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Research on church worker wellness: what you should know

Reading time: two minutes. Clergy anxiety and burnout was first identified as a significant issue nearly a century ago, and has been researched for decades, with recent emphasis on the wellbeing of all church work employees. Here are some statistics that have been consistently reported for decades that I think… Read More

How do you feed your resilience?

Monthly theme: Resilience Reading time: two minutes When you feed your exhaustion more than you feed your resilience, your exhaustion wins. Resilience, the ability to replenish your capacity for service, needs care. It’s like a bank account; you can only make so many withdrawals. But there are ways to feed… Read More

Who are your “Resilience All-Stars” (Han Solo)?

Monthly theme: Resilience Reading time: two minutes Han Solo never flew solo. The Lone Ranger had a faithful companion. Ministry is hard, so don’t try it alone. Elijah’s lament at his lowest point of despair was, “I’m the only one left!” (1 Kings 19:10, and again in 19:14!) The Lord’s… Read More

When you’re hurting, Jesus still heals!

Monthly theme: Resilience Reading time: two minutes The Boo-Boo Bunny lives in our freezer. She’s a little pink, fuzzy critter with a plastic frozen cube inside her. When one of the grandkids takes a tumble and comes up crying, we head for the Boo-Boo Bunny. A bump, a scrape, a… Read More

When you’re hurting, be sure to say, “Ouch!”

Monthly theme: Resilience Reading time: two minutes Movie Trivia: Who said, “‘Tis but a scratch!”? (Hint: He said it after King Arthur lopped off one of his arms in a swordfight.) He also said, “I’ve had worse,” and shouted after losing both arms and legs, “I’M INVINCIBLE!” You got it;… Read More

“Imitate me!” (Seriously? YOU?)

Monthly theme: Identity Reading time: two minutes You’re an example for others to follow. It comes with the territory. Paul wrote those under his shepherding care on numerous occasions, “Imitate me,” or “Follow my example.” How does that grab you? It kind of sounds pretentious. It’s certainly humbling. Maybe humiliating… Read More

Let the shepherd be shepherded

Monthly theme: Identity Reading time: one minute (take a break!) Three quick thoughts… First, nicely done. Lent means a lot of hard work. Thank you! Second, remember that shepherding your flock through the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week and Easter is a messy business. The idealized version… Read More

You’ve got nothing to say, so speak like thunder!

Monthly theme: Identity Reading time: two minutes Ever sit down to write a sermon and think, “I’ve got nothing”? Good. Now you’re ready. I laughed at the silliness of the cartoon, a preacher at his desk under an enormous wall of books, thinking to himself, “I wish I could think… Read More

You’re not qualified. (That’s what makes you qualified!)

Monthly theme: Identity. Reading time: two minutes. Just who do you think you are? It’s that time of year that makes you wonder. Easter Sunday is looming just a few weeks away. There’s urgency to get this right. Tremendous opportunity. And you’re the Pastor. Seriously? Maybe it’s exhaustion. Maybe it’s… Read More

You’re tired. You’re needed! You’ve earned a little break.

Reading time: two minutes. You’re half-way through Lent. You tried to get everything ready for extra worship services and Holy Week in advance, but you still feel like you’re playing catch-up. You deserve a mid-Lenten mini-break. Here’s why. It’s the oxygen mask speech on the airplane. You’re traveling through Lent… Read More

Are you fruitful? Yes, you are! (Because you’re receptive)

Monthly theme: Receptivity Reading time: two minutes. In March, trees look different in the north and the south. Minnesota fruit trees appear to be lifeless (they’re not!) and Arizona fruit trees are dropping golden nuggets of harvest everywhere. You’re like that. You have seasons of harvest and also seasons of… Read More

As the Spirit leads, we’re learning to dance.

Monthly theme: Receptivity. Reading time: two minutes. Painting footprints on the floor is part of learning to dance, but dancing really happens when it flows from the heart. Learn the steps with your brain and your feet, then learn to glide across the floor as your dance partner takes the… Read More