Ministry in the Meantime and Mean Time

Ministry in the Meantime and Mean Time

Ministry happens in the meantime and in the mean time. The meantime is a season of sometimes bewildering change and troubling transitions. It’s an interval between a past we know well and a future which isn’t yet clear and between a familiar way of doing things and an...
A Pastor’s Prayer for Pastors

A Pastor’s Prayer for Pastors

Gracious and Loving God, Today I come to you as a pastor praying for pastors.  I pray for all men and women from every walk of faith who are called into this peculiar and rewarding vocation of encouraging and equipping others for their journey. First, I pray for...
When Being Smart isn’t Enough

When Being Smart isn’t Enough

Work smarter.  Whenever we feel the pressure of too many responsibilities and not enough time, someone reminds us to work smarter.  Soon we get the impression that being smart is the key to effectiveness in most areas of life. We believe the smartest people always...
Ministry in an Election Year

Ministry in an Election Year

Across more than 35 years as a pastor, some of the hardest times in which to find a healthy balance between a prophetic engagement with the culture and a pastoral sensitivity to congregational unity were presidential election years. Since I’m no longer serving a local...