“I’m Worn Out” – A Plea to Exhausted Pastors & Their People

I have been back to the traveling aspect of my ministry since July and I have noticed a consistent reality among those who are leading our churches. It affects pastors regardless of ministry title: lead pastor, associate pastor, youth pastor or children’s pastor. This cloud is hanging over pastors of both small and large churches.… Continue reading “I’m Worn Out” – A Plea to Exhausted Pastors & Their People

Appreciate Your Pastor By Interceding For Your Pastor

Time has seemingly scrapped by since quarantine swept over all of us back in March. But even with the days slowly marching by, we have finally landed in October. This month we celebrate the Reformation and our kids get to run around our neighborhoods (hopefully) to chase after the spoils of Trick or Treating. October… Continue reading Appreciate Your Pastor By Interceding For Your Pastor

Celebrate What You Want To Replicate

Years ago I heard a phrase from JD Greear that has been one of the few quotes that have stuck with me for more than a few weeks: You replicate what you celebrate. Simple phrase but it is a profound reminder - what we make a big deal out of in our ministry will be… Continue reading Celebrate What You Want To Replicate

5 Ways To Be The Encourager God Wants You To Be

But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. ~ Hebrews 3:13 We see in Hebrews a clear mandate in Scripture for the church to come around one another and find ways to push one another in the right direction. But… Continue reading 5 Ways To Be The Encourager God Wants You To Be

Relationships & Community – Must Haves in Youth Ministry

School is out and summer is here!!  If any of you are involved in Youth Ministry in any way, you know that this is a busy time of year.  Last Wednesday was no different for us.  That morning, a student came by the house for an hour to talk and hang out with my wife… Continue reading Relationships & Community – Must Haves in Youth Ministry

Taking Small Steps to Encourage

Youth ministry can, at times, be physically, emotionally and spiritually draining.  Weird hours, low pay, constant pressure to keep up with a changing student world can leave one asking, "Why do I do this?"  Obviously being called by God is "why I do this" but there are also those times when a student takes an… Continue reading Taking Small Steps to Encourage