Tag Archives: pastoral ministry

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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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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Leading with Creative Courage: A Workshop in Oak Ridge Tennessee (with music)

I’ll be in Oak Ridge, Tennessee February 20-22 for a Leading with Creative Courage workshop, together with my colleague Jake Morrill. (See Jake’s recent guest post on this blog on what he believes about ministry here. The workshop will help …

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Celebrating 25 years of ministry

Today is the 25th anniversary of my ordination. I was ordained at the First Baptist Church of Berkeley, California. My family also gave us a big party that day to celebrate and to say good-bye. Two days later, we left …

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Ten tips for understanding your money story

The way we learned about money from our families affects how we handle money matters at church. Becoming more aware and reflective about our family money story will lead to more choices in how we function in church budget meetings, …

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Ten ways to help your ministry by connecting with family this summer

Ministry leadership depends on relationships, as I said in my last post. We all learn about relationships from the family we grow up in. You may have learned in your family: conflict is inevitable, or to be avoided at all …

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Nine ways to work on connecting with church members in the summertime

Leadership depends on relationships. Summer may be a bit less busy for ministry tasks and meetings. Why not take that time not only to plan for the fall but also to build relationships? Here are ten things to try: Show …

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Six ways to practice listening at church

In my last post, I wrote about six ways to practice defining yourself at church. But listening is equally important. Here are six ways to practice: In any conversation, listen as much as you talk. Don’t argue. Listen. Don’t defend …

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What is enough prayer for church leaders?

In my recent (fabulous) interview with Ed Bacon, he talked about his hour of quiet time first thing every morning. I must admit my first thought was, “Oh, no! I’m not praying enough.” I spend about 5-10 minutes in quiet …

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A life-changing workshop in Portland

Falling Awake: Creating the Life of Your Dreams is one of the most significant workshops I’ve ever attended (and I’ve been to many). Dave Ellis, the leader of that workshop, is coming back to Portland, Oregon, July 20-22. He has …

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