Are Your Best Days in Ministry Behind You?

If you’re human, and over 40, you’ve probably thought at least once, Are my best days behind me? (If you’re a pastor, you struggle with this just about every Monday morning!) I’m not suggesting you need to be middle-aged or old to wonder about this question. If you felt like your high school or college years were… Read More

Isaiah’s Signature and Significance Found in Jerusalem

Archaeologists believe they have found evidence of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. Not that there was much doubt he lived—after all, we have a 66-chapter book in the Bible with his name on it—but the discovery sheds light on his significance in eighth-century BCE Jerusalem society. Archaeologist Eilat Mazar believes she has found Isaiah’s signature on… Read More

Does It Matter How the Preacher Dresses?

(I posted a paragraph on Facebook calling for pastors to dress “to inspire confidence”—and not look like they’d been out hitchhiking all night. It’s important to note that I did not say he should wear the uniform of the previous generation—a coat and tie—but merely to “dress one step in front of most of the men in… Read More

Church Revitalization: How & Where to Start

To expect different results, you need to do ministry differently. God put a passion in my heart for helping organizations get unstuck. Even from the early days, I’ve had a passion to help churches, specifically existing churches, to get healthy. All of my previous experience—my city manager days, included—has been working with communities and churches… Read More

Discover the 5 LOVE Languages of Pastors

With apologies to Gary Chapman for playing on his well-known “Five Love Languages” theme, I asked 24 pastors how a church member might speak to each pastor in his own love language. And though 24 people do not constitute a massive survey, I was amazed at the consistency of the responses. To fit the theme of five,… Read More

Share Don’t Adjust Your Conscience to Fit the Culture

Most of us are familiar with Martin Luther’s heroic statement at the Diet of Worms when he was called upon to recant. “Unless I am convinced by sacred Scripture, or by evident reason, I cannot recant, for my conscience is held captive by the Word of God, and to act against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here… Read More