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Good News: Not a Typical Sunday

My Sundays usually follow a regular pattern. The morning is spent at church, likely followed by a nap and then an evening swimming with the kids. The only thing hat happened today was the...

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Pastors and Titles

I have had numerous titles during my ministry career. I have been pastor, reverend, padre, chaplain, captain and hopefully soon, doctor. But what titles, if any, should a pastor use? In my first ministry...

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Pastors Don’t Need a Day Off

“The devil doesn’t take a day off and so neither should the pastor.” Have you ever heard that one? But then again, perhaps Satan is not the best model for healthy leadership. At the...

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On Being a Pastor and Teacher

Between my time as the pastor of Woodford Baptist Church/First Baptist Church Meaford and my current church of Queen Street Baptist Church, I had an opportunity to wrestle with my calling. During that time,...

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My 4 Priorities as a Pastor

What does a pastor do? There are different types of pastors (solo, lead, associate, youth, executive) and so there are different responsibilities. But I can share what my priorities are in my role as...

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5 Ways For Pastors to Avoid Burnout

While pastoral ministry is a very rewarding career, it can easily lead to burnout. Back in 2010, The New York Times published an article on pastoral burnout. The findings have surfaced with ominous regularity...

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Don’t Be That Christian!

I encounter a lot of objections to Christianity.  While I have read many posts by atheists, the most difficult to my faith are posts by people who label themselves Christians. There are Christians who...

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Bullying Also Happens in the Church

People with disabilities are too often the target for bullying. Those who have communication or cognitive challenges are particularly vulnerable as they may have difficulty reporting the bullying. Ideally, the church would be a...

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The Church and People With Mild Autism

I think that there has been some improvement in the church’s willingness to embrace and minister to people with autism and their families. But often the people with autism that the church has in...

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4 Myths About Baptists

I was not raised as a Baptist, but I feel very much at home within a Baptist church. However, when people find out that I’m a Baptist, I sometime encounter some stereotypical judgments about...

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Good News: Rhythm Section

My good news for this week has to do with a decision my son and I have made. I am very sensitive about trying to force my children to go to church. There definitely...

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Your Church Needs a Website!

Why You Need a Website I’m amazed at how many churches still do not have a website. Perhaps there are some who do not know how to create one or who think it costs...

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5 Questions Pastors Should Ask at the Beginning of the Ministry Year 0

5 Questions Pastors Should Ask at the Beginning of the Ministry Year

Although the financial year for a church might start in January, the ministry year really starts in September. As I write this, September is just a couple of days away. Pastors should not just...

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Research That Demonstrates the Need For Apologetics

I continue to hear from Christian leaders that there is no need for apologetics. People are looking for community and experience and are not impacted by intellectual arguments. Apologetics belonged a modernistic vision of...

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Churches Need More of an Inward Focus

What?! Am I out of my mind? Pastors and other church leaders have been working hard for decades to get congregations to move from an inward to an outward focus. We have finally made...

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How I Was Called Into Pastoral Ministry

I really enjoying being the pastor of a local congregation. It is a fulfilling and stretching career. But how did I get to this point? What led me to pastoral ministry? This post is...

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5 Ways a Church Can Support Their Pastor

Being the pastor of a church can be a rewarding experiencing. However, much of that depends on the nature of the congregation. Individuals within a church have the power to make or break the...

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Why You Should Get a Master of Divinity Degree

Perhaps you are considering attending seminary and getting a theological degree. But what degree should you pursue? I would like to put forth the case for getting a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree. The...

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Don’t Be That Pastor

I recently wrote a blog post called Don’t Be That Apologist, where I gave some examples of apologists (without names) that are bad examples. I thought I would do the same thing for pastors. As...

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4 Questions Pastors Need to Ask

The unfortunate reality is that not all pastors finish well. We hear about the pastors of megachurches who have moral failures but it happens in small churches all the time. The key is not...

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Terrorism, Race Riots and the World We Live In 0

Terrorism, Race Riots and the World We Live In

This is a heartbreaking time that we live in. We live in a world where we can watch a black man killed by a police officer live on the internet. We live in a...

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Race Relations and the Church

My heart is breaking as I watch the events that are currently taking place in the United States around race relations. The killing of both black men and white police officers is so wrong....

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How to Pray for Families With Autism

I was speaking with one of our deacons this morning about the importance of prayer. We were saying that even if a person is not able to volunteer for a ministry, they can always...

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Autistic Children Grow Up

There is an increasing amount of awareness and resources about ministering to children with autism. Of this, I’m grateful. In fact I hope that this blog and my book are contributing to this. In...

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5 Tips for Associate Pastors

Being an associate pastor can be a very rewarding ministry in a local church. One of the advantages of being an associate pastor is that you often have a more focused ministry portfolio than...

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How Many Hours Should a Pastor Work?

I once talked to a pastor who said that they expected pastors to work 50 hours a week. Their reasoning was that they expect each church member to volunteer ten hours a week plus...

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Autism, Theology and Baptism

I recently had the privilege of baptizing my daughter. For context, I’m a Baptist pastor and so we baptize believers as opposed to infants. While Emma is our first to be baptized, she is...

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Thoughts on Baptism

My understanding of baptism has evolved quite a bit over the years. Obviously moving from my Anglican upbringing to my current Baptist pastoral ministry required some change. However, even that change has been complex....

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Should Churches Have a Greeting Time?

I grew up in the Anglican church and one of the parts of the service was the “passing of the peace.” It was a time during the service where you could turn to people...

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4 Things That Pastors Need to Remember About Their Congregation 1

4 Things That Pastors Need to Remember About Their Congregation

One of the biggest challenges for pastors is preparing one sermon for a congregation that is extremely diverse in their knowledge and experience. It is impossible to design a message that will touch everyone...

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20 Things I Have Learned in 20 Years of Ministry

The very first pastoral role that I had began twenty years ago in 1996. I began my studies at McMaster Divinity College and my field placement was as a youth pastor of a combined...

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Leading Your Church Through Change

Carey Nieuwhof has led more change in his church in the last 10 years than most pastors will lead in 10 lifetimes! Carey is a “must listen to” leader for church leaders wanting to...

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What I Look for in Worship Music

The “experts” would probably say that the worship wars are over or at least a non-issue. I would say that things have changed but feelings have not diminished. What I saw decades ago was...

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Growing God’s Church

All Christians should be interested in seeing the Church grow and people come to faith in Jesus. A helpful resource in this conversation is Growing God’s Church: How People Are Actually Coming to Faith...

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How Should a Pastor Dress?

I recently came across a blog post called Does It Matter How the Preacher Dresses? written by Joe McKeever. It is an interesting article and is worth reading. For some traditions, this is not...

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Forcing Our Children to Go to Church

Do you force your children to go to church? Were you forced to go to church when you were a child? I remember when I was about sixteen and my mother asked me if...

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5 Mistakes Pastors Make

Pastors are just as human as everyone else. This means that mistakes are made. The first step is to just be aware of these temptations. Here are five of the most common mistakes that...

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How I Went From an Ex-Pastor to an Ex-Ex-Pastor

Or how I felt it was time to return to pastoral ministry Friends of mine and long-time readers of this blog will be familiar with my transition three years ago from a pastor to an...

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