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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5 Tips to Kick Start your Ministry Career Transition

About 25 years ago, a popular topic in ministry circles centered on Kings (marketplace leaders) and Priests (vocational ministers). One of the hottest discussions I recall was that Kings did not know how to talk to Priests and vice versa. They each spoke a language of their own and didn’t understand what was being spoken […]

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Pastor Job Change in a Plummeting Market

Online data indicates that about 1500 pastors are leaving the ministry each month. When I first saw those statistics I was shocked at the number. However, once we look more deeply into the data it is not as shocking as it first seemed. The Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches indicates that there are at […]

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Feel Like a Dried out Rubber Band?

I don’t know about you, but I often feel very close to God when I step into my shower. I joke with my Sunday School class and refer to it as my Holy of Holies where I pull back the curtain and step into God’s presence. This morning was one of those times. Lately there […]

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Speaking the Truth in Love

A couple weeks ago, Thom Rainer blogged Eight Areas Where Many Ministers are Unprepared for Ministry and I made a note to myself to go deeper into the topic. This past Friday, he did a podcast on the same topic. Apparently, many pastors felt hurt and accused Dr. Rainer of piling on the guilt. His […]

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Small Moves for Big Career Results

One of my earliest essays in junior high school was entitled Radio Astronomers Have Big Ears!  I still have a copy of it in my memories box after all the years. As a brand new ham radio operator at age 12, I loved electronics and amateur radio is still my hobby after over 50 years. […]

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Who Stole My Pedestal? A Case of Missing Identity

For twenty something years my wife and I have served in active missionary ministry. Often we felt embarrassed by the special treatment given to us by church members. In most cases we would be singled out and escorted to front row or special seating areas.  Usually for a meal or reception in connection with the […]

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A Matter of Priorities

Seems like almost every day lately has started off with deep thoughts about what items on the long list of to-do projects to tackle first. Today, I found myself distracted by the thought that I had forgotten something. Somehow that is happening more frequently these days, but this was different. As I struggled to recall […]

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Tips for Times of Turnover

Years ago I spent most weekends bass fishing. (yes, even Sundays B.C.) I totally wanted to become a professional bass fisherman and join Bill Dance and Jimmy Houston with a TV show and great outdoors lifestyle. This morning on my daily walk and talk with God as I passed by a retention pond and saw the […]

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Are You a Double Switcher?

After serving many years in ministry whether overseas or here at home, you may find yourself in the position of being a double switcher!  In the midst of your transition you decide God is leading you to change both your role and career field or industry. For some, this only adds to the confusion and challenge of finding […]

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