The Role of a Military Chaplain

Leadership and Ministry

One of the most fulfilling parts of my ministry is my role as an army chaplain (commonly called a padre). I love being a padre and having the opportunity to both get to know the […]

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A Really Big Show

Leadership and Ministry

Many years ago, Ed Sullivan was famous for introducing his television program by saying, “It’s a really big show tonight.” In his case, it was appropriate as he introduced such bands as the Beatles. My […]

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Reasons Why Outreach Programs Fail

Pastors understand that outreach programs are important. Even if Jesus did not command us to, we would need them to keep our churches active. The problem is that only a minority of these programs actually […]

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Are You an Outwardly Focused Church?

There was a time when churches could be inwardly focused and the pews would still be full. Those days are gone. But how can churches be outwardly focused? Thom Rainer provides seven habits of outwardly […]

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9 Things Pastors Would Like to Tell Their Congregation

Leadership and Ministry

I want to tell you a secret. Are you listening? Pastors are human. Thom Rainer shares some things that pastors would like to say. While not all pastors would agree to all nine, as a […]

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Dear Pastor

Apologetics and Theology

I know that you have a lot on your plate. You need to prepare sermons, organize a worship service, visit the sick and shut-ins and attend meetings. As society moves farther into the post-Christian era, […]

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Preacher Voice

Leadership and Ministry

There are a lot of resources for preachers out there. There is instruction on how to do exegesis, how to organize a sermon, how to put together introductions/conclusions and how to use illustrations. My advice […]

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8 Reasons Not to Go to Church

Thom Rainer is talented at putting his finger on what is happening in the church. He does it again in this post on church attendance. It is not good enough to do the same things […]

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Church Planting in Canada

Leadership and Ministry

I truly believe that the future of the church is not mega-churches getting bigger but smaller churches getting planting. Having said that, it is a lot harder to plant a church. There are some great […]

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Pastors, Congregations and Expectations

When people leave a church, the most common reason is, “I just wasn’t being fed.” So they go to some other church where they are fed, until they find another church that will feed them […]

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Everybody Gets to Play

Leadership and Ministry

Christian leaders will admit that we do not always see people in the same way. It is easy to value people who are loaded with ministry gifts more than those who are only bringing needs. […]

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10 Pastors to Be Concerned About

Leadership and Ministry

This is not a list of names but rather ten types of pastors that we should be concerned about. You may be able to place names into each type. I appreciate this post by Scott […]

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Top 20 Blogs Every Christian Leader Should Read

Leadership and Ministry

Leaders are always seeking to learn. Not everyone has time to read books and even if they do, it takes a while to get to the conclusion. Many leaders need leadership tips in smaller but […]

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What Does it Mean to Be a Red Letter Christian?

Leadership and Ministry

Shane Claiborne has been influential in the Red Letter Christian movement. Learn in this video what that is all about.

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5 Ways That Pastors Can Introduce Apologetics Into Their Ministry

Apologetics and Theology

So you are a pastor who has caught a vision for apologetics. But how do you do that? Will people be overwhelmed? How do you bring up apologetics in a non-academic setting? Here are five […]

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10 Trends in Pastoral Employment

Leadership and Ministry

Gone are the days of a mid-size church with one solo pastor. Pastoral employment now has a number of permutations. What are the current trends? Thom Rainer shares what is happening in this interesting post.

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People-Pleasing Pastors

One of the most dangerous traps for pastors is that of people-pleasing. The problem is that it is so easy to fall into. It is natural for us to be popular and to avoid conflict. […]

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That Dreaded Question

Leadership and Ministry

There is one question that pastors hate more than any other when getting together at conferences or other functions. Yes, it is worse than, “So how much do you make?” The worst question is, “How […]

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What Does Your Church Say?

Leadership and Ministry

One of the most useful activities is to walk through your church as if you were a visitor coming for the very first time. What would you see? What would your first opinions be? Thom […]

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Affordable Resources for Churches

Leadership and Ministry

I know from experience that not all churches have the money to get the professional services that they want. Do you need to spend hundreds of dollars for graphic design and other services? Would you […]

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The Friendless Pastor

Christian leaders often talk about the lonely pastor. This is more than a cliche, it is the truth. Friendships within the church are complicated and yet pastors spend most of their time with people in […]

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4 Things for a Preacher to Remember

Preacher

Pulpit ministry is both a tremendous privilege and responsibility. For many people in the congregation, it is their only interaction with the Bible. A pastor cannot take this lightly. It is not enough to just […]

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5 Frustrations of Pastoral Ministry (or Why Would Anyone Choose Pastoral Ministry?)

