When you’re a pastor

When you’re a pastor, someone is there to say something discouraging to you. And about you. Someone is there to question everything you say and do. Yes, everything. Someone will have their more-than-fair share of critiques of you. And opinions When you’re a pastor, some people give you credit that only belongs to God. Some lie to you. Some people will fake you out and use you for what they want. Some bail on you……

How to handle complaints

Complaints. I’ve had a few. Leaders will get the complaints of the people they lead.  It’s only a matter of time.  In ministry they can sneak into a committee meeting, Bible study or, my favorite, right before a worship service.  Phone calls, emails, anonymous letters and even social media messages can come from anyone at anytime. You’d do well by deciding beforehand how you will handle complaints. I’ve learned to filter them.  Some complaints represent…..

If The Ellen Show was church

Do me a favor. Watch this video from The Ellen Show. As you do, pretend Ellen is the preacher, the audience is the congregation, the set is a church, the show is Sunday morning worship and the guy is your first-time guest. Is there anything we can learn? And please realize, more and more, “church” is something that more and more people haven’t “done.” Stay blessed…john

Wait for it

The hardest part about asking questions is waiting for answers. Let me rephrase that.  The hardest part about asking good questions is waiting for answers. We are used to being rewarded for expediency.  But if you’re trying to learn something, solve an issue or move forward you need time to ask questions.  If you don’t create that time, you don’t really engage people’s creativity or knowledge.  You merely put a question mark at the end…..

Dads raise your hand

Would this idea work for protecting our schools?  I don’t know.  But here’s why I love it.  We need divine creativity to help address many of the issues we are facing as families, as a church and as a nation.  It’s obvious we don’t have the solutions.  Lord, forgive us for always assuming we do. When we lead with divine creativity, we aren’t concerned with politics.  We’re not putting blame on anyone.  Divine creativity isn’t…..