The church as a source of conflict

The church as a source of conflict

I was 22 years old. It was my first day as the new pastor of youth, education, and music, and this was my first pastoral staff meeting ever. I had no idea what to expect. I came to the... Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Protecting Time

Protecting Time

Protecting your family time is important. Here are some thoughts. Schedule an immovable weekly date time with your spouse. Keep it so regular that it would take an act of Congress to... Read More »
The Pastor’s Family

The Pastor’s Family

Much has been written about the fishbowl life of a pastor’s family, and much has been lamented about the perils and pressures that accompany life in the ministry. Admittedly, the... Read More »
Mentoring Your Family

Mentoring Your Family

In the early days of my ministry, I failed to be a proper mentor to my family. I got into the habit of bringing home a briefcase full of work every evening. My wife and sons would be... Read More »
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