EVERYONE NEEDS A COACH

Think about this… Steph Curry has a shooting coach. Serena Williams has a tennis coach. Mariah Carey has a voice coach. Jordan Spieth has a swing coach. Do you look at that list and wonder, “Why?” Who is qualified to teach them how to get better? I certainly do. Good things…

WHAT GOD CAN DO

A friend and mentor of mine is Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. Though he has been in high demand for conferences and events around the world for decades, he routinely hosts small gatherings of 25-50 pastors and leaders at their location on Smith Street.  On a couple of occasions he invited me and…

WHY BE CREDENTIALED IN THE EFCA?

Did you know that not all of our pastors are credentialed in the EFCA? I have never quite understood that. I get that the ‘free’ in Evangelical Free Church can mean that no one can tell me what to do. But why not become credentialed in the EFCA? It’s like not getting a license…

GREAT LEADERSHIP

My good friend planted a church 12 years ago that now has four locations and averages more than 5000 people weekly. They have baptized more than 300 people per year for the last several years. They write, produce and record worship albums that I love. And now they have launched…

CARPE DIEM!

The other day a man expressed to me that I must have my hands full as a District Superintendent. He had heard a couple of pastoral burnout and failure statistics that left him incredulous. He asked me if the stats were indeed true (sadly, they were) and then asked me what…

LIFE WITH GOD

G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and therefore left untried.” (What’s Wrong with the World). Really living your life with God can be costly. It goes against cultural norms. Matthew 10:34-39 says that it can become a sword that separates people…

WHERE HAVE ALL THE EVANGELISTS GONE?

EDITORS NOTE: The first half of this article was published in the June CONNECT. If you’ve read the first installment of Andy’s article, jump down to the image for the conclusion.  Where have all the evangelists gone? That is a question I have asked myself since the early days of…

IS FEAR HINDERING YOUR MINISTRY?

This may sound a little sick, but I’m glad some of the greatest leaders in the bible were fearful on occasion. One leader I’ve considered in particular is Joshua. Joshua evidently wasn’t just a little fearful – he was terrified. Not only did God tell him three times to be…

MEMORIAL DAY MUSINGS

I’m really grateful for Memorial Day this year.  It’s not because I just need a Monday off or because I’m going to eat burgers and hot dogs without restraint. It’s because I get to pause and reflect on what happened at places like Yorktown, Belleau Woods, Iwo Jima, Khe Sanh,…

7 STEPS TO AVOID BURNOUT

What should a pastor do when feeling tired, burned out, under-appreciated or even under attack? 1. Don’t isolate yourself. Solitude is a spiritual discipline and is healthy. Isolation is not. Make friends with someone not associated with the church. Someone from another church, a friend from seminary days, or even…

A SPIRITUAL STEROID

At the top of my favorites list is Charles Spurgeon. I discovered him while in undergrad at Liberty University and have read his sermons, lectures and devotionals more than I have any other. Time and again, God has used that man’s words to lift my heart to worship. He’s done it again and…

INSPIRING YOUR CONGREGATION TO GIVE GENEROUSLY

Is there a shortage of resources to do God’s work?  Or is there a shortage of vision for what God wants to do? Some of our congregations are struggling financially. They wonder if it is time to reduce staff or missionary personnel or if they should sell part of the…

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