Making Your Calendar Work for You

The below excerpt is from my book The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Time Management.  It is easier today than ever before to keep a single calendar that covers every aspect of your life. You don’t even have to be technologically savvy to make this happen. Here are a few tips for making your calendar work for you: Enter everything in your … Read More


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Managing Stress Monday: Negative Self-Talk Causes Self-Sabotage

The below excerpt is from my book The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Managing the Stress of Ministry. It is absolutely true that words alone cannot change reality. But the words we say to ourselves can shape the way we see the world around us. Negative self-talk can harm you in ways that you may not even realize. When you believe that … Read More


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Leader’s Train for Godliness

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” —1 Timothy 4:8 (NLT)


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McIntosh on Targeted Outreach

“‘Everyone Welcome’ is often seen on signs in front of churches. However, churches that try to reach everyone often end up reaching no one, or at least very few for Christ. In contrast, churches that are effectively reaching people for Christ have a well-defined target group.” – Gary McIntosh, Professor of Church Growth and Leadership


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Why Christians Won’t Work Together

This week’s guest post comes to us from Jeff Christopherson for christianitytoday.com.  Does church planting foster healthy relationships between pastors and a collaborative spirit between local churches for a shared kingdom mission? Not often. At one time, the motive for church planting revolved around a desire to impact a new community with the good news of Jesus. A church in … Read More


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Embracing a Bifocal Vision

The below excerpt is from my book The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. There’s a distinct difference in how average pastors and renegade pastors view the expansion of God’s kingdom. Average pastors wrestle with one of two opposing temptations. Either they are tempted to focus solely on their own churches, to the exclusion of any involvement … Read More


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5 Steps to Legally Start a Church

Today’s guest post comes to us from StartCHURCH.  What does it take to start a church or ministry? It may seem simple at first. But once you factor in all the paperwork, legal procedures, and finer details, the process becomes overwhelming. The fact is there are so many details involved in creating a new church or nonprofit organization. You have … Read More


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Managing Stress Monday: Loneliness is a Ministry Killer

The below excerpt is from my book The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Managing the Stress of Ministry. There is little doubt that loneliness is one of the biggest problems facing pastors today. Every survey reports that most pastors experience this emotion, often on a regular basis. This may sound strange to many people. After all, aren’t we pastors surrounded by people … Read More


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Leaders Will Be Blessed

All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. —Revelation 21:7 (NLT)


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