This is an encouragement to those who are limping in leadership. I entered ministry after a long career in the business world. I had significant life and leadership experience, but honestly, some of it was learned through tremendously painful experiences. Not only did I not have the pedigree of most pastors, it was actually following a sizable business losswhere we were forced to sell our business and basically start over financiallywhen God called me into ministry.
My ninth year as Director of Premarital Ministry was my best year ever. Our ministry grew like crazy. We were having a impact in both our church and in the community. Then came my tenth year in ministry. Our leadership team gave me the opportunity to increase my...
There are at least seven things in leadership there will never be enough time for unless, of course, you make it. And smart leaders do. My guess is that whenever you read this, youre already feeling pinched for time and a bit overwhelmed. Welcome to leadership. Welcome to life.
When I first got hired at my church to help married couples, I was a little overwhelmed. There are a lot smarter people than me, a lot more skilled individuals who could be occupying my office right now. The thing is, God brought me here. That means I’m responsible to do the best I can with the resources I have.
Over the past twelve years, I’ve served on staff at three different churches. More times than I can count, I have said the words, “If I only had more ____________, I would be able to make a greater impact in my area of ministry.” Every time I made that statement I really believed that was the answer to my struggles.
Marriage is a great bridge from the world into the church. Because you don’t have to love Jesus to want your marriage to work.
As a leader, one of the hardest things to do is to lead people through the process of change. The reality is that change is happening around us all the time. If we don’t change, we’ll be left behind.
Change is a function of growth. Things cannot grow unless they change. The paradigm that exists with all change as it relates to people is that the person must decide to change before they will.
Search Google for time management tips and youll see 365 million possibilities. No matter the vocation, finding ways of doing good with our lives while we do good with our hands is something we all long for. I’m still learning, but there are a few things I’ve discovered along the way on keeping work at work.
Large Group Experiences can be time and labor intensive. However, I know that Large Group Experiences produces a dynamic that make the time and effort worth it, especially if they are intentionally designed.
So youre planning something awesome for the couples in your church. You wanted to do something that will make a great memory, seriously invest into marriages and get wide-eyed husbands off the proverbial hook. Now you’re days away from making it happen.
When I started marriage ministry in the local church in 2001, I felt alone. As I looked across the country, I saw very few churches that had a holistic approach to marriage, or any approach for that matter. I am are very encouraged with the number of churches leaders who are going after it. Some have a plan, others are asking, How do I get started? For the latter group, this post is for you.
As leaders in the church, we are to constantly be giving away the most basic thing that we possess: our leadership platform. When a leader encourages and equips their volunteer team to lead in their place, amazing things can happen.
Marriages touched by infertility are also found throughout our churches. One out of every eight married couples struggles with unwanted childlessness. How do you minister to those who are hurting and sometimes overlooked?
Sabbath is a hard word for some pastors. Many pastors struggle in this area. In fact, many pastors I know who would teach their church to observe the Sabbath, seldom do so personally. This fact alone is one of the leading causes of pastoral burnout.
As a church leader, staff member or volunteer leader, there are some essentials we can use to fill our pastoral tool boxes, tools that will last. The following are four great tools to keep handy when we talk with couples who are stuck or struggling.