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Have a blessed time of preparation for Easter

As you approach these last days of Holy Week and prepare for the celebration of Easter in your community, please know you are in my prayers. Here’s a blessing designed to offer at the end of the Easter service. I …

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Who’s supporting you?

Are you ready? This year is coming at us, seemingly faster than most. It feels like everyone is on overdrive and there’s this consistent push to react and reply. So how do we, as ministry leaders, turn away from that …

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When money brought me to my knees

I love having you in my community of leaders. And frequently when I write to you, I think about the challenges of ministry, identify a topic, and come up with a series of action steps to remedy or support it. …

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How do you stack up?

Every year for the past five years, I’ve intentionally carved out time to do a self-evaluation. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. It’s provided a framework for me to address my internal criticisms and honestly acknowledge my …

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Do you interrupt yourself?

Grrrr…interruptions are the bane of pastoral ministry. It can be hard to get anything done when a church member pops into your office or sends an urgent text message, or a staff member says, “I just need five minutes of …

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What are you reading?

I’m curious…what do you read? Aside from articles on your phone and the occasional magazine in a waiting room, what do you pick and spend some time reading? In addition to the Bible, I’ve read plenty of wonderful ministry books …

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Five ways to pray (in 5 minutes or less)

It’s true. Nothing will help support your ministry like prayer. So let’s get to some prayer ideas to try for Lent: Pray through your calendar. As you review your schedule do it prayerfuly. Do this monthly, daily, and weekly as …

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Let’s make church finance team meetings easier

Do you dread meetings of your church finance team or committee? If so, you’re not alone. I often hear: “I feel SO uncomfortable dealing with money matters. It’s outside my comfort zone” “I get frustrated with the bottom-line mentality of …

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Why some pastors are better leaders than others

It’s no secret: some pastors do better than others. They enjoy ministry more, their churches seem to thrive, whatever their size. So what does it take? Here’s my take on the four basic principles pastors can utilize to step up …

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Six ways to get more attention for your ministry’s message

Today we live in a world inundated with messages and people clamouring for your attention. What can you do to cut through the noise? Especially when you are trying to communicate with your congregation and the wider community. One of …

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