Category Archives: Burnout

The hurts and disappointments of life

I was speaking in the Lancaster County Prison last year to 115 prisoners and during a question/answer session, a prisoner told me about the horrible way his father treated him. In graphic terms, (after apologizing for what he was about … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding the ways of God

Here’s a truth we can’t afford to ignore, misunderstand or underestimate: “The Lord disciplines those He loves.” Discipline is part of God’s plan for spiritual transformation – for all of His children. If you’ve known the Lord for any length of … Continue reading

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Four questions leaders must ask

After 30 years of leadership in one Church, I’ve learned a few important lessons. A number of key principles have sustained me. Consider 4 of them framed as questions for evaluation. Continue reading

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A tough challenge facing Churches today

  A year after my friend accepted a call to pastor a Church, he called me and said, “I think I might have one or two men on the Church board who are actually qualified to be elders.” For the … Continue reading

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No room for complacency!

  Christianity is all about change. It begins with salvation as a gift to all who put faith in Christ. Salvation changes my standing with God from condemnation to justification (Romans 5:1). Salvation rescues me from the kingdom of darkness … Continue reading

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A close encounter with burnout

“I’d rather burn out than rust out!” the young pastor said. The wise older leader responded, “Either way you’re out.” Recent statistics tell us that each month an alarming number of leaders choose to leave the ministry because of burnout. … Continue reading

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Rhythm of life and ministry

The life of a pastor is a constant reminder that God put His “treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (II Corinthians 4:7). “Who is equal to such a … Continue reading

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