Musings of a Small Church Minister

The ministry of drinking coffee.   Last year, I began reading about a new ministry model.  Rather than sit in the office and wait for people to come to you, do your work in a coffee shop.  At first, I thought it was just a gimmick for guys to sit around and drink coffee that…

Daddy, I was in an Accident I got the phone call that puts a line of chill fear down any parent’s back.  “Daddy, I was in an accident.”  I felt my stomach tighten up until she followed up with “everyone is okay, but the car isn’t.”  I confirmed she was okay and told her the…

Photo by Goran Ivos on Unsplash I Didn’t see it coming. I love technology! … when it works.  Last winter, I picked up a nasty virus on my laptop. I found it shortly after Christmas and thought I removed it.  I guess I didn’t as I noticed my laptop getting unstable from time to time,…

lessons for small churches

Lessons From The Hart of Dixie My wife and I just got done watching a series about a New Yorker who moves to a small rural southern town.  I liked it because I have always liked the South.  She liked it because of the relationships.  The theme of the show is how this big city…

Wow, it’s hard for me to believe, but I started my 25th year at this congregation last month.  I have loved…most of my time here.  Let’s be honest, serving a church in one location is like being married;  You love each other deeply, but you have your ups and down.  I believe that’s a good…

This week my wife and I have been married 25 years.  25 years!  It’s been quite the ride over those years.  We have bad times with jobs and loss of family members.  Poor times of wondering if we can cover all our financial needs (most of those 25 years). Blessed times with the birth of…

What’s Missing in Modern Worship? I just got done reading a good, but sad commentary on the modern church by Tim Challies. Check it out here. He mentioned several areas that missing in too many modern worship services. His list included; prayer, scripture reading, confession of sin and assurance of pardon, expositional preaching and congregational…

photo: unsplash.com It’s all in how you look at things Tax time is an interesting time for my wife and me. We are both self-employed, so when it comes to knowing our income, it’s a guessing game until we sit down with our tax lady. As it turned out, my wife made more than we…

One thing that all small church ministers learn is that you are usually the organizer guy. I love to organize and relish the role in our church. I am a productivity geek, I love technology, and sometimes I can forget my next appointment (or child at preschool if I go a few years back!). I…

I’ve been singing the blues lately as this has been a tough year for me professionally. We have a wonderful congregation, but for some reason, we lost a lot of people this year. Some moved, some fell away and some were fussing and fighting with each other and went to different churches. I tried so…

Yesterday, one of my daughter’s friends was over for a while.  On the table we had a scratch pad sitting there because we had been playing cards.  As we got ready for the next round after the young man had left, I found a noted he put on the pad.  Dear God and then a…

I have a confession to make. I have a hate/love relationship with reading through the Old Testament…Mostly hate.  There, I said it out loud.  I can finally get that shame off my shoulders! Each year I read through either the Old Testament or the New Testament in a different version of Bible.  I look forward…

One of the happiest days of my life as a minister was November 9.  No, not because of the results but because this sad election cycle is over.  Many of you woke up on that day discouraged, scared and unsure what happens next.  Some of you woke up stunned by the results.  Some of you…

“The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” screams Chicken Little as he runs around inciting fear among all the barnyard animals.  What started as a simple misconception, ends up killing all of them as they follow the sly fox to his den for “safety.” It’s a fable that has been around for hundreds of…

Well, I will be heading to Africa in less than 2 weeks to teach at a school of preaching.  Our teens just returned from a domestic trip, and 2 more members just returned from other mission trips abroad. Every time short mission trips are talked about, someone brings up the cost.  “we could just send…

I was reading the story of Caleb not long ago.  No, not when he and Joshua spied out the land, but 40 plus years later when he was 85.  (Joshua 14:6-15).  In this passage, this old man begs Joshua to let him go fight the giants, in the mountains, ensconced behind fortified cities. What??!! Who…

Last weekend I went down to Harding to pick up my daughter from college.  While we were there we wandered the campus and came upon a group of kids making a music video.  It looked fun, so we just kind of began to watch them stage everyone and what needed to be done and walk…

Last week I participated in something special and sadly unique.  I spend an evening with about 15 fellow ministers and people for several churches just praying and praising God. What made that unique?  The simple fact that we were all from different Christian groups in town.  What made it special?  That we put aside any…

As a small church minister, I wear many hats. It simply comes with the territory.  You are expected to visit everyone with any kind of need (and be in the office to be available to anyone who comes in), simple maintenance around the building, prepare quality lessons and Bible classes, oversee offices issues like the…

I have always wanted to visit the main part of Europe, but the closest I have got so far was view the shoreline of France when we lived in Britain and landing in Rome as I returned from a mission trip to Africa.  One of these days I will get there and visit all those…

It was one of those weekends that preachers everywhere dread. It started off innocently enough Friday. I had a little bit of sinus tickle, but that has been my last month or 2 it seems like. I didn’t think much of it throughout the day but my voice started getting a little rough. Still, I…

check-up

No, this isn’t a health scare so you can take a sigh of relief. Thank you for worrying about me! This was a check-up of my wife’s car. Still a little scary result though. I jumped in her car a week or so ago and saw that she missed her oil change by about 3…

There are days when I love those around me so much I can hardly contain my joy. And then there are days I could lock them all in a dark room and forget about them! Why is it that God has given us all individual personalities that connect and repel those we come in contact…

Every organization has key personnel. In the business world, there is often role redundancy to cover when one of those key players for that part of a project doesn’t come through for one reason or another. In churches we often try to do the same thing, but it gets harder as we work with a…

Not too long ago, I was sitting next to a preacher and his wife while visiting their church. I happened to glance over to see the unbelievable! The wife was reading her text messages while we were singing. THE PREACHER’S WIFE! How can you ever overcome cell phone usage in church when even the leadership…

Christmas Came Early!   Welcome to my first attempt at a blog! My goal is to encourage and challenge with various thoughts and share my life and musings as a minister of a smaller church in a rural setting. I hope you find the blog worthwhile and hopefully amusing from time to time. I am…

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