Planning Pitfalls

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations,if you live near him.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit ( Ballantine Books, 1937, 1938, and 1966 ) p. 207. This post relates to all planning but I have church planters in mind most particularly. I love church planters because of what they are … More Planning Pitfalls

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A Pastoral Horror Story

I heard a horror story yesterday. A large mega-church “hired” ten interns. One day before they were to finish their internships, they were all fired and none were given good recommendations. None. I said, “hired” in quotes because they were paid “slave wages” and worked long hours. At another church, apparently a mega-church with a … More A Pastoral Horror Story

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When Christian Leaders are Criticized

This is a site designed to provide materials, ideas and hope for Christian Leaders. It is pastoral care for church planters, missional leaders, pastors and missionaries and all those who want to be more effective and more Christ-centered in their lives and ministry. Working with Standing Stone Ministry, I meet with pastors on a regular … More When Christian Leaders are Criticized

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The Lovingkindness of the Shepherd of Israel

  “Three key Hebrew verbs are used for leading a flock. Nahal means leading with tenderness and can refer to bringing a flock to a place of rest and refreshment. Nakhah is a straightforward guidance verb. Nahag suggests the kind of directive herding accomplished best from the back of the flock, when the will of … More The Lovingkindness of the Shepherd of Israel

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A Warning to Pastors and Others Who Lead

[Dateline: October 15, 1950] I’m reading a military history book. It was a national bestseller when Penguin Random House published it in 2018. Hampton Sides, the author, tells the epic story of “Chosin Reservoir—the Greatest Battle of the Korean War”. ON DESPERATE GROUND is a compelling read. This morning, I was in chapter 7 which … More A Warning to Pastors and Others Who Lead

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When Leaders Value Differing Voices

I have been plodding through William Manchester’s epic biography of Winston Churchill. Last night I found a number of episodes in Churchill’s life that are COMPLETELY out of step with our cultural moment. Each page that I read showed the superiority of Churchill’s worldview (with all of his personal flaws) over the current politically correct, … More When Leaders Value Differing Voices

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