Managing Stress Monday: Taking Care of the Other Part of Us

The below excerpt is from my book The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Managing the Stress of Ministry. It’s safe to say that, as a culture, we are obsessed with our physical bodies. We spend billions of dollars on beauty aids, books on health and fitness, and nutritional supplements. We spend countless amounts on exercise equipment and gym memberships. We act committed, … Read More


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Leaders Remember God’s Greatness

“‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.’” —Isaiah 55:8–9 (NLT)


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Wesley On Living with Purpose

“Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry.” – John Wesley (June 28 or June 17, 1703 – March 2, 1791) devout Anglican who remained in the Church of England until his death, considered the “Father of the Methodists,” known for his personal devotion to holiness.  


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6 Preaching Methods Jesus Used That You Should Too

Today’s guest post comes to us from Aaron Earls for FactsandTrends.net. I think we can all agree that Jesus is the greatest preacher to ever walk the face of the Earth. As pastors, if there is anyone we should emulate in our preaching it is Jesus! So how did Jesus teach? Here are six of Jesus’ preaching methods that we can … Read More


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The Simple Sign-Up

The below excerpt is from my book Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups. This revised and expanded edition shows church leaders how to make their small groups work. When someone decides to sign up for a small group at your church, it should be an immediate, one-step process. Never, ever ask people to take multiple steps to become … Read More


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How to Shuffle Your Priorities

The below excerpt is from my book The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. Don’t you love how Christians come up with acronyms for everything? There’s even one for how you should arrange your priorities in order to experience God’s closeness and joy in your life. You’ve probably come across it at some point. According to the … Read More


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The Importance of Being Efficient

The below excerpt is from my book The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Time Management.  Efficiency is vital in any business–and in any church. In a church setting it translates into better stewardship of God’s resources. Inefficiency is wasteful and even sinful in that it squanders the three most important resources God gives us: time, money, and people. Time gets wasted doing … Read More


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Managing Stress Monday: The Effects of Bad Health

The below excerpt is from my book The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Managing the Stress of Ministry. We are amazing creations of God, creations that cannot be separated into neat little compartments. When one part of us suffers, we suffer in every area. In particular, when we don’t feel well physically, we get dragged down mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We find … Read More


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Wesley on God-Given Wisdom

“When I was young I was sure of everything. In a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before. At present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me.” – John Wesley (June 28 or June 17, 1703 – March 2, 1791) … Read More


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