Experience Health & Joy

Pastor? Person? Shepherd? Sheep? Which are you?

My Little Buddy Jake “Jake” At first glance, he looks a little confused, but I think he’s not. Yes, he’s a shepherd, but first and foremost, he’s a sheep. My friend Jake sits prominently next to my desk. He’s a shepherd. Maybe someone calls him “Pastor.” But he seems… Read More

Gifted to share their blessings

A Word from the Lord “When Lydia and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. ‘If you consider me a believer in the Lord,’ she said, ‘come and stay at my house.’ And she persuaded us.” Acts 16:15 A Word of Encouragement God gives… Read More

Clear communication is not easy

A Word from the Lord “By the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you – I, Paul, who am ‘timid’ when face to face with you, but ‘bold’ when away.” 2 Corinthians 10:1 A Word of Encouragement Paul and the Corinthians had a hard time communicating well. Being… Read More

It’s Healthy to Welcome Words of Appreciation

Don’t downplay words of thanks Everyone needs appreciation. As long as it doesn’t go to your head, every Paul needs an encourager like Barnabas, and few church work professionals receive as much as they need. I still have 35 year old notes of appreciation in a file folder. When the… Read More

I’m one part, not the whole body

A Word from the Lord “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.” 1 Corinthians 12:12 A Word of Encouragement You have one gift, I have another, and yet we are bound together by… Read More

The gift of peacemakers

A Word from the Lord “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 A Word of Encouragement Emotions run high during a pandemic. Whether you are a peacemaker yourself or you know who they are in your fellowship, you are greatly blessed when harmony… Read More

Gifted for service

A Word from the Lord “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 A Word of Encouragement Today is a day for service, according to my gifts, remembering that I am but a steward of… Read More

Imparted gifts from a generous God

A Word from the Lord “There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all people. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:6-7 A Word of Encouragement They’re called “gifts” because of the… Read More

Unity in our diversity of gifts

A Word from the Lord “You do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed… I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there will be… Read More

You don’t get all the Spirit’s gifts. That’s okay!

God knows what he’s doing. One study identified 13 completely different “clusters of activity” that parish pastors are assigned monthly, each of which could be a separate career: public speaking, financial management, volunteer supervision, pastoral care, etc. You know the list. Nobody could possibly be an expert in every area. Read More

Humans Make the Best Pastors – Physical Wellness

A Word from the Lord “To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.” 2 Corinthians 12:7 A Word of Encouragement We’re best prepared for faithful service when completely humble and… Read More

Humans Make the Best Pastors – Intellectual Wellness

A Word from the Lord For some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing.” 2 Corinthians 10:10 A Word of Encouragement Being fully human makes our communication with others always less than perfect. Seek clarity in speech and… Read More