Hi, I’m Brandon
I coach Christian leaders from burnout to breakthrough.
The best solutions to the biggest problems in the world will come from healthy, visionary, kingdom-focused Christian leaders!
I became a Pastor when I was 19. I’ve served churches of 35 regular attenders up to one of America’s largest churches, averaging 25,000+ in weekend attendance. And then I burned out. That was 2020-21.
I’ve been a church planter, a leadership coach, and a communications consultant and website developer. And in every arena in which I’ve been privileged to lead, I’ve observed that everything really does rise and fall on leadership.
That’s why I’m determined to help great leaders recover from the mental, emotional, and relational turmoil of leading in today’s culture of isolation, consumerism, polarization, and workaholism.
You can be healthy, whole, and holy! And when you are at your best, everyone around you gets better!
Are You Walking Through BURNOUT in Your Leadership?
I’ve read back through journals I kept during one of the hardest seasons of my life and I feel two things.
First, gratitude! I’m grateful to have emerged from the dark valley of leadership burnout.
And second, burdened! I’m passionate about offering other leaders a word of encouragement.
I put together, out of my own experience, a free assessment designed to help you know if you’re either headed for burnout or you’re right in the middle of it.
My Latest Writings and Blog Posts
We get to become love and get better at relationships now. And while you wait, remember that you’re waiting hopefully and expectantly for God to finish his work of redeeming and renewing all things.
When people see in you the qualities and marks of a follower of Jesus – joy, love, hope, and generosity – they’ll offer thanks and praise to God.
Sincerity matters in preaching. It’s a key value, a core component of effectively representing the gospel and communicating God’s truth in this present age. In fact, we need it more than ever!
All five of these attitudes create a bit of shock and awe in our relationships. And if you’re a believer in Jesus, then the Holy Spirit has re-shaped you with the capacity to show these attitudes on a daily basis.
If you’re a leader walking into or through a season of burnout, you must address the pain and tend to the wounds, and you will almost always need help doing so. It’s hard to be, as the late Henri Nouwen termed it, a wounded healer.
Are we living through a collective ‘dark night of the soul?’ Is this a season in which we, as the human family in the current cultural climate, are profoundly lonely and abundantly anxious?
In our modern era, particularly in America (and perhaps the West as a whole), leaders are burning out at an increasing and alarming rate. There are many factors leading to this trend, but at the forefront are certain cultural issues that have affected the way we do church and church leadership. There are four issues, in particular, that have invaded our thinking in toxic ways.
We don’t choose our circumstances. We don’t choose the weather, the direction of the economy, what people around us will do, or the direction of world events. But we do get to choose our attitudes.
I know, as a Pastor who has trudged through the valley of burnout, that church growth can be a powerful drug for a church leader. The temporary “high” of a well-attended event, a high-attendance Sunday, an influx of new members or baptisms, etc. can have a numbing effect that keeps us distracted from the brokenness deep within us that needs to be addressed.
You and I don’t have to make things happen. We should certainly work hard to become faithful leaders and shepherds, but the enormously impossible task of generating real spiritual change is left in the hands of the very capable Holy Spirit, for whom anything is possible.
There are a ton of commandments in the Bible, but when Jesus launched his new movement, he boiled God’s expectations down to one – love.
I recently asked myself, if I were starting a church again today, what would be the values that I would consider most pertinent and timely in our current cultural moment in which the nonbelieving world is asking so many hard questions about the church. These four came to my mind rather quickly…