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Three ways to connect with your family at Christmas (even if you’re not going home)

Clergy families can find it difficult to connect with extended family at Christmas. We often live far from family, and we WORK Christmas Eve. Sometimes family comes to visit, and we come home after Christmas Eve services just wanting to …

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Your 6-step formula for an awesome Advent

Well, we made it through Thanksgiving, which means…it’s that time of year again. Yes, I’m talking about Advent. A time that can be challenging because along with all the church stuff to do, there are family celebrations to prepare for, …

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Are you ready to never worry about money again?

Right now, are you worried about money? Whether it’s your church’s money or your personal money–the thought of cash coming in and cash going out can be stressful, especially if more is going out than is coming in. Here’s my …

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Are you considering this…BEFORE you post?

Wow. Social media is crazy right now. And it reminds me of one key component that most people are bypassing. Before you spend ANY time (or any more time) on social media, whatever the platform, it’s important to think about …

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Three things I’ve learned from the U.S. presidential election

As you know, the US presidential election has been a wild ride. I know I have readers outside the U.S., and I’d love to hear from you. And for those of us who are in the process of voting, it’s …

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Your family is over your complaining

Do you come home from church and complain? Belly ache about the frustrations of ministry, a difficult church member, or your crazy schedule? Complaining about church is nearly inevitable—however, I recommend you do it as little as possible, especially because…: …

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The #2 reason pastors burn out and how you can avoid it

The last time I wrote to you I outlined the #1 reason pastors burn out: overfunctioning. There’s a second reason pastors burn out, and it’s related to #1. To be honest, I’m not sure which one is first or second. …

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The #1 reason pastors burn out and how you can avoid it

Burnout: the condition of someone who has become very physically and emotionally tired after doing a difficult job for a long time. (Merriam-Webster.com) Can you relate to any of that? Do you ever wonder how much longer you can keep …

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5 things I wish I knew about stewardship 30 years ago

When I started in ministry 30 years ago I knew next to nothing about stewardship. I was anxious, puzzled, and didn’t feel up to the task. So not up to the task that I remember that first year I called …

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What I wish I’d known about ministry 30 years ago

Dear pastors: I’m writing to you from my heart. I was a pastor for 15 years, and I’ve been helping pastors with their ministries for another 15. Yes, that means I’ve had 30 years seeing churches from multiple sides: as …

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