How Should Churches Look at Past Ministry?

Leadership and Ministry

I have had people in my congregation make comments like, “This ministry was done thirty years ago and worked, filling the church, we should go back and do that.” The problem with that thinking is […]

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What Churches Need to Know About People With Disabilities

Disability and Faith

Yesterday, we had a town hall meeting at our church. This was to look at, among other things, ways we do outreach and ways we welcome. Numerous topics came up and one of them was […]

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Top Five Things I Have Learned As a Pastor

Leadership and Ministry

I have had the role of a pastor, on and off, for over twenty years. It is an important part of my identity and I’m thankful to be able to serve in this way. As […]

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Pastors and the Imposter Syndrome

I first heard of the imposter syndrome in the context of blogging. Bloggers often write from the perspective of an “expert,” giving advice in a specific area. But it is not uncommon for bloggers to […]

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When Pastors Mess Up

Pastors

This is not about when pastors mess up by having an affair, developing an addiction or being financially dishonest. I’m talking about the regular mistakes that pastors make on a regular basis. They are common […]

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Pastors and the B-Word

Leadership and Ministry

As a pastor, I try not to use the b-word. Which b-word? Busy. This is a change for me. Years ago, when people would ask how I was doing, I would always respond with “busy.” […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Plan to Finish Well

Leadership and Ministry

When it comes to ministry, we can look at our past and our present. But what about our future? Specifically, how our ministry will end? Our pastoral ministry will end, the question is whether it […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Focus on the Family

Pastor

There is much respect given to pastors who work long hours and who are always available to their congregation. But that doesn’t mean they are good pastors. What about their family? At one time there […]

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31 Days to Becoming a Better Pastor: Connect With Other Pastors

Pastor

One of the frequent descriptions of pastoral ministry concerns the loneliness of being a pastor. It doesn’t have to be that way. While I think it is good to have friends within the congregation, it […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Remember Your Call

Pastor

I am not the best pastor in the world nor do I have all the answers. But I have been pastoring for over twenty years and have been able to serve in a variety of […]

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A Challenge For Pastors in the New Year

Mission Statement

There was a time not long ago when it was trendy fir churches to develop vision/mission statements. We don’t hear as much about it now, perhaps because most churches have now adopted one and so […]

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Good News: Thankful to Be Pastoring Again

Good News

It is hard to believe that only three years ago, I didn’t think that I would ever pastor a church again. It is not that I had a bad experience at my previous churches. I […]

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Who Should Sunday Worship Services Be Aimed At?

Sunday Worship

One of the things that I have noticed about contemporary Christian ministry is there is disagreement over the purpose and aim of Sunday worship services. The two options for the focus are: Christians who are […]

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Forcing Big Church Ministry on Small Churches

Small Church

Some of the most helpful lessons I have learned have been from my own mistakes. This includes discovering the difference between big and small churches. At the time that I was called into ministry, I […]

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How Long Should a Sermon Series Be?

Sermon

I don’t think that there is any one answer to how long a sermon series should be. At the same time, there are some good decisions we can make to help our messages be most […]

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6 Steps I Take Toward Healthy Ministry

Ministry

As I write this, it is the beginning of September. As a pastor of a church, in many ways this is the beginning of the ministry year. After a couple of months of a relaxed […]

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The New Worship War

Leadership and Ministry

A number of decades ago, a conflict erupted over the style of worship. Some congregations felt that the traditional hymns were the way to go and others wanted newer “choruses.” This was not the first […]

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My Four Greatest Temptations as a Pastor

Pastor

When I was studying at seminary, we were told that the greatest temptations for a pastor were sex and money. I have no doubt that many pastors have stumbled in these areas. However, this has […]

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5 Things I Need to Remind Myself as a Pastor

Leadership and Ministry

I love being a pastor. It is one of the most fulfilling things I have done. But it is easy to lose focus. I need to remind myself of some important truths on a regular […]

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Why I Teach Apologetics at My Church

Apologetics and Theology

My primary role in ministry is as a pastor of a local congregation. Why then do I choose to teach apologetics at my church? Is this just a case of me pushing my interests on […]

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What Gardening Has Taught Me About Church Ministry

Leadership and Ministry

I am no expert at gardening. In fact this is my first year of even attempting to grow vegetables. In the past, we enjoyed the flowers that previous people planted but even then never weeded […]

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5 Things I Love About Small Churches

Small Churches

I have been most involved in small churches throughout my life. Except for a few years where I attended a church that was close to 1000 people, I have generally attended (and pastored) smaller churches. […]

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Pastors: Shepherds or Entrepreneurs?

