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Is your phone a net gain or net loss in your life?

I love having a smartphone. I’m old enough to remember the world before cell phones (even the flip phones!), and they make life easier in so many ways. And yet. My phone is also a huge distraction and I can’t …

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Do we need rules for email and texting?

Recently I shared some rules for leadership to help you function when anxiety is high. In addition to these, today I want to recommend you develop some rules for yourself for how you relate to email and texting. These are …

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Rules for leadership

At a recent Leadership in Ministry workshop presentation, Israel Galindo suggested a “top ten rules” list to help you function when anxiety is high.He said “rules” are not high-level principles, but more practical and contextual. When we have some guidelines …

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Pastors, what prayer practice works for you?

  Some kind of prayer practice is essential for pastoral leaders. I firmly believe it, and I have done my best to put it into practice throughout my ministry. This is challenging work, and we need spiritual resources to sustain …

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Things every pastor should know about money

Pastors, what do you know about money? How we relate to money is a deeply spiritual matter and a critical part of ministry. No money, no ministry. Doing God’s work requires resources. Raising and managing money for ministry is holy …

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The one thing every pastor should know about leadership

Here’s one thing I learned about church leadership: It’s not about changing others. This was a hard-won lesson for me, after years of trying to do just that. And it was a relief when I finally learned it. What is …

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Are you addicted to other people’s words?

My daughter has a sweatshirt my mother-in-law gave her. “So many books, so little time.” We might add, “So many blogs, so little time.” In ministry it’s possible to spend what little spare time we have reading other people’s words. …

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Can money be holy?

We have a historically thorny relationship with money in the church. We need it to live and we need it for ministry. And we are little afraid of it. Pastors and lay people can view money as secular. At an …

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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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Why I’m giving up online news for Lent

This year I’m giving up online news for Lent I don’t always give up something. Sometimes I add something on. A couple of years ago I gave away money every day. Last year I wrote a thank you note every …

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