Posts Tagged ‘pastor’



Don’t Just Write Pastor Books, Write Serious Books

When most pastors write books, you can bet they’re compiled from sermon notes and manuscripts. Preach a series on fear, and they end up with a book on the subject. Same with marriage, prophecy, grace, epic Bible stories – whatever. I don’t discourage that, but don’t think for a minute that’s a serious book. Writing is different than speaking, and editing sermon notes into a readable manuscript and then calling it a “book” isn’t very impressive. If you’re a pastor or ministry leader, here’s what I recommend: Read the full article »

On July 4th Sunday: Be Careful Using Militaristic Language in the Church

Something we invariably witness on July 4th Sunday is video on the wide screens at some churches featuring fighter jets, soldiers, and waving flags.  Yes – Jesus used militaristic language in the New Testament. As the Park Forum devotional puts it: “In a time when Galilee already had a powerful and dangerous ruler (Herod Antipas), Jesus was a revolutionary. When Jesus spoke of his purpose and mission, he often used war-like language. For example, in Matthew 10, he said, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”” But what we can’t forget is Read the full article »

Where Do Pastors Get The Idea That The Bible Is Practical?

You have no idea the number of pastors who tell me that their unique gift is to teach the Bible from a practical perspective. They focus on helping their congregation understand the Bible in practical ways. I assume they mean like the owner’s manual of a car, or the instructions for operating a computer. But the problem is – the Bible may be the least practical book ever written. In fact, I wonder if Read the full article »

A Pastor’s Father’s Day AR15 Promotion

I’m not making a judgement here, I’d just like to know what you think.  Considering our role in the culture, our calling, and our purpose in Christ, is this an incredibly great promotion for a local church, or an incredibly lame promotion?   Or something in-between?  What’s the perception non-believers will walk away with?  Watch the video: Read the full article »

Are “Honorary” Doctorates Real Academic Degrees?

When it comes to overblown titles, one thing that’s rampant in the Christian world (besides mail order degrees) are pastors and other leaders using honorary doctorates as if they were actual Ph.D. degrees. In case you were wondering – authoritative sources say they shouldn’t. While there are only a few instances I could find of written policies such as this one from Brandeis University, many, many university presidents, and highly regarded professors agree: Read the full article »

Why Pastors and Ministry Leaders Have Difficulty Retiring

When I read a story on how difficult it is for writers, artists, and rock stars to retire, (May 20th in the U.K.’s Telegraph) by Critic Neil McCormick, I immediately thought of pastors and ministry leaders. Granted, they’re not famous writers or rock stars (at least most of them) but generally speaking, they don’t lead normal working lives. While they work very hard, they don’t have typical 8 to 5 jobs, don’t slave at a desk, can determine their own schedule, can be intensively creative, and are passionate about their work.  Not a bad life – which makes retirement quite difficult. Pastors and leaders – don’t be offended, but  Read the full article »

Want to Change Your Life? Hire a Great Assistant.

Early in my career, I believed there was honor in doing everything myself. Don’t hire an assistant – it’s too expensive, plus, if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself. Fortunately, I learned years ago that was bunk.  Hiring the right assistant can change your life. It lets you focus on the big picture issues, releases you from the day to day organizational stuff, and Read the full article »

Leaders: Stop Pushing Your Dysfunctional Family On Us!

You might think this post is about reality TV stars, but if so you’ll be disappointed. It’s about the families of some pastors and ministry leaders. For a generation, many Christian broadcasters, ministry leaders, and pastors have been obsessed with the issue of family succession.  Obviously, it would be nice if our children followed us into our work. Having a strong and loving family is a wonderful thing, and I think it’s a powerful expression of our witness to the world. However, Read the full article »

Do You “Underbrag” on Social Media?

Craig Detweiler, Ph.D. and Director of the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture at Pepperdine University spoke at the recent Lausanne Global Consultation on Media and Evangelism. He talked about the fact that social media platforms have created a generation of people who are experts at “underbragging.” In other words, bragging indirectly. In the church or ministry world you see it like this: Read the full article »

Five Commandments for Becoming a Media Savvy Pastor

As a media consultant, I have the opportunity to help some of the largest churches and ministries in the country create effective, high quality media outreaches. In most cases, they are experienced, committed Christian leaders who understand the value and the power of the media.  But I also have the opportunity to spend time with less experienced pastors and ministry leaders who feel just as called to use media in a meaningful way, but have serious questions like:  Read the full article »


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