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Weekly Blog

Be an Olympian: 3 ways to manage the pace of ministry

This is the last post for vocational wellness month. Reading time: two minutes. The gold and silver medals in the women’s marathon went to runners from Kenya, clearly the class of the field. Molly Seidel from Wisconsin beat the crowd and took the bronze by managing her pace. Ministry is… Read More

“Herd Humility”

The answer is “herd humility.” The question is, “What’s the solution to church worker burnout?” C. S. Lewis said of the truly humble person, “He will not be thinking about Humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.” Jesus described the kind of “herd humility” that he expected… Read More

Lessons on joy from Jethro and Mordecai

The football analogy is a good one: the church is like 22 football players on the field desperately in need of rest, being watched by thousands of people in the stands who are desperately in need of exercise. A wise friend and Elder once told me, “Darrell, you preach with… Read More

Honor God by doing less

Most Pastors, (and many other church work professionals), could use a Jethro. Jethro was the guy who told Moses, “Slow down! One person trying to do it all by himself was never God’s design for ministry!” (See Exodus 18 for the full story.) Sometimes we honor God by doing less. Read More

Are YOU ready to flourish in ministry?

I’ll get a new car when the wheels fall off my ’06 Malibu. I’ll probably get stranded by the roadside one day, but I’m okay with that. I only drive it around town and my contingency plan to Uber over to a used car dealer will work just fine. I’m… Read More

The wellness question I hope you CAN’T answer!

The mission of Grace Place Wellness is to help you ask and answer the important questions: “How are you, spiritually, physically, relationally?” “What brings you the greatest joy in ministry? How’s your joy?” Your answers to the questions help you seek the healing grace of Christ for vitality and joy… Read More

God loves you. Don’t argue.

Best t-shirt ever: WORLD’S OKAYEST PASTOR This is not a competition, you know. Pastors may like to compare advanced degrees, mission trip destinations and average weekly attendance (how’s that working out this year?), but God doesn’t. This is not a test. You’re not getting graded on a curve. Jesus already… Read More

Living the “free and merry” Ephesian way!

How’s your spirit? “Free and merry”? We’re hounded by so many “so many’s” (so many expectations, so many calls to make, so many meetings to attend…) it’s not easy to face the tasks of the day in the free and merry spirit the Lord desires. You’re not alone. It’s an… Read More

Integrate your home and church life.

Didn’t I say to set boundaries two weeks ago? This is different. Boundaries means establishing where the church ends and your family life begins. Integrity means being the same person at home that you are at the church. We hear this complaint in a variety of forms from minister’s spouses… Read More

Give your marriage a lift: See a counselor!

My last two blogs were a waste of time. Let’s fix that. I wrote, “Have a deep conversation with your spouse!” and then, “Set some good boundaries at home!” Yeah, yeah, blah, blah, blah. You’ve heard it all before a thousand times. I bet Barna would tell me, “Darrell, your… Read More

Knowing where church ends and family begins.

It’s commonly called “the conflicting loyalties of church and home.” The constant tug in both directions can make church work professionals feel like the whirling blades of a blender. The danger is that appropriate boundaries are disintegrated and church and home get mushed together into one indiscernibly muddled mess. Here’s… Read More