Three Ways to Prevent Burnout

This is the sixth post in a series of reflections based on Jared Wilson’s book “The Pastor’s Justification.” Beautiful explosions filled the sky this past week as people around the United States celebrated Independence Day. One of the evenings when Ava (my almost 8 month old daughter) wasn’t able to sleep, we gazed out theContinue reading “Three Ways to Prevent Burnout”

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.””

Three Myths about Ministry

I have just finished a tremendous book on pastoral ministry called “The Pastor’s Justification” by Jared Wilson. Over the next few weeks I will reflect on the ways this book has challenged my view of ministry and leadership. Wilson has put into words ideas which have burned strongly in my mind for the past fewContinue reading “Three Myths about 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.”

We have authority issues…

I LOVE history. One of the things I find incredible about studying history is the direct relevance it has on our lives today. I’m currently reading a book called The Democratization of American Christianity. The book explores 19th century Christianity in the early United States. It has given me amazing insight into why we actContinue reading “We have authority issues…”

The Art of Conversation… for Introverts!

I’m an introvert. I’m also a pastor. In my role as a pastor, I am forced out of my comfortable and solitary box to form genuine connections with people on a regular basis. Those of you that are introverts understand how seemingly impossible this is for us! Being an introvert does NOT mean I’m shy. Shyness is one ofContinue reading “The Art of Conversation… for Introverts!”

Peter Pan Syndrome

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12 There are times (more than I would like to admit) that I HATE being young. The fact that my age group tendsContinue reading “Peter Pan Syndrome”