Anxiety is Far Too Common in Ministry. Here is Why and What Can be Done About it

Over half of ministers report suffering from significant anxiety as a result of their ministry. Churches are anxious places. They are anxious places because we are supposed to get everything right and to do something not how it is always done or said creates uncomfortable questions and anxiety that is then, often, transferred to leadership and received by leadership rather than allowing people to resolve their own issues.

We end up with emotionally stunted congregations – low grow in anxiety thresholds/low anxiety tolerance that is self-perpetuation.

Pair that with ministers who want to help people and elders who want to help people who jump in to fix things which then short circuits people’s growth in dealing with their own feelings.

Here is more explanation that I believe will help you empathize with your minister and will help ministers and church leaders tackle this issue which isn’t just an issue for members – it is personal to ministers as well and we have to deal with our own issues.

Preserving Our Good DNA in Churches of Christ & Six Adjustments For Revival

Are we prime for revival or are we hopelessly stuck in the past? I don’t think God is done with us yet. Even though we are seeing decline pretty much across the board, I am hopeful that God is still going to use Churches of Christ in some meaningful and powerful ways. Not all DNAContinue Reading

What The Motivational Speakers Just Don’t Get

Motivational speakers can be extremely helpful. They can inspire us, get us moving when we struggle to move. But there are some things secular speakers can’t wrap their minds around which are extremely important. They can’t because they aren’t coming at what they do as a Christian, from a Christian worldview. The first is thatContinue Reading

Review of “Discipleship that Fits” Chapter 4 – The Hoopla Can Actually Work

The book (Discipleship that Fits) now focuses on discipleship in various ministry context in terms of the group sizes outlined in chapter 3. In particular, chapter 4 deals with the Public context (100+ people) which in the West is generally the corporate worship setting. Bobby and Alex spend some time working through these contexts inContinue Reading

Light bulb on Commitment: Program-based Ministry vs Disciple-based Ministry

As I continue to work through learning disciple-making there are a number of light bulb moments that are happening along the way. Many of these are several puzzle pieces finally coming together to make a coherent picture. Thom Rainer wrote a great book a number of years ago called High Expectations. His premise was thatContinue Reading

Breaking the Neck of The Bottle Means No Going Back

“Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 2 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.” 3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table inContinue Reading

Churches of Christ Need an Aerosmith/Run DMC “Walk This Way” Moment

The iconic “Walk This Way” music video is a parable for a conversation that must go mainstream and I am determined to make that happen. We have to start chipping away at the wall and poking our heads through to hear what is being said on the other side. On one side – mainstream, programmaticContinue Reading

Here is Why Churches of Christ Should be Leading the Way in Disciple Making Movements

I grew up with a real affinity for scripture. I heard over and over again that the Bible is the inspired word of God. I heard it is our example. Even our pattern. I heard it informs our practice and doctrine. Flowing out of all of that was the idea that we were restoring theContinue Reading

You Are Invited to Renew’s Gathering

The following article is from Renew’s own, Bobby Harrington. I have gotten to know Bobby over the last several months and in many ways he and Renew have been an answer to some of the prayers I have been praying as I have looked for answers on how to learn to better make disciples whoContinue Reading

Review of “Discipleship that Fits” Chapter 3 – The Big Idea to Change Your View of Church

If you only read one of the chapter reviews, read this one all the way through and consider its ramifications on your ministry. I do hope what is covered in this article will encourage you to read not just these reviews but the book itself. It is worth your time or else I wouldn’t talkContinue Reading

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