Leadership and Ministry

As a pastor, I’m very interested in discussing the role of my calling. If I don’t understand the role of the pastor, there is no way to know if I’m successful or not. I recently […]

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An Interview With Darryl Dash on Church Leadership

Hope's Reason

In this episode, I have the opportunity to talk with Darryl Dash. Darryl is the founding pastor of Liberty Grace Church in Toronto. We had a great conversation about what ministry looks like and his […]

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7 Ways Pastors Can Begin to Integrate Apologetics into Their Ministry

Apologetics

I believe that apologetics is important and not just for those interested in apologetics. Apologetics is especially important for pastors, whether they like it or not. The fact is that there is a steady stream […]

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Good News: Encouraged By Church

September is the beginning of the new ministry year at church. This is also my first September at Queen Street Baptist Church. I always hope for good things but at the same time I never […]

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

Leadership and Ministry

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 walk […]

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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 MDiv […]

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Don’t Be That Pastor

Leadership and Ministry

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 a […]

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5 Things That I Love About Being a Pastor

Pastor

I first had the role of a pastor in 1996 and have been ordained since 2001. I have been a youth pastor, associate pastor and solo pastor. I have been in traditional and contemporary churches, […]

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20 Things I Have Learned in 20 Years of Ministry

Leadership

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 Pentecostal […]

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Effective Generational Ministry

Effective Generational Ministry

Churches need to reach people with the love and truth of Jesus Christ. But how do we do that? The Gospel does not change but whether Christians like it or not, different people respond to […]

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Why Apologetics is Essential to Being a Pastor

Apologetics

I sometimes encounter resistance by pastors about the value of apologetics. I have also heard from laypeople who have had negative experiences talking to their pastors about apologetics. I would like to argue that not […]

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5 Reasons Churches Are Afraid of Disability Ministry

Disability and Faith

Is your church ready to minister to families with disabilities? Perhaps you want to but have some fears about how that would look like. The following are some observations from someone who is both a […]

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Good News: Returning to Pastoral Ministry

Good News

Just over three years ago I left pastoral ministry after nine years of pastoring at Woodford and First Baptist Church Meaford. I had a great experience at those churches and nothing took place that turned […]

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5 Mistakes Pastors Make

Pastors

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 I […]

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Is the Pastor on Vacation Again?

Vacation

You show up for church and find that there is a guest preacher. Is that pastor on vacation again? I have heard such statements, about myself and about other pastors. People in the church seem […]

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Blessed With Ministry

Today was my last day as an “adjunct pastor” at Toronto Chinese Baptist Church. I have been there since the beginning of May. My purpose was to give their English Pastor, Nolan Lee the time […]

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Ministry and Disabilities Online Training

Disabilities

While much of what I do is encouraging churches to have the right attitude, there is an important need for training. As a result, I was very happy to see that Biblical Training is offering […]

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My Good News is Made in China

As some of you may know, I have been semi-unemployed since November. What is “semi-unemployed”? I have two part-time jobs (teaching and military chaplaincy) but I don’t have a full-time job, nor do my two […]

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Becoming Pre-Autism Friendly

Autism Friendly

What if you want your church to be autism-friendly but you don’t have any families with autism in your church? Image by pixaby I’m glad you asked!  This is exactly the time to be thinking […]

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How to Make Your Church Autism Friendly – Print Edition

One of my most personal projects has been How to Make Your Church Autism-Friendly. It has been available in Kindle for some time. However, I understand that it would be more helpful for the people […]

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7 Things Churches Need to Know About Autism

Disability and Faith

One of my goals is to equip churches to minister to families dealing with disabilities, especially autism. I have an ebook planned on this very topic. This post is aimed at the mid-sized to small church […]

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5 Tips to Prevent Pastor Burnout

Leadership and Ministry

Being in pastoral ministry is one of the most rewarding careers available. At the same time it is stressful and there are all too many cases of burnout. Pastoral ministry does not have to lead to […]

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Does God Call People into the Ministry?

Leadership and Ministry

The question of God’s call to ministry is something that has very much been on my mind. The reason for this is that I truly believed that God called me into the ministry and yet […]

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5 Ways to Bless Your Pastor

I pastored for fourteen years. While I have lots yet to learn, I did come to understand some things. As a person who now attends rather than pastoring a church, some of those lessons have […]

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5 Ways That Pastors Can Introduce Apologetics Into Their Ministry

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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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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Confessions of an Ex-Pastor

It always broke my heart when I would read stories of how a pastor had a bad experience at a church and quit ministry out of anger, pain and frustration.  I would hear those stories […]

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