Category Archives: Ministry

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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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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The 10 smartest things you can do to improve communication at church

Church communication is necessary, and difficult. Improving communication is like painting the Golden Gate Bridge. You always have to work on it. So with that in mind, I created 10 ways to keep your communication humming. Take a look at …

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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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When Are You Taking Time Off–Completely?

Today I want to ask you an important question: When was the last time you were completely out of touch? It’s becoming rarer in our culture. A friend spent time in a cabin in the woods where she’s been going …

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Now Enrolling: Leaders Who Last

Dear pastor, There comes a time in every minister’s life when he or she has to say, “Enough is enough.” And that’s the day when you decide to change your life for the better by committing to sustainable ministry. I …

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Six Ways to Practice Listening at Church

So much of your time is spent planning, crafting, and speaking. Yet one of the most important practices that I guarantee will build your leadership is listening. It’s an essential part of pastoral care AND it can enhance your leadership …

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3 Mistakes That Slow Down Your Ministry Productivity

We’ve been talking about a lot of pressing issues in ministry, and I’m excited to take a breath and dive into today’s topic: Productivity. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the burden of ministry:  the constant feeling of responsibility and …

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What to do when there’s not enough money at church

When a congregation doesn’t have enough money, anxiety goes up. Then the church looks for solutions, usually to their pastor first. And when a pastor is uncomfortable talking about money, everyone is thrown off and is challenged. If the church’s …

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Are you feeling overwhelmed this Holy Week?

How is Holy Week going for you so far? It’s easy to wear yourself out in the run-up to Easter. I talked with a pastor last week from a tradition that has services every night of Holy Week. He said …

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