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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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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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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Wives Speak Up–He’s NOT Hearing You!

I don’t get many requests to coach career transitioning husbands and their wives together. Hmmm! Maybe I should start making that a requirement? An excellent blog post by Pastor Ron Edmondson got me thinking about the way we men tend to become so focused on our job change that we don’t always hear what our […]

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A Matter of Priorities

Seems like almost every day lately has started off with deep thoughts about what items on the long list of to-do projects to tackle first. Today, I found myself distracted by the thought that I had forgotten something. Somehow that is happening more frequently these days, but this was different. As I struggled to recall […]

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Budding ain’t Blooming!

On my almost daily walk n talk with the Lord I enjoy seeing things in the great outdoors. One of my favorites is a scraggly (my dad would have said–leggy) flowering bush. This bush looks pretty sick most of the year with lots of bare branches and not too many leaves. It often is filled with promising looking […]

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