“Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and heart of the Christian ministry. The more professional we long to be, the more spiritual death we will leave in our wake. For there is no professional childlikeness (Matt. 18: 3); there is no professional tenderheartedness (Eph. 4: 32); there is no professional panting after God… Read more »
These are some helpful thoughts for young leaders. I wish I learned some of these lessons earlier. Some of these lessons I am still learning. Integrity is your greatest asset. You cannot magically create ministry experience that will convince older generations that you can be savvy at deacons’ meetings and sensitive at a deathbed. But… Read more »
One sleepless night wandering the internet, I came across one of the most amazing worship videos. It was one of the latest live recordings from Hillsong capturing a massive stadium filled with thousands of people going absolutely all-out in worshiping God. It must have been utterly overwhelming to witness. Part of me longed for a… Read more »
As I write this the KONY 2012 video is about to break 72 million views. By now you know the story of Invisible Children’s campaign and the passion of people who support it and the detractors who discredit the movement. Whether we condone it or reject it, few can deny what this that this… Read more »
Dave Gibbons, the lead pastor at Newsong church in Irvine, CA, is someone I admire because he is doing it right. Not because he has a huge mega-church. Not because he is famous or on magazine covers. Not because he is edgy or radical. But because he is building a church that serves Jesus. “In… Read more »
I’ve been following MC Jin for years now, and with the recent changes in his life, I though I would try to contact him. To my surprise, he got my email was gracious enough to write back. As you may know, MC Jin rose to fame by winning on BET’s 106 & Park’s “Freestyle Friday”… Read more »
Consciously or subconsciously, pastors and other ministry leaders often fall into the trap of trying to define ourselves through accomplishments. Even if we don’t express it outwardly, our hearts can easily begin to focus on unimportant measures such as numbers, attention, or even financial abundance. These thoughts by Pastor Steven Furtick reminded me of a… Read more »
I came across this great leadership insight from a Bill Simmon’s reflections on a personal interview with basketball coach Phil Jackson who has won 11 NBA championship titles and coached greats such as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Steve Kerr told me once that what made Jackson special – and Popovich too – was that… Read more »
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A few months ago, I was invited to a special pastor’s screening of the new faith based film, Soul Surfer, based on the life of Bethany Hamilton, a Christian teenager surfing champ whose life was dramatically changed by a shark attack. Like many Christian movies today, it arrived with heavy marketing to churches and leaders…. Read more »
As the summer draws near, here are some helpful thoughts from John Eldredge (author of great books Wild at Heart and Walking with God). First, we really need vacations, just as we really need Sabbath rest each week. There’s a rhythm to life. The heart beats, then it rests. It beats, then rests. We wake… Read more »
Billy Graham’s Advice
One of the greatest Christian leaders of the past century, on whether he wished he was more involved in world issues: I’ve been concerned about our nation, our world and the political processes, but also I have regretted that I have not spent more time in prayer, in Bible study and in the pastoral ministry… Read more »
A powerful article from Jim Wallis. I don’t always agree with everything he says, but I think he nails it on the head in this article. Since I’ve read the article, it continues to challenge my outlook on money, possessions and the message of the Church. The life of North American churches has become utterly… Read more »
Collision – David Crowder
David Crowder Band is one of the most innovative voices in Christian worship music nowadays. Their newest album is not what you would typically expect from a worship album, but its truly a ‘collision’ of imagery, thoughts, and movements. DCB continues to break ground and innovate, drawing everyone they touch deeper into worship. crowder looks… Read more »
100 Tips for youthworkers
Lots of good ideas, tips and tricks from Youth Specialties. Tip #22 Develop programs that reflect the needs, interests and energy level of the young people in your group, not the adults who work with them. Tip #45 Communicate availability. Don’t give your kids the impression that you’re too busy for them. Tip #57 Make… Read more »
Ordering Your Private World
One of my all time favorite books. I read this through at least once or twice a year. MacDonald talks about how to get your inner life in order with a series of principles based on the five areas of your life: Motivation, Use of Time, Wisdom and Knowledge, Spiritual Strength, and Restoration. Worth the… Read more »
Do they run when they see you coming?
A great youth ministry resource in learning how to reach out and build bridges with kids outside of the church. The book begins the most important principle in ministry and evangelism – compassion, focusing on loving and accepting youth where they are. Some chapter titles: “I thought I already had compassion”, “Reaching, not repelling”, “Door… Read more »
Its all about who?
A great article from Brian MacLaren, causing us to question again where the focus of our worship is, God or ourselves. This has come to mind recently for me, as i’ve struggled to really understand who God is. Yes, the theology books tell us God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, and we’ve heard sermons on… Read more »
A Christian Influence?
An encouraging article about the influence of Christianity on the US. Though analysts like Barna are often helpful in spurring the church on to more action, articles like this remind us that God is in fact doing things in the US after all.
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I’ve been thinking about starting a blog to post thoughts and info for ministry purposes outside of my personal blog. But more recently i’ve realized how important a tool the web can be used for edification and growth of the church. So here it is, for all you ministry gear heads out there. God bless.