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Welcoming Pain as Our Teacher

Welcoming Pain as Our Teacher

About 15 years ago, I found myself struggling with fatigue and with pain in my muscles. After several months of trying to figure out what it was, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It took me some time to accept this diagnosis. I searched for another reason for why I felt so bad, something I could […]

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Purple Cows and Bible Studies

Purple Cows and Bible Studies

Sacred Cows and their Purple Step-Cousins We have all heard about Sacred Cows in ministry. It is an idea or custom that has risen unreasonably above criticism; carrying weight and influence; as if it were a sacred object. In ministry it is a program, a preferential tradition, paint color, namesake, contemporary song or building, among […]

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Caring After They Start

Caring After They Start

Last week on the blog, we looked at how we can care for our volunteers before they start serving. Did you miss it? If you did, go ahead and read it here first, because those ideas lay an important foundation for how we can care for our people after they start serving in our ministries. […]

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Caring before They Start

Caring before They Start

A few years ago, my good friend Bill challenged me with an idea that I’m sure will stick with me for a long time. He said, “Your job as a pastor is to steward well the gifts and stories of the people.” Bill unpacked what me meant by explaining the most important assets of any […]

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Leading vs. Living Spiritual Formation

Leading vs. Living Spiritual Formation

As we continue thinking about caring well for the souls of our co-workers in the month of February, let me paint a picture of a conversation at a recent board meeting of a new not-for-profit ministry: Executive Director: “I’d like to propose to the board that we close the center on Fridays. I know that […]

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Taking an Inventory of Your Team’s Spiritual Health

Taking an Inventory of Your Team’s Spiritual Health

If you’re anything like me, you find ministry leadership to be exhilarating. Even the difficult things are great opportunities to point people to Jesus. You’re the person who knows the mission and has a clear vision for where you want to go and how to get there. But, if we’re honest, it’s also a mixed […]

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Caring Well for Your Co-Workers

Caring Well for Your Co-Workers

Editor’s Note: For the month of March, we’re focusing our attention on the theme of caring well for the souls of those with whom you work, those men and women that we minster shoulder-to-shoulder with every day. In the task-oriented and often times urgency-driven environments of our ministry’s “behind the scenes”, it’s important to thinking […]

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The Withdraws of Jesus

The Withdraws of Jesus

Reflections for a Season of Lent For those who choose to observe Lent for the forty days leading up to Resurrection Sunday, they choose to pattern their days after the habit of Jesus when He withdrew into the wilderness after His baptism, led by the Spirit to dwell in the wilderness for forty days. While […]

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Preparing for Lent

Preparing for Lent

I am not a fan of airports, and not for the reason many of you might think. I actually don’t mind a layover. I don’t even mind a delay. I have come to the place of taking these things in stride. So why don’t I like airports? Because they reveal to me where I am […]

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Learning and Living on Retreat

Learning and Living on Retreat

Snow is flying and the temperatures are freezing… there’s no doubt, it’s retreat season again. For nearly 15 years now, I’ve had the privilege of partnering with various youth leaders as they prepare for another student ministry winter retreat. I imagine if you’re anything like them, you’re either finding yourself busy gearing up for the […]

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