Personal development

  1. Sometimes People Don't Want to Learn

    Blog Sometimes People Don't Want to Learn

    You can’t teach someone who doesn’t want to learn. It is true. Perhaps you’ve tried. I’ve been worn out trying to teach principles I know someone needs…

  2. Addicted to the Institution

    Blog Addicted to the Institution

    I remember when I was in seminary having a really strange conversation with another student. I remember him telling me that he saw the need for change in the United Methodist…

  3. Avoiding Unnecessary Mistakes

    Blog Avoiding Unnecessary Mistakes

    Have you ever given advice to someone knowing they were going to do the exact opposite of what you were telling them to do? It happens to me a lot, although I guess it’s…

  4. The Illusion of Pastoral Effectiveness

    Blog The Illusion of Pastoral Effectiveness

    The acceptance of reality is always a liberation from the burden of illusion that we strive to justify by our errors and our sins. ~Seasons of Celebration, p. 116 What are the…

  5. Can You Preach on Something You Haven't Mastered?

    Blog Can You Preach on Something You Haven't Mastered?

    I often get emails from pastors wondering, Can I, as a pastor, preach about a subject that I know I’m struggling with or an area I know that I’m weak in? You may have …

  6. Health of a Leader

    Blog Health of a Leader

    I work with a lot of church leaders. One thing I’ve discovered, if they let me get close enough inside their real world, is that many are hurting. They are facing burnout…

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