Category Archives: Ministry

What I’ve learned about ministry from my voice teacher

I’ve been taking voice lessons for almost 20 years, 16 of them with the same teacher, Judi Stabler. I’ve learned a lot of lessons from her. Three are particularly relevant to ministry: First, be yourself. Judi is clear with me …

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3 steps to easier preaching

I know what it’s like to preach week after week, year after year. It’s exhilarating–and exhausting. It’s satisfying–and terrifying. It’s fun–and a grind. So as we walk through one of the busiest times in our year, here are three ways …

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The truth about time management

An endless amount has been written about time management. I’ve read a lot of it myself, and written a certain amount, too. I’ve been interested in this topic from the beginning of my ministry. The thing is: There’s a hoax …

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Take a stand at church (and keep your job)

Leadership means you have to say things that not everyone wants to hear. You know this. I know this. Even your board may know this. But a lot of people still resist it. So how is leadership looking in your …

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Service to your community: a new resource

I started reading Meredith Gould’s Deliberate Acts of Kindness while I was waiting at the hairdresser. When she said, “I’m thinking about looking for a place to volunteer,” I said, “Have I got a book for you!” I knew it …

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I want giving to your ministry to be bigger than ever

Do you want to raise more money in your fall campaign? (I hope your  answer is, “Yes.”) Well, there are no guarantees, but I can promise that you are more likely to help your people be more generous if you …

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Posted in Ministry, Money, Stewardship |

Healing Spiritual Wounds: a great resource for pastoral ministry

Do you have people in your congregation who have been wounded by the church? Rev. Carol Howard Merritt, author of Healing Spiritual Wounds, knows the territory of church intimately. She knows both the pain and the gift of it. Merritt …

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Posted in Books, Congregational Life, Ministry, Personal Growth |

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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