Let It Go

Let It Go

I wonder how many of you suffer from the same disorder that afflicts me: I just cannot keep my mouth shut. But sometimes that is exactly what I need to do, especially when it comes to... Read More »
Pastor When They Want You Too

Pastor When They Want You Too

Recently, I had to come to grips with the fact that I am not my extended family’s pastor. I have to admit I laughed out loud when I read Bill’s article for this week. My favorite... Read More »
Pastoring Your Extended Family

Pastoring Your Extended Family

Pastor, sometimes your extended family needs to know that they are just as important to you as your church or ministry. I used to get very frustrated when my family did not seem to... Read More »
Care For Those You Love Most

Care For Those You Love Most

My family really loves me. They are interested in and care about my ministry. They sympathize when things are going poorly, and they rejoice with me over victories. They are invested... Read More »
The Pastor’s Extended Family

The Pastor’s Extended Family

In my 20+ years of pastoral ministry, I was blessed to have seasons of ministry in which members of my extended family were part of my congregations. This is a rich privilege, but not... Read More »
Pray and Invest Like Crazy

Pray and Invest Like Crazy

We have a ritual in our house. At about 8:00 or 8:30 p.m., we begin a nightly ritual. It involves teeth brushing, showering, pajama donning, and general bedtime preparation, which... Read More »
Be There!

Be There!

My mom and dad came up recently for a visit. We had a blast. We went out to the beach and enjoyed the water and played in the sand. We ate pizza and watched football. The girls went... Read More »
Let Them Know That They Matter

Let Them Know That They Matter

Last week I sat down with my good friend and mentor Roy Clark to chat about ministry. As we talked, the subject matter of this week’s blog topics came up. As we chatted, I confided... Read More »
The Pastor’s Children

The Pastor’s Children

Perhaps no one pays a greater price than children when they have a parent involved in local church ministry. Little ones are not capable of processing the demands and/or constraints of... Read More »
Need-to-Know Basis

Need-to-Know Basis

One of the things Bill mentioned in his article this week is that he and Marlene decided not to talk about everything that went on at their church. While they relentlessly worked at... Read More »
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