Articles for Pastors

The Drug Dealer of Choice for Anxious Pastors

The Drug Dealer of Choice for Anxious Pastors

"We’d like relief from the symptoms, but not to be led through the pain of being touched and transformed by Holy Love at the point of our deepest wounds."
The Roller Coaster Effect of Ministry

The Roller Coaster Effect of Ministry

"Here is one of the most extreme ups and downs that we discover in the Scriptures. One minute Paul is getting stoned; the next minute, God is using him to make new disciples."
3 Starting Points To Grow Prayer In Your Church

3 Starting Points to Grow Prayer in Your Church

As leaders—pastors, elders, small group leaders, prayer leaders—we need to challenge people to pray.
10 Roadblocks to Church Revitalization

10 Roadblocks to Church Revitalization

Please pause for a moment. Please prayerfully consider the words you are about to read.
What Is a Pastor to Do When a Church Kicks Him Out?

What Is a Pastor to Do When a Church Kicks Him Out?

When a fired preacher walks away bitter, that does concern me.
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Becoming Better Missionaries to LGBT+ People (what I’ve learned after 11 years of ministry)

By shifting from a teacher-teller to a listener-learner posture, our ministry has learned from nearly 4,000 LGBT+ people what it is like to grow up gay or transgender.
10 Things Pastors Should Be Cautious About Saying

10 Things Pastors Should Be Cautious About Saying

“It’ll never happen to me.” “It” is a moral failure, and I’ve never met a fallen pastor who expected it to happen. Assuming it won’t happen is a first step toward disaster.
Why Go to Seminary? Here’s Ten Reasons

Why Go to Seminary? Here Are Ten Reasons

"When you are done with seminary you will be someone else."
There Is Nothing Ordinary About Ordinary Time

There Is Nothing Ordinary About Ordinary Time

The church across the world has now been through Advent, Lent, Easter and Pentecost... But alas, the calendar changes once more: We enter into ordinary time.
Is It Okay to Give My Time Instead of My Money?

Is It Okay to Give My Time Instead of My Money?

Would it be okay to replace the tithe with service to your church instead?
6 Ways to Know If You've Been Called By God

6 Ways to Know If You’ve Been Called By God

None of us are second-class believers.
Why Every Young Pastor Needs an Old Mentor

Why Every Young Pastor Needs an Old Mentor

Every young pastor needs an old mentor. I know that’s not a new thought. I press the point because it’s hard to overstate the value of wisdom from someone 50 years older than you.
If I Have Enough Faith, Will God Heal Me?

If I Have Enough Faith, Will God Heal Me?

"When I was first diagnosed, I and others did ask God to heal me. After a while, when God chose not to answer our prayers that way, I stopped asking."
7 Smart Moves for New Church Staff

7 Smart Moves for New Church Staff

Everyone wants to do well in their new job; here are seven key actions to help you be successful.
The Beautiful Music of United Prayer

The Beautiful Music of United Prayer

The Holy Spirit wants to orchestrate a beautiful rendition of heart-felt, united, passionate and God-glorifying prayer.
How to Preach Well According to Martin Luther

How to Preach Well According to Martin Luther

Luther elevated the sermon to the central position of the worship service, and began the Reformation’s emphasis on the centrality of the sermon.
How to Have a Ministry of Building People

How to Have a Ministry of Building People

Challenge your members to live beyond themselves and to discover their strengths and abilities.
How to Become a Better Reader

How to Become a Better Reader

"One of the most frequent questions I get is how to keep up with culture. My stock answer is to read voraciously. Then the follow-up comes: How can I become a better reader?"
5 Honest Struggles Most Church Leaders Don’t Want To Admit

5 Honest Struggles Most Church Leaders Don’t Want to Admit

"The good news is that struggling with God is normal. You are not alone."
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