Category Archives: Ministry

You vs. your email

Writer/director Nora Ephron once wrote that people used to say it was much simpler to return twenty emails than ten telephone calls. She went on, “Executives now return hundreds of e-mails every day, and life is not remotely simpler. They …

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Six untruths pastors like to tell themselves about relationships

If you’re a pastor, you probably spend a lot of time connecting with people in your church. That’s good. Relationships are essential to leadership. However, I think pastors sometimes believe things about relating to others that simply aren’t true. You …

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Pastors, what do you do if they don’t want to follow you?

Today, I am writing you a long letter. Usually I try to keep things concise because I know how busy you are, but here’s the thing–this challenge is one of the biggest that leaders face. It’s one almost all of …

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Did you do this life hack this morning?

Here’s one of my best tips for getting more done in ministry. I’m wondering if you did it this morning. Plan your day . . . before you check your email. If you did that this morning, awesome. And if …

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Are you proud of your ministry?

Whether the launching of a new outreach ministry, dedication of a new building, or simply the completion of a particularly successfully program year, you might feel proud of yourself and your people. You did something together! Your heart swells as …

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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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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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