Leadership and Ministry

A guest post by Deane Proctor. This column risks coming off as some sort of pastoral pity-party but it’s really not meant to be. I’m very pleased and honored to have been called to serve […]

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5 Essential Aspects of Being a Leader

Leader

People lead, whether or not they have an official position. Many people are leaders, the question is about whether they are good or bad leaders. I have learned a thing our two about leadership in […]

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How to Be a Better Leader

Leadership and Ministry

If you are a leader, whether within the church or in another context, you likely want to be a better leader. If you don’t, then you need to be a better leader. I found this […]

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Crazy Busy

A guest book review by Deane Proctor, pastor of Queensway Baptist Church of Crazy Busy. Like most Christian leaders, the number of books in my “to read” pile is getting out of hand. Too little time, too […]

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Leadership in the Digital Age

Leadership and Ministry

I have talked to and have listened to some Christian leaders who have stated that they keep away from social media as a matter of principle. They liked things the way they were before the […]

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Pillars of a Strong Ministry

Ministry

Every Christian leader wants to have a strong ministry. But a strong ministry does not come automatically from standing behind a pulpit. There are certain things that are needed. Brandon Cox shares three pillars for […]

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Preaching With Powerpoint

Leadership and Ministry

I remember when PowerPoint was first introduced into preaching. All that mattered was that you had PowerPoint, it did not matter how you used it. Now people have seen it so often, they know the […]

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7 Things an Associate Pastor Needs to Remember

Leadership and Ministry

In my ministry career, I was a youth pastor for five years and an associate pastor for two years. I then spent nine years as a solo pastor. There are a lot of challenges to […]

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How Not to Be a Weak Leader

Leadership and Ministry

It is relatively easy to be a leader in the church. The question is, will you be a strong or a weak leader? Michael Hyatt uses the example of Civil War general George McClellan to […]

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Filters for Decision Making

Leadership and Ministry

Leaders often get great ideas for programs or projects. But is it the right idea or is it the right time? Perry Noble offers nine filters for decision making. I find this very helpful.

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Too Many Preachers Are Speaking in Tongues

This is not an attack on Pentecostals. Rather it is so easy to preach in a way that people do not understand. The two extremes are that preachers give sermons heavy with theological terms or […]

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What Kind of Pastor Am I?

As someone who has pastored for over a decade, I understand how easy it is lose your way. I don’t mean falling into sin, but forgetting why you do what you do. With all the […]

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The Cynics Have Returned

Leadership and Ministry

In the early church, Christians faced opposition by the competing philosophy of Cynicism. Today the cynics have returned, but in a different form. There is a cynical attitude that has the potential rip apart churches. […]

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Leading a Church to Become More Evangelistic

Evangelistic

I know from experience that it is very easy for a church to get caught up in its own programs. As long as the people are happy and the bills are getting paid, things are […]

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Seven Warning Signs of Affairs for Pastors

One of the saddest things to hear are stories of pastors or other church staff who end up destroying their families and ministries with affairs. What is really sad is that this is preventable. Thom […]

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Youth Ministry: Good or Bad?

There has been much talk lately about the benefits and drawbacks of youth ministry. Some have gone as far as saying that youth ministry destroys teenage faith and the whole idea of youth ministry should […]

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Karl Barth on Proclamation

The news which the Church has to proclaim is that in virtue of what has happened in Jesus Christ man can now live with God in faith and love and hope, on the ground of […]

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Rachel Held Evans is Right But I Still Disagree With Her

Rachel Held Evans

In a recent CNN Belief Blog, popular author and speaker Rachel Held Evans wrote on Why Millennials Are Leaving the Church. This is an area that I am very much interested in and so I […]

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Youth Ministry: Now and Not Yet

Leadership and Ministry

When I went into vocational ministry, I started as a youth pastor.  I have always been interested in youth ministry, as it was in my mid-teens that I left the church. Would things have been […]

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Hemorrhaging Faith

Leadership and Ministry

As one very interested in the faith landscape in Canada, one of the great resources available is that of Hemorrhaging Faith.  This is a study that has been done by a number of groups looking […]

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Autism and the Church

Statistics tell us that the autism rates are extremely high.  According to the Autism Society of America, 1 out of every 88 births have autism.  I would guarantee that the rates of children with autism […]

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Leadership Lessons from Captain Kirk

As a Star Trek fan (not a Trekkie), I appreciate these leadership lessons from Captain Kirk put together by Alex Knapp at Forbes.  You can read all about it here.

