“And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness."
I thank God for pastors. They are often criticized, second-guessed, underpaid and expected to do too many things. Pastors would be perfect if they were simply omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent.
As a pastor for 10 years, I’ve performed my share of weddings, and I still get a bit nervous. So if you’ve never done it before, it’s incredibly intimidating.
When you look at the scene of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, he does not appear to be going to his death with the courage that we might have expected. In fact, he appears weak—almost scared.
If you grew up Christian in America, you grew up watching VeggieTales. This is the remix you need to see.
The truth is, your pastoral leadership is closely tied to your personal health. And your personal health is directly impacted by how well you plan, prioritize and stick to your schedule.
The key to a good sermon is careful planning. Here's how to write a sermon plan for an entire year.
Sadly, through the years we have reduced disciplemaking to decisions, baptisms or converts. Even church leaders get confused with the mission.
How can you tell if you’re drifting? Here's a list of early warning signs.
There is a place for effort, but it never earns anything and must never take the place of God with us.
I had not set out to be a seminary professor. In fact, I didn’t think seminary was a place for a woman…
Church members are called to honor, love and respect their elders. They should also hold them accountable.
Some days are always better than others, but learning how to deal with the highs and lows is a major key in sustaining yourself for ministry long-term.
Pastors and other church leaders are often hesitant to deal with toxicity in the church. I get it. It’s just more conflict, confrontation and possible loss of members.
Sex outside of marriage is a way of receiving fulfillment and pleasure but not actually a giving of oneself.
Pastors aren't perfect but just about all wish they were better equipped.
Even if you don’t really mean anything by them, these statements undermine your effectiveness as a leader.
The Bible, however, looks at zeal not so much as an emotion, but as an expression of faith. You become zealous because you have come to know God.
Revelation falls under the genre of Apocalypse, which is a type of Jewish literature that contains symbolic visions which reveal a “heavenly perspective on history in light of its final outcome."
While some may put pastors on pedestals, they struggle with sin just like anyone else.