Three Vital Aspects of Passion

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Next Up Book

My son is 7 weeks old. For the last 2 months we’ve had to keep him inside and away from other people. After his 2 week hospital stay because he was 6 weeks premature, we’ve had to be careful about sanitizing our hands and being sure people don’t breathe too close to him when they […]


Four Steps to Reversing Ministry Burnout

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Depressed

I wrote last week about four big mistakes that lead to ministry burnout. One thing I love about the Bible is that it doesn’t just give us the causes of our problems in life. It gives us cures. When Elijah faced burnout in his ministry, God helped him do four things that are just as applicable […]


5 Illusions That Will Lead You Into an Affair

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Solomon Seduction

King Solomon is known for many things, but let’s not kid ourselves; it’s the women that blow our minds.  The man had a mindboggling 700 wives and 300 concubines. I’m pretty sure that no one who reads this article is ever going to have a thousand wives and mistresses, but many will be tangled up […]


Four Big Mistakes that Lead to Ministry Burnout

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Coffee Cup

One of the issues that we sometimes address here at pastors.com is the issue of ministry burnout. And when we do address it, the responses are overwhelming. It’s a big issue. Why do so many Pastors burn out in ministry? It’s because of faulty thinking. Our thinking controls our emotions and our emotions control the […]


The Inside Scoop On Painful Staff Departures!

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Leaving

“It just seems like we’re going different directions, and I think it’s time for you to move on.” Without a doubt, those are the hardest words I’ve ever spoken to a friend that worked for me. I was a young pastor in a relatively small church located in a very big city. I’d let folks […]


What “We’ve Always Done It That Way” Really Means

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UofA vs LSU

“We’ve always done it that way.” There is a certain stereotype in the minds of pastors and church leaders when they hear that phrase. The stereotype I am referring to is of an out-of-touch, die-hard, traditional, older member who can’t see the ridiculous nature of basing decisions mindlessly upon patterns of behavior in the past. […]


5 New Assumptions About Ministry in the 21st Century

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Futuristic

I asked you recently if it was time for you to take a fresh look at your assumptions.  I really do believe we are irresponsible when we just continue down a well-worn path expecting to arrive at a new destination.  And yet, that is what many of us do. Because I am more and more […]


My Top 7 Relational Practices for Dealing with Church Conflict

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Atomic Explosion

If you’ve been pastoring for more than a month, you’ve had someone go nuclear on you. You know what I mean . . . a charter member, board member or disgruntled church member drops a bomb on you that blows you up! Deserved or not, it hurts. Ready or not, it comes with destructive power […]


Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 11 Signs of Doom

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Autopsy of a Deceased Church

I was their church consultant in 2003. The church’s peak attendance was 750 in 1975. By the time I got there the attendance had fallen to an average of 83. The large sanctuary seemed to swallow the relatively small crowd on Sunday morning. The reality was that most of the members did not want me […]


Pastors, No Reserve… No Retreat… No Regret

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William Borden

Pastors, as we learn from the life of a missionary today, I do hope his life story will challenge your life, leadership, and ministry. In the early 1900’s, 16-year-old William Whiting Borden graduated from a Chicago high school. He was an heir to the Borden fortune. Before Borden began his Ivy League education at Yale […]


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