From Affluence to Monasticism – The Story of St. Benedict

In my previous post, I briefly outlined the project I will be working on for my Doctor of Ministry at Sioux Falls Seminary. This project is rooted in a deep and practical study of an ancient rule known as “The Rule of St. Benedict.” In this post, I will provide a little more information onContinue reading “From Affluence to Monasticism – The Story of St. Benedict”

The Death of Pastoral Ministry

The majority of those who embark on the journey of pastoral ministry will end up being a statistic of burnout, depression, exhaustion, and bitterness. On average, seminary-trained pastors will last less than five years in pastoral ministry. This is a problem. Our current philosophy of ministry is killing the pastoral office. As many of youContinue reading “The Death of Pastoral Ministry”

When is Renovation Church Getting a Building?

When people find out that I lead Renovation Church and that we meet at the Garretson School for services, one of the first questions they ask is, “So… when are you guys getting your own building and becoming a ‘real’ church?” It’s a pretty innocent question but the assumptions behind it are fatally flawed. ForContinue reading “When is Renovation Church Getting a Building?”

You Might be a False Teacher

This is the fifth post in a series of reflections based on Jared Wilson’s book “The Pastor’s Justification.” Pastoral ministry is dangerous. Being in front of a captive audience each week strokes the ego. Knowing that the majority of the people will believe what you say due to your authority as “pastor” can cause youContinue reading “You Might be a False Teacher”

The #1 Key to Spiritual Growth

This is the fourth post in a series of reflections based on Jared Wilson’s book “The Pastor’s Justification.” I remember the first megachurch I ever experienced. I was at a church conference in Texas and was speechless at the size of the church building as we approached it. It seemed as if multiple shopping mallsContinue reading “The #1 Key to Spiritual Growth”

The Idol of “Success.”

This is the third post in a series of reflections based on Jared Wilson’s book “The Pastor’s Justification.” I had the honor of helping launch the Garretson Campus of The Rescue Church in October of 2014. I immediately had dreams of outgrowing our building in a week and breaking ground on a new facility. IContinue reading “The Idol of “Success.””

Family Over Ministry

This is a second post in a series of reflections based on Jared Wilson’s book “The Pastor’s Justification.” Pastor’s kids are notorious for rejecting the tenets of Christianity. Although pastors are not always at blame for this phenomenon, we need to consider the role we have played. The truth is many pastors sacrifice their familiesContinue reading “Family Over Ministry”

I Meet With a Therapist.

I am utterly weak and unqualified to be a pastor. My leadership is ruled more by timidity than boldness. My actions often derive from a desire to please people rather than God. The motivation behind my preaching springs from a desire for the praise of man rather than the affirmations of the Father… far more thanContinue reading “I Meet With a Therapist.”

Pastor… Where’s Your Passion?

This post is based on the book The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan O. Hatch. Hatch outlines the influence of Christianity in the early United States.  I recently had the honor of preaching at an outdoor church service in Garretson, SD. The main point of my message was “Religion without relationship brings destruction.” InContinue reading “Pastor… Where’s Your Passion?”