The Importance of Keeping Your Spiritual Gas Tank Fueled

The Importance of Keeping Your Spiritual Gas Tank Fueled

It doesn’t matter how nice your car is if you’ve run out of fuel. You’re not driving it anywhere. The same can be said for our souls. In seasons of life where we are emptying ourselves into our ministries and relationships, it’s imperative to find ways for our souls to be filled. An empty leader is an ineffective leader. Empty leaders tend do more harm than good because we are expecting something from our productivity that only comes from our Lord. If you’ve been through a season where you’re... Read More
Navigating Loss Through the First Year

Navigating Loss Through the First Year

All my life my mother was a schoolteacher. Through the years, she taught several different grades, but primarily she taught elementary school. However, it wasn’t until I was in fifth grade that I discovered that my mom had actually gone to school to be a singer. She had a beautiful voice. Although I remember her singing in weddings and that she had taught piano out of our house most of my elementary school years, it never occurred to me that music might be something she wanted to pursue.... Read More
How the Church can Help Those in Recovery

How the Church can Help Those in Recovery

In my opinion, there is no greater environment with the potential to impact the world of those in recovery than the church. The church is for broken people. The church is made of broken people. If we could all come together to work mutually on our brokenness using God’s power, then nothing would be unachievable. However, the church and the recovery community haven’t always made for a healthy combination. Here are a few suggestions both logistically and congregationally that I believe would... Read More
Suicide Prevention: Lies We Can Become Trapped In

Suicide Prevention: Lies We Can Become Trapped In

We all have bad days. We all have those days where it doesn’t seem like anything goes right. However, for most of us we have the healthy mindset of knowing that this bad day is one of many other days; some of them good. The problem when talking about a mindset that sometimes leads to suicide is that it becomes very polarized. Sometimes this is due to living with no margins. We can live so far out on the limb that small moments can have enormous consequences. It’s important for everyone to live... Read More
3 Keys to Addressing Mental Health and Suicide in Your Ministry

3 Keys to Addressing Mental Health and Suicide in Your Ministry

If you watch or listen to the news very often, you may realize that, sadly, suicide rates are on the rise. We could speculate all day about reasons this might be true, but regardless, one of the greatest things we can do to combat this rising trend is to create and keep the conversation going about mental health. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in adolescents and young adults ages 10-34*. The age group with the highest number of individuals contemplating suicide and attempting... Read More