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Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

The Cost of Leadership

September 8, 2014

When people are thrust into a leadership position, they are sometimes surprised by the expectations. Leaders are viewed differently than everyone else. This is evident each time there is a presidential election. The candidates are grilled. Their backgrounds are checked, rechecked, and checked again. Minor missteps are made front page news and dissected on 24 […]

Musings

December 6, 2013

A Story of Faith and Hope For those of you who don’t know, my sister-in-law was born with a rare heart condition and has had multiple surgeries. She and my brother, who live in Oklahoma, have travelled as far as Cleveland, OH to have a surgery on her heart. They have both been an inspiration […]

Rethinking Leadership in Small Congregations

December 3, 2013

Churches of Christ are unique in that every congregation is autonomous. Local churches do not report to an overseeing body. Not only is this an attempt to recapture the church governance of the early church, but it has also worked pretty well. Local churches make the decisions, and one church cannot bind their beliefs or […]

What We Need To Do To Keep Our Ministers

November 27, 2013

Ministers are leaving. They are leaving ministry and some of them are leaving the church all together. Every situation is not the same and there are probably multiple reasons why ministers are choosing to get out. There was a time when I considered getting out of ministry. My primary reasons for considering this move was […]

Why I Left Ministry But Could Not Stay Away

November 26, 2013

I was recently approached by a fellow minister and asked if I would run their story on my blog anonymously. Typically I would refrain from publishing any anonymous post to my blog, but I felt this minister had some good reasons for wanting to stay anonymous. Around this same time two posts were going around […]

Musings

September 28, 2013

A Conversation With Eugene Peterson  Jonathan Merritt recently interviewed Eugene Peterson who will turn 81 in November. Peterson discusses being a minister/pastor, the consumer culture, spiritual theology, and much more. When asked about what someone who desires a “deeper and more authentic discipleship” should do, this is the advice he gives, Go to the nearest […]

Musings

June 21, 2013

Worship Music Maureen Mullarkey has some interesting thoughts on worship music and instruments. Check out Chords and Discord Sermon Length Tim Spivey has a great post this week on how long a minister should preach. He says, Please don’t shorten your sermons for searchers sake. They are searching. That’s why they are there. Don’t shorten […]

5 Ways to Improve Public Prayer

June 19, 2013

Public prayer is a part of every worship service. We pray at the beginning and close of worship and sometimes in the middle. We pray for those who are sick, for safe travel to and fro, and for God to bless what we do in worship. Even though extemporaneous prayer has always been encouraged in […]

Musings

May 24, 2013

Think Before You Speak Shane Alexander does a great job of calling all ministers to think before they speak in the midst of a tragedy. This kind of thing happens all the time. Just this week I was listening to a pastor being interviewed whose church was right next to the elementary school that was […]

7 Helpful Things a Congregation Can Do for Their Minister

May 19, 2013

Believe it or not ministers need help. They need help from their church leaders and they need help from members. I know ministers often get accused of only working one day a week, but in reality they are on call all the time. If someone gets sick or if someone dies often the first person […]

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