Preaching a gospel-centered sermon is relatively easy, at least when compared to building a gospel culture. Culture shaping takes time and prayer and patience and persistence. But rest assured: it's part of our calling as leaders.
- They Love The Gospel
- They Invite Critique
- They Are Bold and Humble
- They Bear More Affliction Than They Give Out
- They Have No “Game Face”
- Wisest Fool In The Room
- Takes Blame and Gives Credit
Quit playing office manager and program director, quit staffing committees, and even right now recommit yourselves to what you were ordained to do, namely the ministry of the Word and sacraments.
Often we pastors are our own worst enemy when it comes to burning out. We bring it upon ourselves in ways we don’t realize. And that is why it sneaks up on us. Here are three ways that happens.
First, a good preacher should be able to teach well, correctly and in an orderly fashion…
Fear is a daily battle that everyone in ministry is called to fight … So, it is vital for all of us to ask, "What in the world should we do about fear?" Let me suggest four things.
We need to remember that there is a deeper reason why the church has worshiped on Sunday mornings--one that is still relevant today.
The point is this: However, you set up your day, plan to read, otherwise you won’t do it. Guard your time, otherwise you won’t do it.
I could write a top ten list, the top ten reasons to prioritize vacation and rest. But I think I can help you the most by simply communicating the single greatest reason to take a vacation.
Now I want to address those who are not introverts. You are the people who have to work with us, live with us, and interact with us. Perhaps you even get frustrated with us. And while we introverts can certainly do more on our part, I hope these eight statements will help you understand us a little bit better.
The degree to which we are able to be present in the moment, psychologists say, is one of the chief indicators of mental health and security in our personal identity. I can buy that. And I would submit that this takes a lot of courage.