Category Archives: Ministry

What Keeps You Going?

My answer to this question has been developing and changing my whole life. When I was a kid, the excitement of learning kept me going. I was and still am to a large degree inquisitive. There was always more to learn and that drove me to seek out answers to all kinds of questions.

In my teens and early twenties it was helping people. It was all about other people and what I could do to make their life better. This drove me into the helping professions: first psychology and then ministry.

In my thirties it was becoming an expert in practicing my field: innovating, trying new things…it was all very exciting to start things and watch them grow.

Now that I am approaching my forties the answer is shifting once again. I think in the next phase of my life it is going to have something to do with mission: equipping people for evangelism, studying with non-Christians, and discipleship. I feel more and more compelled toward those areas in ways that weren’t ever as obvious as they are today.

With each successive stage I always wished I had gotten there sooner and learned the lessons earlier but each stage was necessary for the next and the effects and results are cumulative. No step can be skipped and no experience can go without loading into where my heart is at today. For that I am grateful to God for bringing me this far and look forward to seeing what He does with me on the next leg of the journey when I turn 40 in January!

What keeps you going? How has it changed over time?

The ISTJ Minister – Assessing How Our Personality Affects Our Ministry

I love the Myers-Briggs type inventory. It seems like the Enneagram is all the rage these days but I still haven’t moved on from the good ole trusty MBTI. This is partly because of the insights it brings out and it is also due to the fact that it was developed at one of myContinue Reading

“Those Were the Days” – What Does the Future Hold for Churches of Christ?

Nostalgia is the first step in church life toward congregational death. “Nostalgia is an exile mentality. Fulfillment is contingent on the ‘once upon a time’ remembrances of yesterday. ‘I remember when’ stories become commonplace in organizations during nostalgic days. The golden days are remembered fondly. From an organizational perspective, nostalgia signals the beginning of aContinue Reading

Do What You Can…Some is Better Than None

So many things go undone because we don’t do what we can. When we think we can’t or just don’t want to take the whole thing on by ourselves we freeze up and don’t do the little bit we actually can do. A bunch of little “tries” add up to a much greater sum thanContinue Reading

Crossing i’s and dotting t’s

Meticulous but misdirected. This happens far too often in leadership. We get myopically focused on the wrong things and what appears to be a concern for doing it right misses the point entirely. If you are determined to dot all your i’s and cross all your t’s you better make sure you aren’t getting itContinue Reading

Identify The Hats Only You Can Wear

There are too many distractions in life. It is so easy to shift our time and energy to things that we don’t need to be engaged in. Often the things that get neglected are the things that only we can do. One of the things I ask myself from time to time when considering tacklingContinue Reading

Has Studying Replaced Doing? Our Evangelism Problem

I have a shelf full of books on evangelism but that doesn’t make me evangelistic. We have a problem if we have read more books on evangelism than the number of people we have studied with. I am convinced that you don’t have to be an expert or know the latest (fill in the blank)Continue Reading

Your Heart is Only Functioning at 50% – Bad news or Good news?

That is bad news in a doctor’s appointment but for many churches, if half the members were involved in ministry it would be a miracle. The church is a body and bodies are made to work. They are made to move and function in an integrated and self-dependent way. Bodies are autonomous to others bodesContinue Reading

Wineskins Church of Christ Ministers’ Health Survey Results

Here are all four posts summarizing the findings from the Church of Christ Ministers’ Health Survey. These results look at physical, mental, ministerial, relational and spiritual health of our ministers. Please pass this along to ministers and elders you know. The results had some bright spots but also some places we need to shore up.Continue Reading

Confusing our Comfort and Our Calling

Throughout scripture the Holy Spirit was at work gifting and empowering people to do the tasks God put before them. Even in the midst of Holy Spirit empowerment and direct divine intervention and calling, there were still people uneasy with their assigned tasks. Gideon was hesitant even though he was directly commissioned by an angelContinue Reading

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