When a fired preacher walks away bitter, that does concern me.
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.
“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.
"When you are done with seminary you will be someone else."
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.
Would it be okay to replace the tithe with service to your church instead?
None of us are second-class believers.
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.
"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."
Everyone wants to do well in their new job; here are seven key actions to help you be successful.
The Holy Spirit wants to orchestrate a beautiful rendition of heart-felt, united, passionate and God-glorifying prayer.
Luther elevated the sermon to the central position of the worship service, and began the Reformation’s emphasis on the centrality of the sermon.
Challenge your members to live beyond themselves and to discover their strengths and abilities.
"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?"
"The good news is that struggling with God is normal. You are not alone."
Rather than placing impossible demands upon vulnerable people from a comfortable distance, we need to become better missionaries.
"I wish it could be said of us that we wasted neither an hour of our time, nor an hour of other people’s time."
"I'm not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the way, I became the old guy on our church staff."
"When someone needs approval from others, the person is willing to sacrifice conviction and do anything to earn that approval."
It does little good to use membership as a metric in most studies of large numbers of churches.