The call to be a senior pastor is a heavy one. Rarely are two days the same. “Ministry” can happen in a moment’s notice and can suck up several days. Any one day can include emergency visits to the hospital, marriage counseling, funeral preparation, denominational meetings, sermon preparation, wedding preparation, business meetings, building maintenance, an impromptu counseling in the canned good aisle of the grocery store, or even...

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On Vision

Posted By on Mar 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Don’t underestimate the power of a well-communicated vision. In the absence of a clear, compelling vision, other (competing) visions elbow their way into reality. Conflict, apathy, boredom, restlessness all emerge from a lack of vision. Unity, passion, and partnership are born from contagious vision.

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Old School Tools (Part 7)

Posted By on Feb 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

I am an introvert who tends to stress at surprises and unexpected twists. The most important old-school tool I have discovered: a pack of gum. Chewing gum is a proven stress reliever – and a much better one than throwing or breaking any of the other old school tools we’ve shared (here, here, here, here, here, and here). Gum also has tremendous community-enhancing qualities. Whip out a pack of gum and in 4.67 seconds, you...

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Old School Tools (Part 5)

Posted By on Feb 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

I learned the hard way – if it isn’t written down, it is forgotten. One of the key components of ministry is remembering – names, stories, experiences – and following up on them. When I am on retreat, mission, or any extended period with my students, I have a pen and journal in my back pocket. Literally. I pull it out often – to note conversations (curriculum potential), experiences (to celebrate or commiserate...

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