Photo by Tanaphong Toochinda on Unsplash I heard the words I longed for to come out of her mouth. No, it wasn’t “I love you daddy.” It wasn’t even “you were right.” It was, “I hope my kids aren’t this hard.”  And it came after my daughter found a couple of her journals from junior…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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