What I’ve Learned During 20+ Years of Support Ministry

I had been in support ministry for 20+ years when I finally realized that I had grown to love what I was doing. What had started out as a good part-time job while raising young children turned out to be my calling. Here are 11 lessons that I have learned…

The Value of Ministry In Small Places

I have heard from many small church pastors that they feel forgotten and overlooked. My own journey has given me the opportunity to be a part of several small church ministries.I have had the unique opportunity to shepherd a small church that grew and planted several other Free Churches and…

You Only Have Three and Three

From the time someone checks out a church on its website, puts the address into their GPS, and makes the  trek to attend that church for the first time, a lot of anticipation has been built. Perhaps they are church surfing. Perhaps they have been burned by a previous church.…

What I Learned About Communication While Working In Law Enforcement

While conducting a homicide investigation where a Hispanic female was stabbed to death, I brought in her husband for questioning. I had him sit inside an interview room equipped with video recording cameras and advised him of his Miranda rights. After alerting him to the cameras, I stepped out of…

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…

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