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Pastors Need (Lots of) Other Pastors

The Lone Ranger never rode alone. Han Solo never flew solo. Peter had James and John. James had John and Peter. They all had Matthew and Thomas and Andrew and Philip and… (you get the idea). Paul had Barnabas and Timothy. And Silas. And Apollos. Pastors need other pastors. Lots… Read More

Alone Together: The Devotional Paradox

It’s personal. Sort of. But not private. Only you can discover your best practices for the spiritual disciplines of Word and Sacrament, prayer and worship, silence and solitude. But you discover your way best with the help of others, both ancient and contemporary. Dr. Myers and Dr. Briggs might suggest… Read More

“Peace be with you.” Nicely done.

Don’t be silly. Of course there are things you’d do differently. No Holy Week and Easter celebration ever goes perfectly. That’s kind of the point. If anyone should have regrets about their Easter, it would be the first disciples. Hand chosen, seminary trained by Jesus himself, and they still messed… Read More

Ready for Easter? Just say, “Not Ready!”

It’s the season of great reversals. The power of God was on display when God humbled himself and was nailed to a tree. The way to eternal life was paved by his lifeless body, laid in the tomb. Now this week, your faithful service begins in the same place as… Read More

This Week, Tend to Your Family

They pay a price for your ministry, you know. Before things get crazy busy for you during Holy Week and Easter, this might be a great time for some preventive family wellness. It’s a bit like getting the oil changed before a long trip, or a good stretch before a… Read More

A Lenten Journey of Your Own

So busy doing the Lord’s work, forgot about the Lord. Lent is a busy season that can have that effect on church workers. It’s intended to be a forty day journey into the wilderness. By reflecting on our Lord’s Passion, and in particular on the guilt of sin that drove… Read More

A Wellness Plan Is Congregational

Chicken? Egg? It’s the chicken. We know there’s a connection between healthy congregations and healthy church workers. Healthy leaders lead healthy congregations. Healthy congregations foster healthy leaders. Healthy leaders come first. I’m fortunate to come across many congregations that create an environment for ministry where ministers flourish. I’ve served at… Read More

A Wellness Plan Is Personal

God knows you need a wellness plan. I mean that in the purest sense. God knows you. He knows what you need. He wants you to spend some time getting to know yourself a bit better by reflecting on what you need to be at your very best, ready to… Read More

A Wellness Plan Is Simple

Don’t overdo it. We’ve helped people write wellness plans at our retreats for over 20 years. Most people, on the final days of the retreat, tend to overdo it. They try to plan to do way too much all at once. I try to say over and over, “Just this… Read More

A Wellness Plan Is Mission Focused

Timing is everything. In the Luke 14 Parable of the Great Banquet, when the Master called, “Come, for everything is now ready!” the invited guests all had excuses. The call to ministry is sort of like that. God creates opportunities for mission. He calls his servants to respond. A church… Read More

A Wellness Plan Is Biblical

Advice is cheap. And abundant. Everybody has an idea about what’s best for you. When God’s children respond to the Spirit’s urging to make healthy life choices, they turn to the Word of the Lord. Most advice we’re bombarded with is faulty at best and corrupt at worst. The way… Read More

A Wellness Plan is Realistic

Let’s get real. By wellness plan, I’m talking about how you will approach the daily and weekly disciplines of balanced self-care. By “realistic,” I mean two things. Your plan is not something you read in a book that you “should” do. It’s not imitating what someone else does. Realistic… Read More