7 Ways to Encourage Those Who Hear the Call

7 Ways to Encourage Those Who Hear the Call

While editing the recently published book, Call Stories, I had the privilege of reading dozens of unique testimonies of women and men God had called to pastoral ministry.These stories prompted me to revisit my own call experience at the early age of 16. I am grateful...
Cultivating a Culture of Call

Cultivating a Culture of Call

Nearly all observers of the 21st century church in America agree that the next generation of leadership is a cause for concern. Many write, blog, tweet and generally lament the state of leadership cultivation and training, or lack thereof. Far too many congregations...
Are You a Shepherd or a Wise Man?

Are You a Shepherd or a Wise Man?

When I talk to people about calling, sometimes I like to start by asking them if their call stories are more like the shepherds or the wise men.  Often, as folks look back over their own faith journeys, the answer is, “Both.” The Christmas story is a good reminder...
The Flip Side of the Bivocational Coin

The Flip Side of the Bivocational Coin

The treasurer reported that everything looked good. Giving was slightly exceeding our budgeted needs and financial obligations. Immediately, there were smiles all around the room. Everyone relaxed, happy to know that we didn’t have to worry and stress about our...