As a pastor, you need to learn how to refuel your life in mid-flight. You can’t just hop off to a tropical island every time you get tired and discouraged. You have to keep going. You have to learn how to recharge yourself in the middle of your hectic lifestyle.
The challenge is that culture is changing so rapidly, fewer and fewer people are hearing the message every year. At least that’s the case in many, if not most, churches.
In a lot of churches, deacons get a bad rap. I understand that. But I'd propose that a deacon can and should be among the pastor's best friends and confidants.
What Christians know about Jesus and the gospel he espoused is found in the Bible. But can we be sure the Bible contains Christ’s true message? Are there errors in the Bible?
“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.