Published: 1 year ago

Flashback Friday: Guarding Against the Grumbling

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you! I’ve been hanging out a lot in Exodus lately, which is undoubtedly one of my favorite books of the Bible. Behind 1 …

Published: 2 years ago

In Connections Ministry, What’s the Right Mix?

A few weeks back I was talking to a friend about the right mix for a Connections Pastor. For our illustration, we’ll say that a CP covers areas related to guest services, covenant membership, and general onboarding into the life of the church. This …

Published: 3 years ago

Flashback Friday: A Walk to Remember

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you! For several years Merriem and I lived out in the country, and every day I’d pass a little rural church that had …

Published: 3 years ago

Don’t Waste Your Day Job

The chances are good that there are a few pastors sitting down at their desk, sipping a cup of coffee, and spotting this post in their blog feed just before starting work. And that “work” may be nowhere close to a church office or …

Published: 4 years ago

Six Times to Talk to Your Guests

Let’s start with the basics: we should aim to talk to our guests all the time. When they show up on the weekend, they are our honored guests (that’s why we call ’em guests, and not the V-word). But there are strategic times during …

Published: 4 years ago

Flashback Friday: Your Preferences May Be The Problem

I’m a man with exquisite tastes. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. I’ve been known to polish off a bag of chips that are well past the expiration date. And also, I view high dining as anything related to the words “Dollar Menu.” So disregard …

Published: 4 years ago

Introducing Ministry Grid

No matter the size of your church or the breadth of your volunteer team, you likely struggle with the never-ending need for good quality training. If you’re like me, you’ve spent roughly 40 bajillion waking hours trying to read, research, curate, and create content …

Published: 5 years ago

Thursday Three For All

TGIT? You betcha. Here are three things that I’ve had my eyes on this week (click the header links to read the full articles). Broken Events. Every single pastor and every single speaker and every single leader in every single church needs to read this. …

Published: 5 years ago

Thursday Three For All

Thursday hath arrived. And with it, the terrific trio: Seven Things a Pastor’s Kid Needs from His Father. If anyone has the right to write this, it’s the son of the Pied Piper himself. Good stuff for Pastor Dads. A pastor’s wife bears a great …

Published: 7 years ago

Our Father, Who Art in Customs

Last Sunday I returned from a trip overseas.  Getting onto our flight, our team got hot and sweaty unloading and reloading our baggage in 145% humidity (would you like to feel “sticky” or “extra sticky” on your crowded plane?), extra security searches (that guard …

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