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Do You Want My Attention or Do You Want My Care?

Which is more important to you? To receive a leader’s attention or receive their care? What if you turned the question around and looked at it from your leader’s perspective? “What is possible: to give each person all your attention or to give them your… Continue Reading …

Future Planning: What Do You Want to Do with Your Life?

What do you want to be when you grow up is one of the most mysterious questions you can ask a person. Planning your future is not an easy task. It takes time, insight, and wise advice. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on… Continue Reading …

Deadbeat Husband – Wife Left to Ponder Her Future

Member Question – I’m trying to help a wife figure out what to do with her future. She’s working on her marriage but wants to be used by God in ministry. And she desires to make money. What advice do you have for me? Listen… Continue Reading …

Five Ways You Can Love Your Church

The messiest place on earth outside our families should be the local church. Each family unit is a context where masks come off as we expose our real selves to each other. The local church is a macro context of the micro family. Listen to… Continue Reading …

What Kind Of Church Do You Attend? Here Are Six Models.

Each church has a unique personality that is a reflection of the leadership. What kind of church do you attend? In this article, I examine six common church models by looking at their upsides and downsides. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes,… Continue Reading …

Case Study: Unholy Trinity – Man, Ministry, Marriage

Case Study_ Unholy Trinity Man Ministry and Marriage

Biff loves the ministry. He enjoys it so much that his family is falling apart. He has been living a dual life for several years as he has secretly attempted to hold his family together while publicly telling others how to follow Christ. His approach… Continue Reading …

Case Study: Present But Not Accounted For

Case Study_ Present But Not Accounted For

The news of Biff and Mable’s daughter getting pregnant sent a shockwave of speculation through their local church. The pastors recommended marriage counseling, which you reluctantly agreed to do. After four weeks of intensive counseling, several things were becoming clear to you. Their 19-year marriage… Continue Reading …

Case Study: The Darker Side of Mable, the Ministry Mom

Case Study_ The Darker Side of Mable the Ministry Mom

Mable is the “go-to” gal in her church. When someone is struggling, Mable is the one who gets the call. Mable’s husband is passive and preoccupied. Biff checked out a long time ago, settling to be the breadwinner. You can imagine the shock of Mable’s… Continue Reading …

Case Study: Don’t Tell the Elders or I’ll Lose My Job

Case Study_ Don't Tell the Elders or I'll Lose My Job

Biff wants to be a pastor. To make matters worse, his parents believe in a two-tier Christian system: those who are in the ministry and those who are not. Biff is now 32 years old. His identity is wrapped up in what he does for… Continue Reading …

Two Reasons Why You Should Start Writing Today

On July 03, 2008, I posted my first weblog, not knowing if I would write another one. On July 04th, I wrote another article and thought, “That wasn’t too bad. I think I’ll write one tomorrow.” You may want to read: Why People Won’t Listen… Continue Reading …

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