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Get Off Your Knees and Pray

Nehemiah 1:4-11 Introduction In every area of life, but especially in trying to live the Christian life, people tend to extremes.  It is either all this way or all that way.  As we have been […]

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Hugh Halter on the Church

This week I have been at our denominational Assembly.  Our speaker this year has been Hugh Halter.  I have enjoyed what he has had to say and I thought I would comment on what I […]

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Ministry Reflection Ten

Ministry

As I celebrate ten years of ordained ministry, I would like to conclude with an important thought.  Leadership is not something you do and if it could exist in a vacuum.  This is especially true […]

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Ministry Reflection Nine

Ministry

The reality of ministry is NOT that there are certain emotional and spiritually healthy people who pastor the rest of the people who are a weak and in need.  The reality of ministry is that […]

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Ministry Reflection Eight

Ministry

Christian leaders need to learn to take a compliment.  Early on I picked up on the assumption that pastors are supposed to reject all compliments.  If someone tells you they enjoyed your sermon/Bible study/article, quickly […]

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Ministry Reflection Seven

Ministry

How does a Christian leader grow spiritually?  It is all about about spiritual discipline.  First you have to hire a spiritual mentor.  Then you have to find a monastery in an exotic location.  You need […]

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Ministry Reflection Six

Leadership and Ministry

The other day my son looked both ways before crossing the street.  He made sure to mention to me what he was doing in case I did not notice.  I was impressed.  I asked if […]

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Ministry Reflection Four

Ministry

My experience in ministry is that the number one motivator for people is encouragement.  Not everyone agrees with this.  I worked with one pastor who told me that if I was doing a good job […]

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Ministry Reflection One

Ministry

This spring will be the tenth anniversary of my ordination.  Over the next couple of months, I am going to share ten reflections from my ministry experience. The first thing I want to share is […]

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Staying Organized

Organized

For the past number of years I have been using a “to do” list that had all the things I wanted to do that week.  It has helped to get me more organized.  With this […]

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John Wesley on the Preacher’s Comfort

Leadership and Ministry

“What marvel the Devil does not like field-preaching! neither do I; I love a commodious room, a soft cushion, an handsome pulpit; but where is my zeal, if I do not trample all these under […]

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Virtual Preaching

Leadership and Ministry

CNN has an interesting article on virtual preaching where a sermon is broadcast to other sites from a central location.  You can read the article here.  I know that I have no desire to be […]

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Silencing Police

If you have been to church in the last twenty years, you have likely heard a cell phone go off.  Here is a very funny video on how a church could respond. Tripp & Tyler […]

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Finding Balance in Ministry

Ministry

I was drawn to this story about evangelist Peter Youngren.  His church in St. Catharines (originally called Word of Life) was just down the street from the church I used to attend.  I visited his […]

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The Cross and Christian Ministry

Cross and Christian Ministry

I recently read D.A. Carson’s The Cross and Christian Ministry.  I picked up this book as a potential text book for a course I am teaching in the summer on 1 Corinthians at Tyndale.  I […]

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Online Worship Services

Online Worship Services

One of the big questions today is the validity of online worship service.  I think that online campuses can be good and helpful but I also strongly believe that it is important to have actual […]

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Arrow Leadership Program

Arrow Leadership

A number of years ago, I was at the annual assembly of the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec.  The speaker was someone I was not familiar with named Carson Pue.  I was captivated with […]

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

I finally got around to reading Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  I had listened to the CD of his First Things First (based on the third habit) and had enjoyed it. […]

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Nooma

Nooma

It is always a challenge to come up with a good small group study.  Sometimes we do traditional Bible studies and sometimes we study a book by some Christian author.  This year we decided to […]

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Mentoring Leaders

Mentoring Leaders

One of the most important experiences of my ministry career has been training with Arrow Leadership Ministries.  Arrow’s president is Carson Pue, a man I have come to respect greatly for his love for God […]

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5 Questions for Effective Communication

I have been enjoying Andy Stanley’s leadership podcast.  It is a great resource that I would highly recommend.  One of the podcasts that I particularly enjoyed was on effective communication.  This would include preaching as […]

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Making Peace

Leadership and Ministry

I just finished read in a very helpful book on conflict resolution called Making Peace: A Guide to Overcoming Church Conflict by Jim Van Yperen.  This book is very practical and it lays out steps that […]

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Reformed Pastor

Leadership and Ministry

I just finished reading Richard Baxter’s The Reformed Pastor.  Baxter was a Puritan pastor and writer who lived from 1615-1691.  I was not sure what to expect from this book.  I do not have much […]

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Reformed Theological Seminary

Reformed Theological Seminary

For pastors who want a refresher or another perspective, and for lay leaders in the church who can not head off to seminary, a great resource on the Internet is Reformed Theological Seminary’s virtual campus.  […]

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Unstuck

Everyone at one time or another feels stuck.  Organizations or churches get to a certain spot and then just can not move forward.  One of the books that I had to read for the Arrow […]

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