Appreciate your pastor

October is recognized worldwide as Pastor Appreciation Month. Some will remember Focus on the Family in the 1990s encouraging churches to show appreciation to their pastors and staff — but to do so especially during the month of October. Since that time churches have found unique ways to honor their pastor and staff. Why shouldContinue reading “Appreciate your pastor”

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”

What to do when you feel empty

Every pastor I know considers it an honor to preach God’s word to God’s people and to those who are not yet His people. Every pastor also knows that preaching involves much more than the Sunday morning delivery of a message. There is a great deal of preparation that goes into preaching. Many hours ofContinue reading “What to do when you feel empty”

Happy in the Lord

What is your mood first thing in the morning? I had a boss, Mr. Ben Cates, who woke up with bounding energy each day with fresh ideas about how he could improve his business. He would occasionally call me at 5:00 a.m. to share some of those ideas. I do not awake with the sameContinue reading “Happy in the Lord”