Strategic Ministry, Neglected Minority, Steamroller Politics

Nothing works. Things are not improving. Gridlock, controversy, stubborn resistance and loss of vision and perspective prevails. What’s up with that? Right now the world is celebrating the life and work of Nelson Mandela. One of the strongest facets of his amazing life is that once he had a position of power, he listened to the […]

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Dear Journal: Sure Has Been Lots of Change

It is nice to be home in the USA, but things sure are different now. CHANGE in our Church! Going to worship at our sending church was something I had so looked forward to doing. Wow! I didn’t feel like I knew very many people. So many of our friends that prayed with us and […]

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5 Missionary Do-Overs

Listening to experienced pastors and ministers give advice to young ministers is always an eye-opener. Too bad I seem to hear advice that was sorely needed long  after I too learned things the hard way! So here are some thoughts on my missionary career adventures and a few things I wish I could do-over. Missionary Do-Overs: […]

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5 Tips to Kick Start your Ministry Career Transition

About 25 years ago, a popular topic in ministry circles centered on Kings (marketplace leaders) and Priests (vocational ministers). One of the hottest discussions I recall was that Kings did not know how to talk to Priests and vice versa. They each spoke a language of their own and didn’t understand what was being spoken […]

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Missionary Success: What has our Missionary Culture Done to us?

In his book, Dangerous Calling, Paul David Tripp shares three factors that crept into his personal life and ministry. In a very transparent and compelling manner he shares how the Lord helped him see the problems and make changes. Tripp describes how he later realized the same three factors he experienced were very common in […]

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Pastor Job Change in a Plummeting Market

Online data indicates that about 1500 pastors are leaving the ministry each month. When I first saw those statistics I was shocked at the number. However, once we look more deeply into the data it is not as shocking as it first seemed. The Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches indicates that there are at […]

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Balance and Alignment: Pastors need this too!

Balance and Alignment are essential preventive maintenance for our cars. It is clear that potholes and bumps in the roads knock our cars out of alignment and wear out our tires quickly if we don’t correct the misalignment. Lesson: if you don’t do the maintenance, you find out the meaning of the famous FRAM oil […]

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Missionary Identity: What has our Missionary Culture Done to us?

How have our identities been shaped by the missionary culture? Is there balance between who we think we are and who God made us to be?  In his book, Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry, Paul David Tripp gives three common factors that cause pastors to struggle in their lives, ministries and […]

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Small Moves for Big Career Results

One of my earliest essays in junior high school was entitled Radio Astronomers Have Big Ears!  I still have a copy of it in my memories box after all the years. As a brand new ham radio operator at age 12, I loved electronics and amateur radio is still my hobby after over 50 years. […]

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Who Stole My Pedestal? A Case of Missing Identity

For twenty something years my wife and I have served in active missionary ministry. Often we felt embarrassed by the special treatment given to us by church members. In most cases we would be singled out and escorted to front row or special seating areas.  Usually for a meal or reception in connection with the […]

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