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...
The Power of Believing in People, Starting with Yourself

The Power of Believing in People, Starting with Yourself

There is tremendous power in believing in people and telling them so. In fact, one of the biggest factors carrying me through a currently difficult season is hearing from people who still believe in me enough to tell me. I wrote a short piece about this over on my...
What Can We Do About All the Problems? We Can Keep Showing Up

What Can We Do About All the Problems? We Can Keep Showing Up

So, what do we do about all this stuff? Years of preaching and listening to sermons about how to be positive, happy, and successful definitely did NOT prepare us to endure a lengthy global pandemic, which triggered a recession, which occurred during an election year,...
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...
Lead with Excellence Birthed Out of Passion, not Perfectionism

Lead with Excellence Birthed Out of Passion, not Perfectionism

Back in the 1990’s, church leaders started talking way more about excellence in worship and ministry. Many churches have written excellence into their core values with phrases like: We do all things with excellence for the glory of God. If it’s worth...
Do Your Pursuits Align with Your Purpose?

Do Your Pursuits Align with Your Purpose?

When your pursuits aren’t aligned with your purpose, you’ll get frustrated and exhausted. That doesn’t mean there aren’t seasons of preparation, of waiting, or of doing something else temporarily until you can find the freedom to pursue what...
Can a Pastor Who Struggles with Depression Remain a Pastor?

Can a Pastor Who Struggles with Depression Remain a Pastor?

Charles Spurgeon is considered by most modern evangelicals to be one of the greatest preachers and pastors since the Reformation. But did you know that Spurgeon struggled with depression? To the point of contemplating suicide? He said, I could say with Job, ‘My soul...

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