"Ministry is hard. Isolation makes it harder."
"The highest compliment a pastor can give is for them to be the one he calls on first."
When a spouse is defensive or secretive about his/her phone, it’s usually a symptom of some kind of unhealthy behavior.
Here are some practical benefits of practicing silence and solitude and tips for building it into your life.
Don’t get me wrong; most people in the church are friendly. Most people treat pastors with respect. But it can be hard to find friends among those you’re charged to shepherd.
"We are more interested in giving people a spiritual buzz than teaching them what true worship is."
"The first step in being a great pastor is to walk with God."
"A popular saying in today’s urban dictionary is “Game recognizes game.”
More church leaders are emphasizing prayer. The perfunctory prayer meeting is being replaced with new forms of passionate and concerted prayer.
"Here’s the bottom-line: The church is the most important organization on the planet."
"Much of what a leader does can seem unproductive at times—and that is a good thing."
I’m at that point in my ministry where I feel like I’d rather cut grass for a living than serve Christ as a preacher of His gospel. That’s just not healthy. But that’s where I am.
"Regardless of the church size, we need to constantly consider how people are plugging into our ministry."
"Copy-cat leaders do little more than mimic someone else’s leadership style."
It’s probably true that the most difficult person I lead is me.
Do purely "platonic" friendships between women and men exist? Or are they like Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy?
"Every member of a church is a minister."
"It’s our responsibility as leaders to encourage people to become part of a Kingdom-sized vision within current culture."
I’ve found that as I’ve grown as a leader, I’ve regularly had to change how I think, how I lead and even what I say.
"People should not leave the sermon having learned more about the preacher than Christ."