What Is There to do the Day After Christmas?

I can imagine the “wonder” going on in Bethlehem shortly after the birth of Christ. There was great wonder in the naming of this baby. Jesus, which means “salvation of God”, was not something someone like Joseph and Mary typically would have named their son. Talk about high hopes for your children! […] Continue Reading…

10 Life Lessons and Reminders from “It’s a Wonderful Life”

“It’s a Wonderful Life” has to be one of my all-time favorite movies. I have probably seen it thirty times or more.

I read recently, the movie was not a success the first few years after it’s release. No one could sit through the hard part to get to […] Continue Reading…

5 Do’s and Don’ts to Help Pastors and Ministers at Christmas and in the New Year

One of my goals in ministry is to help protect the minister and his or her family. Through this blog I reach hundreds of men and women who serve God in a vocational role. My heart is heavy when I hear from those who are drowning with burnout and whose family is suffering. Having been on both sides of the pulpit, as a pastor and a layperson, I have a unique view of the pastorate. I previously wrote THIS POST and THIS POST about the issue.

With the Christmas season upon us, I thought I’d share a few things you can do and a few things not to do for your pastor or minister to encourage them this year. The reality is that the December calendar will be packed with Sunday school and small group socials, Christmas parties, and holiday open houses. People in ministry have accepted a call of God to care for people. Most ministers have a hard time saying no to people and can easily become overwhelmed with the never-ending demands of ministry. That’s especially true this month. If a minister is not careful, he or she will spend so much time with others that their own family will feel neglected.

With that in mind, here are a few suggestions: […] Continue Reading…

7 Ways Satan Tries to Destroy a Church

Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 1 Peter 5:8

I’m not a pastor who is constantly looking for Satan behind everything which goes wrong. I concentrate my attention on Jesus and encouraging others to follow […] Continue Reading…

7 Common Ways Leaders Waste Time and Energy

Wasting time and energy may be one of my biggest pet peeves as a leader. Some days I leave work and feel I never got off a treadmill. It’s physically and mentally draining.

Does it ever happen to you?

It can be frustrating to feel your most valuable commodity – time […] Continue Reading…

7 Secrets to Being a High Achiever

I get asked frequently how I am able to get so much done and still take care of myself and my family. 

I pastor a large church. I maintain a separate non-profit ministry, where I speak at various conferences and events. I have an active online presence. I mentor about […] Continue Reading…

10 Things I Have Learned Leading Church Change

I left the church planting world to help revitalize and grow an established church. It’s proven to be challenging – maybe slightly more than I thought it would be.

But, God has allowed us to experience incredible energy and excitement. I am not big on sharing numbers in this […] Continue Reading…

5 Suggestions to Attract Young People to Church

I have never met a church which didn’t want to reach young people. Every church sees the value in younger people becoming a an active part of the church. They know the future life of the church depends upon it.

The problem is often the church doesn’t act like what […] Continue Reading…