Your Words Matter

Like most people, you probably think what you say on Sunday morning doesn’t make much of a difference. You aren’t the preacher. You don’t lead worship. So, what difference do your words make? If you are like most, you probably think your words matter very little. But...

How to Stay Encouraged in Ministry

How much does it take to discourage you? How do you stay encouraged? If you don’t have a proven practice to stay encouraged in ministry your leadership will have all the ups and downs of a roller coaster. Aside from burnout there is the daily grind that wears on a...

Pastor Sabbatical: Why You Need It

If you’ve been in the ministry for five years or more, you’ve felt it. Weariness and depression settle in slowly like a cold, dark cloud until the light of vision is gone. Like a drowning victim, you rise to catch a breath and fight on, but in time, you go under...

A Pastor’s Guide to Delegation

I woke up early this morning, had my quiet time, and began working on my own ministry. I was quickly reminded why leaders must become proficient at the skill of delegating. I have more vision than I have capacity, and so do you. I think life and ministry are like this...

Pastor Burnout: Don’t Let it Happen to You

Pastor Burnout: It happened subtly; like a frog in a kettle, I didn’t know I was headed to disaster until it was too late. I didn’t see it coming, but I knew when it had happened. The church I led had plateaued and I was working my tail off to get it growing. Before I...

HUNGRY Leaders

Hungry leaders want their churches to grow. Few things cause us more pain and sleeplessness than a church that is stuck. Solomon told us, “A growing population is a king’s glory; a prince without subjects has nothing.” Translated: it feels good to have a growing...

Fire a Staff Member?

Another sleepless night. You couldn’t stop the questions: Do I possibly have to ask John to resign? How will he provide for his family? How many people will leave the church if John leaves? How long will it take to find the right replacement if he goes? Is there...