Build A Legacy, Not Just A Great Service

Build A Legacy, Not Just A Great Service

Remember, what you’re doing now matters more than it feels like it does. That’s why this week and every week is really important. ~Reggie Joiner I still remember the moment like it was yesterday. We drove along the rutted orange clay roads that led to a small village in eastern Uganda. It was Sunday morning and I was there to help document the work of Arise Africa – an organization that provides support to pastors and vulnerable children. We could hear the music as we... Read More
True Rest May Look Differently Than You Think

True Rest May Look Differently Than You Think

I sat tucked away in the corner of a church and listened to the pastor confess to his congregation, “I might need to take some time away because I’m just exhausted. I’ve not rested in years.” Those listening to his words cocked their heads in curiosity. The pastor always took yearly vacations, and his passion for the outdoors found him often enjoying God’s creation. His schedule was protected to provide him plenty of time to study and write—even staff requests... Read More
For A Strong Team On Sunday, Invest In Them On Monday

For A Strong Team On Sunday, Invest In Them On Monday

Making the time to invest in relationships in ministry can be difficult with all the other things on our to-do lists. It can become easy to define people by how they serve our ministries and our purposes rather than who they are as people. I have made this mistake before and it is a big one! People know when you are just filling volunteer slots and not really seeing them individually. That’s how you lose great volunteers and employees and have to go back to the drawing board with new team... Read More
Kids Need Love (Over Time)

Kids Need Love (Over Time)

Maybe we didn’t always wipe our wet, filthy feet before entering the house, but you loved us anyway. Thanks for the fun celebrations after countless graduations. During many moments of utter sadness, your bony shoulder was a major comfort as tears dripped from our tired eyes. Your kind words and generous acts of kindness did not go unnoticed during the best sleepovers at your house. The discipline hurt in the moment, but I sure needed it after almost burning the woods down behind our house. We... Read More
How to Incorporate Healthy Pastoral Self-Care into Your Routine

How to Incorporate Healthy Pastoral Self-Care into Your Routine

I grew up in Sherman, Texas. Most of you have never heard of Sherman, but I can tell you it was a wonderful place to grow up. It was a middle size town in North Texas full of trees (despite what many think about Texas), with a laid-back atmosphere, and a love for the Dallas Cowboys. What more could you want in a hometown? Sherman is actually a sister city to Denison, Texas. If you grew up in a big city then it probably wasn’t strange to have cities delineated only by a few blocks of... Read More