You Are UP to the Task Whether You Feel Like It or Not

You Are UP to the Task Whether You Feel Like It or Not

Deep in the heart of every leader I’ve ever met lurks a daunting question that casts a shadow over every major challenge we ever face: Am I up to this? When I went to take the test for my driver’s license… When I enrolled in college… When I...
Make Church Safe Again

Make Church Safe Again

It seems evident that the church Jesus started was supposed to be a safe place for people, especially the most vulnerable. This included people guilty of sin and evidently very broken. And some ancient stories bear witness to this kind of church having existed for at...
5 Ways to Encourage a Pastor or Church Leader

5 Ways to Encourage a Pastor or Church Leader

Church leaders, particularly pastors and ministry staff leaders, are struggling like never before. I just received the latest issue of Christianity Today and the cover story is “Emptied Out: Tens of Thousands of Pastors Want to Quit But Haven’t. What Has...
How to Cultivate Authenticity In Your Leadership Culture

How to Cultivate Authenticity In Your Leadership Culture

Be real with people, or be prepared to lose them. It’s hard. As Pastor Rick Warren wrote once, we all fight against three particular fears: the fear that we will be exposed for who we truly are the fear that we will be rejected the fear that we will be hurt...
5 Ways to Spend Your Leadership Equity Wisely

5 Ways to Spend Your Leadership Equity Wisely

When you walk into a leadership opportunity, you go with a little bit of equity by virtue of your position and the inevitable honeymoon period during which those you lead will let you get by with just a bit more than they will a decade later. But you have to be very...
The One Thing I Miss Most About Being a Pastor

The One Thing I Miss Most About Being a Pastor

There is a LOT that I miss about being a pastor. Like staff meetings. I miss teaching on Sundays, for sure. I definitely miss baptizing people. As awesome as all of those moments could be, there was one moment sweeter still, and it happened at least weekly. So I wrote...
God Put You Here for This Generation

God Put You Here for This Generation

When I was starting in ministry, I was very nostalgic and felt attached to the decades in which evangelicalism was thriving most easily in America, as if that were a better era in which to do ministry. Not only have I come to understand how that season was not a...
Thoughts from One Depressed Pastor to Many, Many Others

Thoughts from One Depressed Pastor to Many, Many Others

It’s just hard! Those are three of the nicest words I’ve ever heard. When you’re hurting and sad and you don’t even know exactly why you’re so sad, but someone, instead of offering solutions or guilt trips or “snap out of it” advice just comes along and validates what...
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