Encouragement

Tensions in Leadership: Passion and Commitment

Last year, our church expanded our meeting room by eliminating our office space. The expansion meant that the whole room was now off center, so everything had to be moved and/or expanded. Mains, subs, sound booth, stage, backdrops, lights, you name it. Our amp closet was demolished in the expansion, and everything had to be…

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Leading Worship for the Long Haul: 3 Ways to Endure

This month marks my 13th year in ministry. I am frequently overwhelmed with gratefulness that God chose me to lead people to corporately worship Him. Over the past 13 years of voluntary, bi-vocational, and full time ministry, I have learned some truths. First, ministry can be hard on your family, your friendships, and you. Second,…

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How to Prevent Burnout: The Ministry Axiom

In my last article, I talked about The Ministry Axiom, a way of thinking about our time and resources that can help cope with burnout. Now, I want to look at the example that Jesus gave for dealing with his “>” followed by practical steps for preventing burnout in your own ministry life: Jesus Stayed…

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Getting Real About Burnout: The Ministry Axiom

Warning: this article contains mathematical concepts that you may have not stumbled across for a long time. Please consult your closest available 6th grade math book to refresh yourself on these symbols: <, =, > before reading any further.   I remember my very first paid ministry position. I had joined the team of a…

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How to Stay Encouraged

When we first gets into ministry, everything looks awesome. There’s a feeling of “we’re going to change this world together, we’re going to make a difference, we’re going to impact people for the Lord, we’re going to use the skills and opportunities to do something that really matters.” At the beginning you’re looking at everyone as…

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A Thankless Job Disappears When You Say Thank You

Worship pastors and worship leaders have a unique role. Not only are they responsible for leading worship, but they are also accountable for the health of the teams they lead. One of these teams is the technical ministry team. The group of individuals solely responsible for whether or not the congregation can hear, see or…

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8 Ways To Encourage Your Team Members

On a recent Thursday night, our worship team was about halfway through our rehearsal for an upcoming Sunday morning service. Somebody cracked a really funny joke which led to a series of back and forth comments and pretty soon I had that sinking feeling that I was losing control of the situation. This has happened…

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4 Ways to Navigate the dualism of pastorship and self development

This is an election year. You know what that means, right? All the “crazies” come out. Candidates, commentators, opinion makers and takers. I don’t mind so much except that often statements are made in public forums that may or may not reflect what a candidate actually feels or thinks about a subject. This lends itself…

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Church Envy: When the Grass is Greener on the Other Side

A look at church envy and when the grass is greener on the other side I was going through some old files the other day and came across a bunch of notes from some worship conferences I attended a few years ago. As I leafed through all my chicken scratch and half legible note taking, I started…

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