Note from Paul: I'm pleased to introduce you to guest bloggers Martin Sanders and Warren Bird, who published this article elsewhere. They have graciously agreed to allow us to run it here as it so well pertains to "resourcing pastors for a lifetime of life-giving...

Can you say "worcation"? Apparently, President Obama can! In this article from Fox News, President Obama's current vacation to Martha's Vineyard is referred to as a "worcation". The word is not new to our culture. UrbanDictionary.com has it in their list. I didn't need to look it...

It's been a while since I've posted on this issue of insecurity in pastor and leaders. Recently, I read something that Mark Batterson (pastor of National Community Church in Washington DC) wrote about the topic: He wrote: I think influence and insecurity are opposites.  Insecure leaders don’t...

Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away.” And Elisha replied, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor.” “You have asked a difficult ...

You may or may not have heard of Father Peter Norden, founder of a large social justice agency in Australia called Jesuit Social Services and a well-known Prison Chaplain down under. He recently announced his resignation from the ministry after 40 years, citing burnout. Interesting juxtaposition,...

I recently read a great paper available from Leadership Network on how Pastors in their 20's and 30's are dealing with the stress and strain of ministry life. It was an excellent read and encouraging to hear that these guys are thinking much differently than...

It has been stated throughout the unfolding of the circumstance for South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford that he often would retreat after legislative sessions because they would wear him out. Retreating and refreshing is good, but at some point, Mark made some dangerous decisions about...

There's an interesting conversation posted over here between Erwin McManus and Dave Gibbons. In it, they share the following on pastoral burnout: ________________________________ How to avoid burnout? Erwin: Not the bible that helps someone live a moral life (it’s when people are truly connected to Jesus) There are lots...

What's the difference between a Pastor and a Politician? Both are highly public figures. Both represent something larger than themselves. There are similarities that are eerie and sometimes dangerous, and we could go on and on about them. But there are some important distinctions to...

When I speak of anything good coming from someone's pain, it's not news to any real leader. The best stuff of life and ministry, especially when in leadership, comes through pain. We have all felt the sting of where Gary is at in one way,...