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Is This Thing Killing Your Productivity?

So, this is my scenario: I’m fifteen minutes into my ministry workday, I’m sitting in my office, and I am just getting into the groove of a project that has been hanging over me for a couple weeks, when… Ding! Buzz! Ding!  Simultaneously, I hear an email notification from my laptop, my phone buzzes in […]


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4 Healthy Defaults for Balancing Family and Ministry – Part 4

In this series of posts,  I have talked about the importance of seeking out a vision for family and ministry, while also establishing healthy defaults as we seek greater balance. Although balancing family is often a moving target, it doesn’t mean we should not aim to establish healthy patterns and systems in our family life. So far in this […]


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4 Healthy Defaults for Balancing Family and Ministry – Part 3

In my first post in this series I talked about the importance of seeking out a vision for our own family while we journey through ministry together. So often we are quick to craft vision statements and values for our churches, yet we neglect to have a God-given vision for our own family. If you are […]


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4 Healthy Defaults for Balancing Family and Ministry – Part 2

In a previous post I talked about the importance discovering a new vision for balancing family and ministry. Ultimately, trying to find balance often feels like a moving target, so it’s essential that our family has a clear God-given vision of what is needed for the long haul. While finding balance is a moving target […]


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Balancing Family Ministry

4 Healthy Defaults for Balancing Family and Ministry – Part 1

In my previous post I talked about the importance of allowing a God-given vision for family and ministry. After, trying to balance family and ministry is a moving target for most of us. Just when you think you have it figured out, it changes! While trying to find balance seems like an impossible task, it […]


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A New Vision For Balancing Family & Ministry

Every time we say “yes” to something will always mean that we are saying “no” to something else. For those of us in ministry, it’s often easiest to say “no” to our family. They understand better, right? But, fast forward a few years and your spouse (if you are married), and your kids, (if you […]


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Where to Begin When You Have a Long List of Tasks…

Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves. Dale Carnegie.  If you are like me there are seasons when my list of things to do seems to be never ending. If I am honest, there are times when I can get a little overwhelmed as scroll through my task list […]


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When You Don’t Have Enough Time… What to do…

We have 24 hours every day… There’s always more to do than we have time for… What can we do when there is more to do, and not enough time? Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he […]


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Is it Time to Change Things for the Sake of Your Kids?

This week I read an astonishing article about a prominent businessman, (Mohamed El-Erian, pictured below), who quit his career after his 10 year old daughter gave him a list of 22 milestones that he had missed as a result of his demanding investment career. As I read the article I was sad to hear that it took […]


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Avoiding Youth Ministry Burnout

Over commitment over time can lead to lack of commitment and eventually burnout.  No one enters youth ministry ever expecting to burnout, breakdown, or lose their passion. However, in my years of youth ministry I have heard too many stories of great youth workers who left ministry all together because of burnout… There are many […]


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