Learn something

If you aren’t learning, what are you doing? The writer of Ecclesiastes might say that learning is vanity, but only after he learned that to be true. Our shortsightedness often limits our understanding of learning.  We act like learning only happens in a classroom.  We assume learning is for certain types of people.  All saints are to be learners. What to learn?  I don’t know.  Learn a Bible passage.  Learn a language.  Learn a social skill……

Go back

Was it The Game of Life? Sorry!? Trouble? Chutes & Ladders? Somebody taught us it was burdensome to go back to the beginning.  But if you’ve lost your way, quite often that’s exactly where you need to go.  It’s not a demotion. It’s not a set back.  If you go back on purpose you could very well be learning to live again. Jesus tells the church at Ephesus to go back to what they used to do at first……

The Pope agrees

“The church is a business.” How many times have I heard that?! Of course, when you’re dealing with hundreds of people, at times the church should embrace business-like modes of action.  But I’ve spent my ministry learning that church cannot be thought of as a business. Business has a bottom line.  You could say that the church has one, too.  For a business, that bottom line is profit.  For the church, one could make the…..

The 1 thing you need

Besides prayer. Besides trust in God. Besides accountability. Besides a commitment to growing in your faith. Besides rest. Besides listening skills. Besides study & professional development. Besides having support. Besides all that, there’s only one thing you need to have as you pursue ministry: persistence.    Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 Stay blessed…john

Make That Change, Or Not

You can’t always make a change, but you can always make a difference (Luke 19:7-10). This is the message that came to me after I learned I’d be moving churches this year.  You see, there are things at my current church I know need to change.  These are things that would catapult the members into fruitful ministry.  Some of them would entail major changes to the way the church thinks and acts.  Others would be minor changes that…..