Every day, people all around us live in a chronic state of dread, anxious about what tomorrow will bring.
Nations and economies are crumbling. News media agitates our deepest fears. It often feels like the ground is shaking beneath our feet.
In a time like this, it is critical that we continue to LIVE and LEAD out of deep rest in Christ.
But how do we break free from the gravitational pull of bad news and despair?
I believe we must recalibrate a biblical vision of HOPE. (Hint: it's more than optimism)
Let's be clear – this doesn't happen easily. We must contend for God's vision of reality and vigilantly pursue deep rest in Christ.
In today's podcast episode, I share keys to cultivating hope and deep rest.
Hiring new staff (paid or volunteer) is one of the most difficult responsibilities of church leadership. The difference between the right hire and the wrong hire will have long-term consequences in your church.
Two weeks ago on the podcast, I brought the first part of "Emotionally Healthy Hiring (Paid or Volunteer)", in which we covered the first 7 principles that leaders must consider before making a hire.
Today, I bring the second part, offering the next 6 out of 13 principles for emotionally healthy hiring. (It's shocking to hear how often principle #11 is overlooked when hiring staff!)
Churches around the world are rebuilding in a post-pandemic world. Leaders are assembling new teams and desperately trying to fill vacant positions.
The temptation to cut corners in your hiring process (paid or volunteer) is ENORMOUS. When you feel the pressure to onboard a new worship leader or children's pastor in order to keep "the wheels on the bus", it's easy to make poor hiring decisions.
In today's podcast, I share 7 out of 13 principles that MUST be considered before your next hire. On the following podcast, I'll release part two of this series with the remaining principles.
Today, very few church leaders feel like they are winning.
We look at our churches compared to what they used to be or what we'd like them to be, and it's hard to feel like we're making a real difference.
So we're faced with a difficult temptation...
Do we use our best energy to chase the perception of momentum? Or do we pursue heaven's perspective and seek to live with integrity from the inside out?
In today's podcast, I want to encourage you as a pastor or church leader. Jesus is King and He is ruling over the whole world – including your church!
Great news! I'm officially back from my summer sabbatical and I'm excited to share with you insights from my time away.
In the 3rd - 5th centuries, early Christian men and women fled to the desert to escape the moral compromise in the church and the idols of the world. They did this, not out of self-righteousness, but in order to send a life raft to the church and be a gift to the world.
The truth is – we must find a new way to live as desert fathers and mothers if we are going to live with deep peace and a powerful witness.
In today's podcast, I share 8 ways you can create for yourself a desert from which you can better love God and love others.
One of the most destructive temptations leaders face is living and leading from the veneer of a "false self". In other words, we project an image of how we'd like to be perceived, rather than living from truth.
In today's podcast, I share a sermon from Colossians 3 that explores how we can overcome our false self and live out of our true self in Christ.
Many leaders today believe that if we're going to get things done and be successful, we must "take the bull by the horns". We are told that strength and power win in the economy of leadership.
So when Jesus boldly announces "Blessed are the Meek", it's no wonder that many of us shrug our shoulders and keep plowing ahead.
In today's podcast, I share a sermon that explores the depth underneath Jesus' words as he invited us into a life marked by meekness.
Today on the podcast, I share a part of an interview I did earlier this year with the Canadian Church Leaders Network.
I expanded upon what I see as one of God’s purposes for pouring out His Spirit - giving us the power to die.
For too many years, I thought being a peacemaker was simply being a nice person.
Because of this illusion, I spiritualized my conflict avoidance and created a culture in my church where everyone pretended things were ok. This is the definition of false peace.
In the second part of this series, we explore how Jesus disrupted false peace by cleansing the temple. If you're a people-pleaser, this is a critical message for our day!
I spent my early years avoiding conflict. True peacemaking, when understood correctly, actually comes through disrupting false peace.
In today's podcast, I share a sermon that goes deeper into this new understanding. I assure you...it changes everything.
Many pastors have been professionally educated and extensively trained.
The problem is – we are facing a massive discipleship crisis. I've found that much of our training doesn't help get at the root of this problem.
Deep change requires a new kind of training.
In today's episode, I cast a biblical vision for why training is not a "once and done" experience but a lifestyle we are called to.
Have you ever stopped to consider what season you are in?
Spring, summer, fall, or winter?
When we ignore the reality of our season, not only do we constantly feel like we're missing it, but we are unable to receive the unique gifts of God.
On today's podcast, together we'll explore how to discern and navigate our unique leadership seasons.
For many leaders, the pain and failure that come with leadership are often too much to bear.
But the truth is – pain and failure are some of God's greatest gifts to us.
Why? Because it is the only way we will mature into the unique leaders He has destined us to become. In today's podcast episode, I'll show you how to perceive the challenges of leadership as gifts from the Father.
Have you ever returned from vacation tired and empty?
As we enter into the summer months in North America, we have an opportunity to completely re-think the way we take our vacations from a biblical perspective.
On today's podcast, I explore what you must do BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER your vacation in order for you to get the rest and restoration you need.
Is your life and leadership the same on the INSIDE as it is on the OUTSIDE?
You might respond "Of course it is!". But reality is - sometimes it's hard to know. That's why God often sends others to help us see our own blindspots.
In today's podcast, I share this full sermon and 3 invitations that I believe are critical for the day in which we live.
It has been almost 40 years since I graduated from seminary. I had no idea there would also be a few HARD lessons waiting for me. Each of them would completely transform my life and ministry.
In today's podcast, I share just 5 of these important lessons hoping they can be a gift to you as well.
Most leaders are consumed with solving problems, putting out fires, and managing people.
Most leaders are taught that THIS is good leadership! But the truth is, if you want to be a transformational leader, you must learn to lead from the inside out.
In today's episode, I share about the three temptations that must be resisted in order to lead from within.
Last week on the podcast we covered a thorny topic – Church Scandals.
In today's episode, I tackle several questions that listeners sent me last week, and then we dive into part two of the key to addressing our church scandal crisis.
They seem to be more and more frequent in headline news. Each one has a dramatic effect on all of us. They are to be grieved but also carefully examined.
Please listen to today's episode, and if appropriate, share with others leaders who could benefit from this conversation.
We must recover the ancient practice Sabbath. It's how we slow down our lives to delight in Jesus, and in doing so, anchor ourselves into eternity.
On today's podcast, I share a message which is the second part of our podcast series on the Sabbath.
Becoming an emotionally healthy disciple is not just about self-discovery and self-improvement.
Ultimately, our discipleship MUST lead us to become spiritual mothers and fathers of the faith - helping those around us discover their God-given power and purpose.
In today's podcast, I share a message that invites us to become spiritual mothers and fathers in the faith.
On today's podcast, I share a sermon that will help you grow as an emotionally healthy leader – prudent with your time, wealth, energy, and resources. Only with prudence are we able to become the kind of leaders who create and shape the future!
Recently, I made a large, consequential decision over the period of 3 - 6 months. This discernment process required me to personally apply the principles of Emotionally Healthy Discipleship in a deep way.
In today's podcast episode, I will walk you through the specifics of this real-life decision, why it was complex, and five questions that guided me in this decision-making process.