Why Church Leaders drop out of the race

It goes something like this: Divine Call/Education → Conflict/Badgering → Disillusionment/Burnout → Eventual Dropout Many serious ministers have stepped out of their lane and quit running God’s race for their life because of this pattern. A divine calling to church ministry gets responded to via enrollment in some form of Bible College, seminary, or ministerial training venue. That […]

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Preaching among lions (for pastors and ministry leaders)

Do you preachers and ministry leaders remember the obscure, 2 Kings 17 story about the priest who was recruited to preach among lions? The story goes like this. The Israelites had been defeated in war and subsequently deported to Assyria; however, when the Assyrians moved into Israel to replace them, they were attacked and mauled […]

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Mr. Clean

No, this isn’t a self-portrait (although I’d love to have his biceps and he does rock the bald head). It’s a portrait of what I hope we are all aspiring to be. There is nothing like knowing that we are clean. I worked with a pastor once who was urging me to be Mr. Clean […]

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The Blues Brothers

Did I please God? Did I preach well? Was I thorough enough without being too deep, and fun enough without being too shallow? Did I make a difference? Did I strengthen anyone’s faith? Did hell shudder? Or did I just facilitate a colossal waste of everyone’s time? I’m not sure what kind of thoughts stir […]

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Keep your head up (encouragement for pastors)

“Keep your head up!” That’s what the dad kept yelling last week at the pool while his son kicked and flailed and struggled to swim across the deep end of the water. “Son, if you keep your head up you’ll be fine, but if you let it drop you’re sunk.” As I listened in on […]

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