What Are Your Expectations Of A Pastor/Minister’s Family Life?

All eyes are always on the minister’s family and having been on both sides as a full-time vocational minister and years as someone with a full-time secular job, let me assure you that most pastors feel the pressure to live up to the standards of excellence people have set. I’m thankful I have a great marriage (most days) and two great boys. I’m fine with you making decisions about me based on my family life, but still, I, too, sense the pressure to live up to a set of unrealistic expectations at times. [...] Continue Reading…

Balancing Your Strengths and Weaknesses

I have posted many times before about my attempt at discovering my strengths and weaknesses. The older I get the more I realize things I’m not good at doing. This discovery process has led me to what I believe is the perfect combination on a team: [...] Continue Reading…

10 Questions With Leader Jon Acuff: Stuff Christians Like

Jon Acuff is a funny, intelligent, mega-blogging leader at Stuff Christians Like. When I originally started this series I honestly overlooked some of the best leaders, because I falsely limited myself to people that have positions in a church or ministry. Jon has one of the most read blogs in the church world today. If Jon posts something, others instantly take notice. I call that influence, and if leadership is about influence, Jon is one of the best. [...] Continue Reading…

Assessing the State of the Marriage

I have tried this quick assessment with marriages in distress several times and it opens the couple’s eyes and my eyes to the real state of their marriage. If you are dealing with a marriage following a major event, mistake or disappointment, considering trying this process. If the marriage in distress is yours, considering a self-assessment of your marriage. [...] Continue Reading…

Myth Buster: God Will Put (Allow) More On You Than YOU Can Handle

The fact is, as I’ve said before, this world is messed up, broken and impossible to navigate on our own. God will allow more than we can handle ON OUR OWN, because His greatest desire is that we learn to rely on Him completely. The power we have within us to face life’s trauma is the power of Christ. I have had countless times in my life where life was desperate enough that I finally recognized that apart from the grace of God, I could not handle life. I think that’s what God is looking for from His children and that’s a more comforting message to share with people in distress. [...] Continue Reading…

The Goal of the Church is NOT to Get Comfortable

This was honestly a challenging message for me to deliver to our church, but I’m afraid many times as believers we are tempted to look for the comfortable over the things that God would call us to do. Listen to last weeks message as I share some “encouragement” not to get too comfortable. [...] Continue Reading…

Total Surrender to God’s Plan: A Story of Faith (Jason and Kerby Harpst)

I love real life examples of people willing to do whatever God calls them to do, regardless of the sacrifice or cost. I am happy to share one such story with you.

Jason and Kerby Harpst are a young couple that attend Grace Community Church. Cheryl [...] Continue Reading…

Catalyst One Day Chicago: Recap

I had a great time hanging with Nate Edmondson at Catalyst One Day Chicago. It was refreshing to be recharged and encouraged by two incredible leaders.

One thing I love about conferences is connecting with my online friends. I was able to connect with online friends such as Michael Hyatt, Dave Ferguson, Jesse Phillips, and Jarrett Stevens. [...] Continue Reading…