Why Isn’t Ministry Fulfilling?

I once interviewed the pastor of a 16,000+ member church. By most church growth standards, he had been successful. When I spoke with him, however, he told me that there were some days he wished he could work at a coffee shop, serving lattes and mochas, instead of preaching to thousands of people. Why?

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Sleep Deprivation Is Not Spiritual: Why You Should Sleep More

Here’s an obvious statement:  you’re probably not getting enough sleep. If the statistics are correct, a whopping one-third of Americans don’t get enough sleep, and a shocking 75% report sleep problems. Among pastors, church volunteers, and religious workers, these numbers may be higher. Thom Rainer reports that many pastors only sleep around six hours per night. This is a big problem, and one which we must seriously address.

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Ten Things a Pastor Should Never, Ever, Say from the Pulpit

We’ve all experienced that strange, sickening, gut-wrenching feeling. It’s that nausea of the soul that creeps in after you realized that you just blurted something you shouldn’t have blurted. Preachers, because they regularly speak to a lot of people, are a high risk group for this experience. Here are ten of those things that preachers should never say from the pulpit.

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Five Ways to Quickly and Easily Get Fired from Your Church Job

Want to lose your ministry job in a jiffy? No problem. The ministry, despite its intense qualifications, has among its ranks those who aren’t serious about their role. Just because it’s “ministry” doesn’t mean that people will overlook your shortcomings. Want to lose your job? There are a few things that will get the job done…if you get my drift.

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The Seven Signs Your Church or Organization Is Headed for Trouble

There is no such thing as a perfect church. Your church has problems. My church has problems. But some churches have bigger problems — problems which may drive the church to levels of intense conflict or destroyed lives. Here are seven major warning signs that your church or organization is headed for trouble.
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How to Get Busy and Work Hard Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

There are days when you feel more like a hibernating bear than an action-oriented leader. We all face those days. You stare at your computer screen in a torpid state. You don’t want to work. You don’t want to think. Fact is, you don’t want to do much of anything. How do you bust out of this low, and amp up the energy level? How do you get busy and work hard even when you don’t feel like it?

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Nine Types of People that You Must Learn to Accept in Ministry


Are you accidentally excluding anyone from ministry? It can happen subtly, yet frequently in the church. There are certain groups that we sometimes exclude or ignore. We do so to the detriment of our ministries. Here are ten of the most frequently-forgotten ministers in the church. Obviously, not everyone is going to be a teacher or worship leader, but the following groups have gifts to contribute to the ministry.

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How To Be Foolish: Trust in Yourself with All Your Heart

Few of us actually set out in life determined to be as foolish as possible. That would be, well, foolish. How ironic life can be. The irony is, we live life in full-throttle foolishness much of the time. Here’s what it looks like, and what to do about it.

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The Problem with Youth Pastors

Youth pastors have a tough job. They take on flak from angry parents, disgruntled pastors, and sulking teens. The position of youth pastor seems to be a fairly recent human invention in church history. As the church has tried to reinvent the youth pastor wheel with the passing of time, several unhealthy approaches to the office have taken shape. Now presenting, the Ten Commandments of Youth Pastors…

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When Vision and Crisis Collide: What to Do When Your Dreams Fail

Jodi didn’t know what to think. Her forehead rested against her hand. Her brown hair spilled around her face, as if to veil her from the world around her. She was grieved, relieved, stressed, relaxed, confused, angry, and embarrassed, sitting paralyzed in a potpourri of conflicting emotions. Here’s the short version of what happened…

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