Strategic Ministry, Neglected Minority, Steamroller Politics

Nothing works. Things are not improving. Gridlock, controversy, stubborn resistance and loss of vision and perspective prevails. What’s up with that? Right now the world is celebrating the life and work of Nelson Mandela. One of the strongest facets of his amazing life is that once he had a position of power, he listened to the […]

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5 Missionary Do-Overs

Listening to experienced pastors and ministers give advice to young ministers is always an eye-opener. Too bad I seem to hear advice that was sorely needed long  after I too learned things the hard way! So here are some thoughts on my missionary career adventures and a few things I wish I could do-over. Missionary Do-Overs: […]

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Missionary Success: What has our Missionary Culture Done to us?

In his book, Dangerous Calling, Paul David Tripp shares three factors that crept into his personal life and ministry. In a very transparent and compelling manner he shares how the Lord helped him see the problems and make changes. Tripp describes how he later realized the same three factors he experienced were very common in […]

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Missionary Knowledge: What has our Missionary Culture Done to us?

Have missionaries allowed our theological education, training, and preparation to get in the way of the results we seek? Does our North American traditional worldview add so much baggage to our thinking that all our strategies are less effective? In his book, Dangerous Calling, Paul David Tripp’s second common factor that causes pastors to struggle […]

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Missionary Identity: What has our Missionary Culture Done to us?

How have our identities been shaped by the missionary culture? Is there balance between who we think we are and who God made us to be?  In his book, Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry, Paul David Tripp gives three common factors that cause pastors to struggle in their lives, ministries and […]

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Wives Speak Up–He’s NOT Hearing You!

I don’t get many requests to coach career transitioning husbands and their wives together. Hmmm! Maybe I should start making that a requirement? An excellent blog post by Pastor Ron Edmondson got me thinking about the way we men tend to become so focused on our job change that we don’t always hear what our […]

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Budding ain’t Blooming!

On my almost daily walk n talk with the Lord I enjoy seeing things in the great outdoors. One of my favorites is a scraggly (my dad would have said–leggy) flowering bush. This bush looks pretty sick most of the year with lots of bare branches and not too many leaves. It often is filled with promising looking […]

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What Has God Called You To Do?

Discovering what God has called one to do is the path to a fruitful life. You call  gives purpose that can provide the drive and energy which leads to a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Consider how God spoke to Moses and confirmed the call and purpose of the craftsmen that were to build the […]

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Pastoral Transition from Associate to Senior Pastor Role

Here’s an area we seldom would think of as a difficult transition. That is a big mistake. Like most change, it pays to know where you want to go and what steps are necessary to arrive fully equipped and prepared. More often than not, associate pastors stay busy with the ministry they are doing, and […]

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Pastoral Transition from Associate to Senior Pastor Role

Here’s an area we seldom would think of as a difficult transition. That is a big mistake. Like most change, it pays to know where you want to go and what steps are necessary to arrive fully equipped and prepared. More often than not, associate pastors stay busy with the ministry they are doing, and […]

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