matter? Will my life’s efforts and sacrifices have eternal value?” I think the questions we should be…

Why I Think You Shouldn’t Quit

  Perhaps you’ve seen it before. A person in a military uniform at the airport. Wheelchair, maimed, missing a limb or an eye.  Most people don’t know what to do or how to engage till some brave soul starts clapping. Others join in and, at least for a moment, magic…

Remembering To Watch The Time

As a pastor for over 23 years, and having the privilege to serve in ministry for close to 30 years now, it seems as though time has escaped me. Yet, the Apostle Paul admonishes me in the book of Ephesians to make the most of my time. I must admit…

When Life Isn’t A Straight Line

Imagine a gigantic timeline. It starts with a plot point on the left and stretches out for miles to the right, only to end with an arrow that indicates an end of sorts, but really no end, as this timeline goes on for eternity. Not hard to imagine, right? Now,…

7 Ways To Discourage and Demoralize Your Staff and Volunteers

*The following is meant to be tongue-in-cheek* When I first started as a youth pastor, the ministry was small and I was solely responsible for every aspect of the program. The first thing I did was recruit some good volunteers and tell them what to do. Our small team did…

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