Tag Archives: ministry

Launching into Ministry

After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. Mark 1:14 I graduated from college at the age of twenty with a call to full-time vocational ministry. One problem! Nobody wanted to hire me on a church staff or call me as pastor. So, I decided to go […]

Jesus Never Called Anyone who Was Lazy

“. . . James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder).” Mark 3:17 We learn several things throughout the Gospels about James and John. John was actually the first brother to follow Jesus. He notes in his gospel the exact hour (4:00 p.m.) […]

A Strong Foundation

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. —Matthew 5:1, 2 (NIV) I’ll never forget the words of an older minister friend who prayed for our small congregation during the morning worship. I was 29 years of age, […]

10 Key Moments When Jesus Prayed

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1). People sometimes ask me, “Why should I pray? The Lord knows everything that is going to happen anyway, so do my prayers make a difference?” The fundamental answer to that question is: “Jesus told […]

A Place of Abundance

My minister dad was “out of a church,” a term used to describe an unemployed pastor. A congregation invited him and two others to preach as candidates on successive Sundays. Being the first of three candidates, Dad was sure that by the time the third minister had preached he would be forgotten. The day of […]

The Importance of Articulating Your Vision

“How long until we get there?” is a meaningless question if you don’t know where you’re going. But it’s an exciting one to ask yourself periodically if you know where your vision is taking you. By measuring against the goal, you can gauge your progress, and moving forward will energize you and those you serve […]

50 Questions Every Ministry Leader Should Ask

Leadership is an invitation to responsibility, and responsibility means hard work. Leadership is also a trust. Leaders—especially in the church—must tend to two fundamental, legal duties: to act with due care and to not pursue self-enrichment. I’ve discovered on my leadership journey that managing this trust presents more challenges than I would have ever imagined. […]

Miracles Are Never Planned

There’s a three-part harmony about growing as a leader in the ministry. They are identifying your strengths, building today on the abilities God will continue to use tomorrow, and remaining disciplined. If you coordinate these three personal components, what can you expect out of your life of ministry? The unexpected. The unpredictable. And the unplanned. […]

Just for the Money Just Doesn’t Work

At the church I came to pastor at Newport-Mesa, I inherited a preschool. Several years earlier, the church had founded the preschool as a way to make money. By enrolling a bunch of kids, it would be a financial lifeline for the church—not a witnessing outreach or any kind of community ministry, just a money-making […]

Man’s Aversion to Truth

Blaise Pascal, the famous French mathematician, philosopher, and scientist (1623–1662) wrote: There are different degrees in man’s aversion to truth. But, it can probably be said that everyone avoids the truth in some degree, because avoiding the truth cannot be separated from self-love. It is self-love which makes those who should reprove others choose so […]