How to Protect Your Family as a Pastor (Part 2)

Last week in the first of this two-part series, I started the conversation about how, with a little intentionality, you can keep your spouse and children from being sacrificed on the altar of ministry. We talked about setting boundaries and what it would look like to draw a boundary line around your home life in order to protect and nurture what’s … Read More

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Sunday Scripture: Use Your Gifts!

“If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” – Romans 12:8 (NLT)

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Love Your Family (Part 1)

With a little intentionality, you can keep your spouse and children from being sacrificed on the altar of ministry. Average pastors put their marriage and family life on autopilot, hoping that, because they are called to God’s work, everything will stay on track through the years — but not doing a lot to ensure that outcome. They love their families, … Read More

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Sunday Scripture: Living for Christ

“For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue … Read More

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Managing Your Time (Part 3 of 3)

In the final part of this three-part blog series, I’d like to share the second practice that will be an essential component to managing your time well. Don’t Start Your Day Until You’ve Planned Your Day You may have heard the old axiom “Plan your work, then work your plan.” The wisdom in that saying is right on point. The most productive … Read More

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Sunday Scripture: The Importance of Preparation

“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?“ – Luke 14:28 (NLT)

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9 Critical Spiritual Disciplines You Cannot Afford to Ignore

Today’s guest post comes to us from Brandon Cox for I’ve loved and grown through the writings of Don Whitney, Dallas Willard, R. Kent Hughes, Richard Foster and Chuck Swindoll, all of whom have written excellent books about the subject of spiritual disciplines. They all have different lists. I’ve looked them over many times, but ultimately arrived at my … Read More

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My First Coaching Experience (Part 1)

I had never heard of pastor-to-pastor coaching before I started the church I still pastor. As a new church planter, I set out to raise funds and by God’s grace secured a large (for us) commitment from a mega church in Dallas. It came with one string attached: I had to meet with the Senior Pastor once a month for … Read More

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Broadus on the Seasons in Ministry

“There are seasons in the spiritual sphere – sowing seasons and reaping seasons, just as there are in farming. ‘Say not ye,’ said Jesus, ‘There are yet four months, and then cometh the harvest?’ – that is to say, it was four months from that time till the harvest. They sowed their wheat in December; they began to reap it … Read More

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