Just asking

It’s been annoyingly repeated too much: there is no such thing as a dumb question. I stopped believing that lie years ago! Within everything we do, there is an important task of asking questions. There is also an art of learning to ask the right questions, or the right kinds of questions. Forbes, in a recent article, offered an example of a great question. Think about looking for your next perfect job. That’s the context…..

Yes, I cried

Y’all, I teared up. I can’t recall the last time I felt this affirmed about the ministry God has given me! Out of the blue, unnecessarily, I received 2 words of encouragement and affirmation yesterday. They were unrelated comments and given by two totally different people. I usually struggle with compliments. Many of you know that. But I received those words as true affirmation. I didn’t think too much about it afterwards. Then! I’ve cried in…..

3 steps to reading

This is a great idea! If you’re wondering how to get kids to read, it’s actually pretty simple. Have them watch adults who do. I don’t have to prove that. It’s been demonstrated forever. But here’s the more difficult question: How do you get adults to read? Parents expect their children to learn how to read the Bible, for example, but aren’t in the habit of reading it themselves. What I’ve learned is that the…..

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…..