4 Essential Skills for Pastors Turning Around Churches

4 Essential Skills for Pastors Turning Around Churches

What is the primary leadership skill needed among pastors for this season of the Protestant church in America? I am increasingly focusing my time and attention on discerning the answer to that question. While it is dangerous to paint with too broad a brush, it appears...

10 Tips for Ministers to Strengthen Their Marriages

When it comes to marriage, I chose wisely. I can readily identify with Winston Churchill’s assessment: “My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.” This week, my wife, Amanda, and I are celebrating our...

6 Lessons I Learned Returning to the Pastorate

Bill Wilson recently asked me to reflect on my transition last summer from denominational work back to the pastorate, when I became the pastor of First Baptist Church of Bristol, Virginia. Particularly, I reflected on the experience of joining a church that is dealing...

10 Lessons Learned on Life after Pastoral Ministry

One day, I was engaging the work of a pastor – still, after 30 years or so, trying to figure it out week by week and sometimes day by day. Then, the next day, I was an expert. I moved from the parish ministry to the seminary classroom, the “Professor of Pastoral...