Five Must-Have Tools for the Pastor

Okay, before I begin I need to make an important disclaimer. In this post we’ll be talking a bit about technology. I am not an expert. I repeat, I am not an expert. In fact, with most of this stuff I know just enough to get myself confused.

But let me say this. As a pastor, you need tools to help you accomplish what you’ve been called to do. Being a pastor is a tough job and it can be even tougher if you don’t take advantage of the tools available to you. These days, we are fortunate that technology makes many things possible that simply weren’t years ago. So, here are five must-have tools for the pastor.  Continue reading

In Season and Out of Season

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t believe the pastors who always say everything is great. You’ve seen their tweets, read their blogs, or watched their youtube videos. These are the guys who are always promoting THE MOST INCREDIBLE SUNDAY MORNING EXPERIENCE EVER. IN THE HISTORY OF CREATION. LITERALLY. Do you know the guys I’m talking about? How can next Sunday’s message always be the best ever. How is it possible that this Sunday’s attendance is always double the attendance of the week before…even in the Summer, on Labor Day Weekend, and the week after Christmas?

I came to a conclusion. It has to be one of two things. Either I’m the worst pastor ever (which I understand is totally possible), or these guys aren’t being completely honest. Because I don’t know how every Sunday can always be the best Sunday since Adam and Eve were created. Here’s how I know I’m right. Paul gives some advice to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2. He says, “be instant in season, out of season.”

This teaches me a couple of things. First of all, there are “seasons” in ministry. You may have a Sunday that you think is the BEST EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. And then you may have a Sunday where you think it couldn’t get any worse. Don’t freak out. There are seasons to this thing.

It also teaches me that through the ups and downs of ministry, we need to be consistent. That’s what the word “instant” means here – to be ready, prepared, and consistent no matter what. So, here are two thoughts for the “ins and outs” or “ups and downs” of ministry.  Continue reading

How to Make the Most of Monday

Oh yes. It’s Monday again. I know what that means. You are so excited! What? Not excited? Monday’s not your favorite day of the week? I’m shocked! Seriously, if we were to take an “unscientific poll” here I don’t know if anyone would select Monday as their favorite day of the week.

As a pastor, Mondays can be pretty tough. Here’s what I said on twitter a couple of weeks ago.

Today, for most pastors, is known as “Mack-Truck-Monday.” No matter how great Sunday was, you feel like you’ve been hit by an 18-wheeler!

Some pastors call it the “Holy Hangover,” I kind of like “Mack-Truck Monday.” Whatever you call it, I want to encourage you to make the most of Monday. Here’s how. Continue reading

Stop Whining About Being a Pastor

Dear pastor friend. I love you. I mean it. I really do. But would you please stop whining about being a pastor? I don’t want to sound rude. Nor do I intend to minimize the stress you’re under. I’m with you. I’m for you. I’m one of you. But please stop whining about being a pastor.

I love pastors. And that’s the main reason I’m writing this post. The dirty little secret is – far too often when pastors get together at conferences or conventions all they do is whine and complain. Here are four encouragements to the pastor who may find himself whining.  Continue reading

Too Many Christians Are Like Siri

Most of you have heard of the highly touted artificial intelligence feature on the new iPhones call “Siri.” Since January, I’ve had one of those new-fangled iPhones with this software that’s supposed to change my life.

If you pay attention to those iPhone commercials you would think Siri would be revolutionary and life-changing. You’ve seen them right? Where famous people have a conversation with Siri. It’s almost breathtaking. They’re talking to their phone! Simply amazing.

There’s only one problem. It just doesn’t work like that. Continue reading