Category Archives: Life of a pastor

A closer look at accountability

What is accountability and how should we practice it in the local church? Is everyone accountable in the same way? Continue reading

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5 warnings about leadership

Carefully consider 5 possible causes behind misdirected leadership. Continue reading

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Why I love the Church (2)

Our love for God compels us to commit to a particular local church, not just out of faithfulness to tradition, but in love and devotion to our Lord who promised, “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).
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Why I love the Church

Is it possible to love the Lord without loving the Church? Continue reading

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A word to Christian leaders and counselors

What deeply concerns me is the fact that it would be impossible to adequately prepare young leaders for handling the many issues encountered in ministry today. Continue reading

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Is pastor appreciation month a good idea?

Church members are clearly commanded to show appreciation for their pastors. And the whole Church suffers when the people fail to honor their leaders. But are special times for appreciation helpful? Could such times do more harm than good? Continue reading

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Warning those in the Church

I have the privilege each month of investing in other pastors. The stories they tell me remind me of many things I’ve experienced and learned over 30 years of ministry.

A common theme I hear is how often critics attack pastors and their Churches. I often encourage pastors to warn people about the consequences of standing against God’s work and servants.

Here are some sober words to Church members who are behaving as antagonists: Continue reading

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