How Much Is Enough?

How Much Is Enough?

Each story below is true. The names of the churches and ministers have been changed to avoid embarrassment. Ryan was coming out of seminary back in the 1980s. He had interviewed with Cornerstone Church to be the Assistant Pastor. When asked by the pastor what he...
The tired arms of ministers

The tired arms of ministers

A friend recently shared with me a daily devotion that pointed out the story in Exodus 17 regarding Moses’ arms. Remember? As long as Moses held his staff with his arms aloft, the Israelites prevailed in their battle with the Amalakes. When he grew weary, Aaron and...
Pastoral Care: Ministering to the pastor

Pastoral Care: Ministering to the pastor

Have you ever been in a church whose pastor resigned to leave the ministry? It’s an unsettling proposition for all involved. Yet, too often, it is the congregation itself that bears the blame. The Schaeffer Institute, in a study of American clergy, has written that...
Staffing for Survival

Staffing for Survival

What is the most important staff position at your church? Of course, as a former pastor, I must declare that we cannot function without a pastor. But then what would we do without a music/worship leader? We cannot live without leadership for children or youth can we?...
Too Busy NOT to Stop

Too Busy NOT to Stop

Over 20 years ago, Bill Hybels wrote a terrific book, Too Busy NOT to Pray.  In it he challenged our passive willingness to allow busyness to muscle out time for prayer in our daily schedules.  Most of us know intuitively what we fail to practice in real time – that...