A Lie About Life As A Pastor

A Lie About Life As A Pastor

My formative years in ministry were nothing short of anointed in terms of the freshness of God’s call on my life, yet looking back on those years, I realize I was told a lie about what life would be like as a pastor. No, those that told it to me weren’t habitual liars. In fact, they weren’t liars at all. They were good men. They were righteous men. They certainly did not believe they were lying to me, the young gun going into ministry. No, I found that they believed the lie themselves, for the lie shaped how they operated in ministry. I began my work at seminary and I quickly found that the lie lived on my seminary campus, too. My theological education shaped my journey significantly, and I’m incredibly thankful for it. That doesn’t mean, though, that lies don’t exist at seminary. We all know better. I heard the lie from pastor after pastor, and professor after professor. I didn’t believe the lie then, and I surely do not believe it now after spending over 2 decades of living out my call from God. The lie was this: you cannot have close friends within the church you serve. How The Lie Started. The very first pastor that ever mentored me in ministry believed the lie. I’m sure the lie was handed down to him, for my first pastor wasn’t a liar. He had been shaped by the lie, however, and it showed. He didn’t really let any man into his life. After going to college and looking back on my time with him, I realized that many...
God and Hootsuite.

God and Hootsuite.

God use Hootsuite to teach me a truth I'd un-learned over time. I've been in ministry well over 20 years now. I learned pretty quick that if you’re the kind of person that needs a consistent stream of affirmation from people, then ministry isn’t going to be a lot of fun. Sure, people continually encourage me in one form or another, but man cannot live on encouragement alone, for it normally comes in small doses. Working From A Different View. In fact, of all people, those of us in ministry receive little energy derived from ROI: Return On Investment. The reason is simple: a lot of what we do is measured in the eternal scope of work; which means that a large portion of our life’s work will not show up in what we can see in the here and now. However, few things can cause a man of God to wither faster than living in a barren land where encouragement never comes. We are human, and like it or not, we are created to be emotional. Our souls need injections of encouragement, no matter how strong we may be as leaders. Recently, God spoke to me about this very issue. God has spoken to me through songs. God has spoken to me through people. God has spoken to me through creation. God has even spoken to me through dreams. However, God has never spoken to me in the way He did, or I should say, never through the medium He used most recently. God spoke to me about the results of the work of those of us called...
Pastoring: A Lesson I Learned Leading Men

Pastoring: A Lesson I Learned Leading Men

​Through various roles over the years as a pastor, associate, chaplain, or para-church ministry leader, this year marks my 23rd year in ministry. While a few things have changed, like God calling me out of being a pastor and into men's ministry targeting outdoorsmen, some things haven't changed at all.Pastoring Means Being Over-Extended One consistent pursuit of my life, regardless of my ministry platform, has been finding ways to impact the men within my sphere of influence. However, time was, and still is, forever an issue. Not just finding time in my own life, but in trying to find a time when a church member could carve out time on his end. On top of finding time, there was the relentless overhead of an overloaded schedule. I know what it's like to live a life of borderline schizophrenia as you are looked to as CEO, Strategist, Shepherd, Prophet, Marriage & Family Counselor, Missionary, Fund Raiser, and Preacher. So here's a method that worked for me when it comes to men's ministry. It has proven incredibly effective, yet insanely simple. It's called "lunch." Pastoring And The Power Of Food. I promise I'm not being cute. I told you it was incredibly simple, but I also told you it has been, and continues to be, incredibly effective. Men have to eat ... and men love to eat. I began to use that to my advantage. Every day. I knew I could not be the one to manage our men's ministry with all of my other responsibilities, yet I knew I could do something as simple as strategic lunches. While it may...