The value of a good name

On a recent hot July day, a pastor and I went into his community to knock on doors and share the Gospel. We visited several homes, had engaging conversations, and shared the good news of Jesus with residents of nearly half the homes we visited. One of the highlights of the day happened at aContinue reading “The value of a good name”

5 Ways to Celebrate Baptism

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are abuzz with pictures of Kentucky Baptist Pastors baptizing new believers in Christ. Just this past week I saw snapshots—some on social media and others provided by friends—of a lady in Hopkinsville robed up, standing next to her pastor, and ready to enter the baptistry. I also saw a man inContinue reading “5 Ways to Celebrate Baptism”

5 Reasons to Use Your Vacation Time

Just picture it: five days of watching your kids build sandcastles or chase crabs on the beach, exploring new parts of God’s creation, not having to clean up dishes, and falling in love with your spouse in a new and fresh way. Vacations can facilitate all these blessings and more! Depending on how long oneContinue reading “5 Reasons to Use Your Vacation Time”

Sharpening your axe

Ecclesiastes 10:10 says, “If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.” Do you find yourself working harder and harder in leadership with little increase in effectiveness? Many ministry leaders around Kentucky work diligently each week to further the gospelContinue reading “Sharpening your axe”

Using your liberty

Recently a group of Kentucky Baptist Pastors and church leaders gathered on the steps of the Capitol in Frankfort to thank God for, and pray for, religious liberty. The group traveled from various parts of the state because they believed their prayers could make a difference. Pastor Steve Hussung from Rich Pond Baptist in BowlingContinue reading “Using your liberty”

Leading with leaders

It has been aptly said that leading leaders is like herding cats. The imagery indicates that each cat has a mind of his or her own and a plan for what they will and will not do. Cats are rarely compliant or cooperative. Trying to lead a group of leaders does have similarities to organizingContinue reading “Leading with leaders”

Those Who Undermine

Over coffee recently, a friend brought up the topic of those who undermine the work of leaders and the churches or organizations they lead. Previously, I had not given much thought to these individuals as a distinct category, though I had certainly met people who seemed to stand in the way of the progress ofContinue reading “Those Who Undermine”

Evangelism just happens

Contrary to popular belief, evangelism doesn’t “just happen” in church life. It requires intentionality, effort, and practice. Many of us have heard the contemporary mindset that says, “Get the church or ministry healthy and evangelism will follow.” In other words, instead of trying to motivate Christians to share the good news, let’s focus instead onContinue reading “Evangelism just happens”

Shaped by suffering

Those who have been in Christian ministry leadership for any length of time have learned an important lesson: pain has a purpose. Pastors and ministry leaders know that God saves us, shapes us, sets us in an assigned ministry, sustains us in the work, and then secures us safely home. We also know that partContinue reading “Shaped by suffering”

It only takes one

Some have heard the maxim that pastors of mid-size churches leave over the opposition of fewer than seven people. In other words, a church of 500 active members could lose their pastor because of a handful of vocal and dissatisfied church members. There is another number that needs to be considered—the number one. Sometimes itContinue reading “It only takes one”