10 Lesser-Known Apps That Improve Productivity for Ministry

I love learning from other people, and I especially like getting behind-the-scenes looks at how they do what they do. I have a folder on my computer where I’ve kept examples of people’s weekly schedules. I love asking other pastors about how they do sermon prep. It’s fascinating to ask people what their typical dayContinue reading “10 Lesser-Known Apps That Improve Productivity for Ministry”

5 Steps to the Personal Retreat Day You Need

Do you ever feel like the urgent is crowding out the important? Like there’s so many things that have to be kept up with that you just can’t seem to get ahead? I do. Everybody does. I often talk with other pastors about how ministry is a “black hole” where there’s always more you could do.Continue reading “5 Steps to the Personal Retreat Day You Need”

How to Determine the Best Way to Do Something

What’s the best way to exercise? What’s the best way to read the Bible? What’s the best way to teach your children about Jesus? What’s the best way to keep track of your diet? What’s the best way to show appreciation to the volunteers in your ministry? What’s the best way to plan your week? What’s theContinue reading “How to Determine the Best Way to Do Something”

5 Lessons From Touring the Amazon Fulfillment Center

Recently I took our staff to tour the Amazon Fulfillment Center (it’s named “Phoenix 6”). “Fulfillment Center” sounds like a place where all your dreams would come true, but it’s really just a giant warehouse where Amazon orders are processed and shipped (maybe the same thing if you like shopping online). It was amazing. The firstContinue reading “5 Lessons From Touring the Amazon Fulfillment Center”

Life Through Death: Jesus, the Gospels and Gran Torino

As the year ends, I’m marking the end of my first semester of seminary through the Missional Training Center. One of my assignments has been to pick a movie, and reflect on its strengths and weaknesses as a metaphor of the role and character of Jesus in the story of the Gospels. I picked GranContinue reading “Life Through Death: Jesus, the Gospels and Gran Torino”

Think-Pair-Share: How to Lead Engaging Discussions

Leaders must lead engaging discussions. Rallying people always involves conversations that elicit their feedback and encourage their participation. Whether you’re a pastor, a kids ministry teacher or a small group leader, you must lead engaging discussions. One of the most helpful tools for this is “think-pair-share.” First a story… About 11 years ago I was helping lead a collegeContinue reading “Think-Pair-Share: How to Lead Engaging Discussions”

Visionary Leadership Answers These 6 Questions

Visionary leadership is crucial in today’s world. Every leader has a vision. Some visions are clear, others are fuzzy. Some are well-developed, others are sloppy. Some are compelling, others are forgettable. How can a leader gauge the clarity and effectiveness of his or her vision? The most obvious way is to measure the people who eventually getContinue reading “Visionary Leadership Answers These 6 Questions”

Three Areas I’m Trying to Grow in as a Leader

As leaders, we must keep growing. We are not yet fully conformed to the image of Christ (Rom 8:29), so God isn’t through with us yet. Sadly, growth is often very slow. Slower than I would like. But I keep striving, by faith, to move forward and grow as a leader. There are three areas of my lifeContinue reading “Three Areas I’m Trying to Grow in as a Leader”