Category Archives: Blog

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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What’s a pastor to do when she’s got the flu?

I’ll be honest: this is a tale of personal experience. I’ve been down and out of commission with the flu, or something equally gross and debilitating. (And yes, I got my shot). Instead of feeling completely pitiful, I’ve spent my …

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A Christmas prayer for you

It’s been a pleasure sharing with you my thoughts about church leadership this year–and even more to hear your comments about the places these have resonated and stimulated your thinking. Here’s a lovely prayer for Christmas services, from The Rev. …

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Here’s what positive relationships at church really look like

What do you see in the relationships in your church? When you think about people interacting, what comes to mind? When I ask pastors this, many of them are quick to point out the challenges or frustrations. And I understand. …

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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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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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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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Have you done your ministry planning for fall?

Are you ready for September? I know, some of the organized types started planning for fall this last January. But if the pastors I speak to are representative, you’re not completely ready yet. When I was a pastor, I don’t …

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