Tag Archives: small church

Soul Care in the Wilderness: A Preacher’s Journey

When you’re ready to abandon ship There was a time I was ready to throw in the towel in ministry and with churches altogether. My frustrations with churches had grown to a dangerous level and were ready to implode in my weary soul. The voices of failure and inadequacy had taken over my…

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Preaching as Leadership

One leadership function that is often not recognized as leadership is the practice of preaching.  What usually commands attention when leaders talk about leadership are things like vision-casting, pastoral care, and identifying meaningful goals that extend the mission of the church.  But preaching, not so much! Yet every week in nearly every church,…

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Bridges of Hope

This past summer I accompanied our teens to Atlanta to spend a week working with 7 Bridges Ministry. 7 Bridges Ministry is unique. First of all, it is a church whose founding pastor, named Seven, ministers from an experience with God that led him out of prison, violence, and addiction into a life…

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The Legacy of Ministry: Building in the Right Place, in the Right Way

I’ll never forget my mentor, Carson Reed, and his words to me before I left to assume my new position as the minister here in Glenmora: “Remember, Augustine and Bonhoeffer were small-church pastors.” I know those words were not a rebuke against pride or arrogance, because at that point I was simply happy…

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Why Being Big on Strategy Can Help Small Churches Feel Small (and Why That’s a Good Thing)

The last time I flew, I imagine my experience was like most Americans’—on a major carrier.  The plane was one of hundreds pulled up to the gate that day.  Before I ever took my seat there were countless people getting the plane ready for take-off—those working the ticket counter, those working the baggage,…

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The Little Things that Serve the World

I was at one time an ant biologist. Myrmecologist, as the title and discipline is normally described. Words like petiole, gaster, propodeum, and epinotal spine still lodge themselves permanently in my mind, likely displacing more pertinent information, which undoubtedly I could use nowadays in my life as a pastor. Myrmecology, the study of…

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