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 ...

We are rapidly moving toward the celebration of Jesus' death, and Lent is on our minds for those who observe it. A time in which we make sacrifices to in some way thank God for and identify with the sacrifice Jesus made for us. A...

I haven't read this book yet, but after reading this post at TimSchraeder.com, I will be soon! Thanks for concisely boiling this down for us Tim! 10 Things That Drive Me Crazy About Working for a Church I’m nearing the 10-year mark of being a church...

You've probably heard enough about Tiger Woods' sordid lifestyle. I have too. And I have no interest in exploiting any of it. However, I have a lot of interest, for myself and any other Pastor, in learning from it. I have no interest in analyzing Tiger's...

Milfred Minitrea of the Missional Church Center, wrote a powerful post on his blog that I think deals with the dark side of ministry and how Pastors are constantly dealing with the issue of congregational change management and ministry effectiveness. In His post called, "Depression: Pastors...

Success is such a vague concept in Pastoral life. For ages, we've defined it by numbers. Whatever numbers we could produce. Numbers of people Numbers of dollars Numbers of buildings Numbers of salvations Numbers of baptisms. You number it and we'll count it in the final tally! For the last "number" of...

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...