The Perfect Church Part 1

The one phrase I’ve been told over and over and over again throughout my time in the church world is: “There is no perfect church.” I hate this statement; passionately hate it when people say this to me. Why? Because it makes us sound lazy. It allows us to make excuses. And it’s wrong. There […]

Budget Blunders

Whether your church has sixty-five people or sixty-five hundred, money matters. Even so, many pastors tell me that they find budgeting to be—at best—a necessary-but-distracting process. I’ve never heard a young pastoral candidate confide that the initial draw to ministry was the joy of managing resources. You know how divisive talking about gathering, stewarding, and […]

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Rest is Productive

When our third man cub was four years old, we experienced a year of him unexplainably waking throughout the night, screaming and crying. Troy and I (mostly Troy because he’s a very kind husband) would be in and out of bed seven or eight times a night that entire year, trying to console a little […]

The Perfect Church Part 1

Budget Blunders

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Rest is Productive

Pastor's Life

Ten Reasons You Should Quit the Ministry

I’m a firm believer that the world needs more churches and more pastors. However, there are some pastors out there who are doing more harm to the church than good. I’ve spent the past two years trying to encourage and equip small town pastors to grow their churches, but today I want to encourage some […]

Recent Articles

Please Don’t Ask Me To Tithe


There is no subject in the modern day church more polarizing than tithing. Even the very mention of the word brings strong emotional responses from both ministers and members. No one seems to be opposed to its validity, only its necessity.   Most group discussions on this issue will conclude that the Bible teaches us […]

The Beautiful and Terrifying Silence You Need

Tramping through the snow, I stop for a moment. Everything around me is perfectly still. Only my footprints break the surface of the pure, white snow, and even these are behind me and out of sight. As far as my eyes can see, the world is untouched, asleep. The slumbering trees are soundless, with no […]

Encouragement For Leaders – ALONE

“Turn to me and be gracious to me for I am lonely and afflicted.” Palms. 25:16 Alone! Why do I feel so alone in the leadership of this ministry? With dozens of people around me, I feel separate, isolated and cut off. What am I supposed to do, Lord? Do I carry this responsibility alone? […]

Seven Things I Lost Because of Church Growth

When I first walked into my church over 12 years ago, there were 87 people in attendance. Today, across two campuses, there are over 700 people on a typical weekend. I’ve seen so many incredible things happen in my church over the years, and I have gained so much. But there are also things I […]

The View from Rock Bottom

When a friend of mine received a difficult diagnosis, she chose to share it on Facebook as she tried to process her feelings. She was grappling with her new reality: At barely 21 years of age she had a chronic, incurable condition, one that meant coping with daily pain and a gradually worsening disability for […]

Methods Change and Shift, but Christian Values Remain the Same

Discipline, commitment, and persistence matter very little in the long run if you are committed to the wrong things. Passionately wrong is still wrong. Persistence in error is still error. Right or wrong, your life and behavior are defined by the things you value. Everyone consciously or unconsciously lives by a value system. The values […]

Training for Bivocational Ministry Inside and Outside of the Church

Being a bivocational minister means serving a church part time while holding down a secular job until the church can pay you enough to go full time.  Right?  In some cases that is true, but there is a decided shift toward bivocational ministry as a ministry in its own right – inside and outside the […]

Single and Looking for a Church Home

It’s not always easy to love those who are different, those we don’t understand, or those with whom we can’t relate. But if the church is going to win the lost, we first have to find a way to reach them. And to make them feel at home. It’s not just those outside the church […]

Sunday Funday the Whole Week Long

One of the somewhat current popular tags that can be seen on many facebook posts is Sunday Funday. Don’t look the phrase up on urban dictionary, or it may become a less tasteful tag! However, the common use of the term seems to indicate that Sunday should be a day to spend with friends or […]

Vocational Ministry’s Forbidden Question

Church leaders, have you ever asked yourself the forbidden question in ministry? You know the one—it goes something like this, “Am I really made for this?” If you have, then you likely felt some level of frustration, guilt, shame or condemnation toward yourself right away. You probably chastised yourself with the natural defensive response, of […]