It was the winter of 1993. After completing what felt like an eternity of higher education part of the transitioning process from learned student to practitioner was the first placement into parish ministry. After sweating many long hours over a ton of theological, historical, practical and biblical translations, now I was ready to be unleashed… Read More Two Ways to Overcome the Jonah Complex
Sixty-five million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and disaster in 2016. It’s not just a crisis; it’s a test of who we are and what we stand for, says David Miliband — and each of us has a personal responsibility to help solve it. In this must-watch talk, Miliband gives us specific,… Read More TED Talk: The Refugee Crisis is a Test of Our Character
For Guidance in the Pastoral Call Process By Phil Bandy Samuel 16:6-13- Monday When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look… Read More Devotions for Congregations Preparing to Call A Pastor
Find out what your volunteers are passionate about before you ask them to volunteer.… Read More Four Proven Ways to Recruit Volunteers
Faith in Jesus is the only ticket we need to attend this beautifully prepared feast.… Read More Come, The Banquet is Ready
If Christians go into urban ministry thinking that they are in it for a season and not in this for the long haul they will struggle to be effective.… Read More Urban Ministry: Are You In This for the Long Haul?
Fatherhood is not for wimps. It is a tough job, with a huge upside, but littered with pitfalls.… Read More Fatherhood: Only Real Men Need Apply
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. The Hebrew word here translated “rod” has a long history. Its meanings include rod, scepter, and weapon. It does not refer to a “walking stick” as we often see this depicted in drawings. The rod is the shepherd’s primary offensive weapon for protecting the flock from… Read More Two Ways God Uses The Shepherd’s Rod