14 Pieces of Advice for New Ministers

The landscape of hiring and managing staff is rapidly changing for congregations. What are the implications for the men and women who desire to serve in those congregations? What does this dawning of a new era in congregational life mean for those who feel called to a...

Realities About Your Church’s Staffing Dilemma

There is a revolution taking place in the way traditional congregations hire, manage and compensate their staff. Some of it is healthy and overdue; some of it is painful and shortsighted. As traditional congregations entered the 21st century, they walked into a...

Four Ways for Ministers to Become Entrepreneurs

For centuries the church has taken Ephesians 4 to heart and suggested that there are five primary roles for a minister to fulfill. Modern ministers are expected to embody these roles as needed and with a significant level of expertise and professionalism. They are:...

Four Suggestions to Finding Peace in the Ministry

Healthy ministers are true to themselves and their calling. Being true to self is a moving target; we grow and evolve over a lifetime. I remember reading an article noting the human brain isn’t fully developed until age 22. Apparently, brain research has demonstrated...

How Small Churches Can Find Qualified Ministers

Religion News Service recently posted a surprising story suggesting that there’s a glut of available ministers. That goes against popular wisdom for the past few years, which has argued that there’s an impending shortage of ministers. What’s that...