Category Archives: Spiritual life

Five ways to pray (in 5 minutes or less)

It’s true. Nothing will help support your ministry like prayer. So let’s get to some prayer ideas to try for Lent: Pray through your calendar. As you review your schedule do it prayerfuly. Do this monthly, daily, and weekly as …

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Pastors, are you paying attention in your ministry?

Are you paying attention in your ministry: to what you are doing, not what you need to do next? To the person you are talking to, not who you need to see next? Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat say, “All …

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5 ways for church leaders to play around with prayer

Church leaders need time for play. I hope you’re getting some play time this summer. Not just during vacation, but also time week by week. And why not play with your prayer life while you’re at it? Our ability to …

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How to Pray for Your Own Spiritual Leadership in Five Minutes

Do you think you pray enough? I’ve met a few clergy who do, but most say, “I should pray more…” Here are four thoughts on prayer for clergy: 1) Prayer is crucial to sustain spiritual leadership. 2) Praying out of …

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The secret of New Year’s celebration for church leaders

Here’s a simple secret to celebrating the end of 2014 and 2015: just do it. You don’t have to throw a party or even attend one to celebrate tonight and tomorrow. Simply follow this easy process: For introverts: sit down …

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How to give thanks for your church (even if you are worn out, burned out or cranky)

Have you had a challenging year at church? Every church goes through ups and downs (and some churches seem to have a challenging year every year). One pastor, after surviving the recession unscathed, is facing a pay cut next year. …

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Saying yes and no as spiritual practice

In my last post, I suggested that feeling guilty about saying no doesn’t mean you should say yes. When should you say yes, and when should you say no? Most ministers and key church leaders grew up in a responsible …

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Five ways to make work a spiritual practice

I last wrote about doing nothing as spiritual practice.  Work can also be a spiritual practice. It requires responding not reacting, and making decisions about what is important rather than being distracted by a shiny new Internet object. Spiritual practice …

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Doing nothing as spiritual practice: three things to consider

Can you do nothing? That may seem like a crazy question to ask on September 3, when Labor Day was early. You may feel like you are running to catch up already, that the summer was (literally) too short this …

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