Rock Climber

Hanging in for the Long Haul of Ministry

Ministry can feel like climbing a huge mountain at times can’t it? When I first started out things seemed so simple… If you are like me, while ministry is exciting and fulfilling, you have also come to realize that ministry can be challenging and overwhelming at times. What began as clear-cut becomes confusing… What began […]


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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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President Obama

A Crucial Leadership Failure Learned from President Obama

This is not a political blog post. This is not an opinion about whether one side is right and the other is wrong. This post is an observation on leadership from an independent British guy who has lived in the United States for the last fourteen years. (As a green card holder, I can’t even […]


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Facing Fear

Living with a Healthy View of Fear with C.S Lewis

The settled happiness and security which we all desire, God withholds from us by the very nature of the world: but joy, pleasure, and merriment, He has scattered broadcast. We are never safe, but we have plenty of fun, and some ecstasy. It is not that hard to see why. The security we crave would […]


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Time Clock

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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10 Reasons Why You MUST Delegate to Volunteers

As a Family Ministry Pastor, I get to oversee our staff, and volunteers from birth through high school. On any given weekend it takes a massive amount of volunteers to pull off a great children’s and student ministry experience. If you add in events, partnering with parents, and the day to day running of our […]


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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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fall pond

Perspective Provides Purpose

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14 Recently I went back to my hometown in the UK to see my mother. Just over a year ago she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She has deteriorated […]


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Say no

The Importance of Saying “No” to ‘Yes People’.

If you are like me, it always feels good to hear affirmation as a leader. If I am honest, there are times when I wish everyone would agree with my vision, philosophies, and my day-to-day decisions. But, sadly, as a leader that is not the real world… Every leader should expect push-back, criticism, and opposition […]


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Simplify Your Communication to Volunteers and Help Them Succeed!

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” — General Colin Powell As a pastor to families, I directly and indirectly oversee staff and volunteers in our children’s and student ministries. With busy volunteers, and with so many competing messages in their […]


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