Reflections On My Dad’s Retirement

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Tomorrow is my dad’s last Sunday as Sr. Pastor of Troy United Methodist Church in Troy, IL. I have had the privilege of serving on staff with him for many years. The lessons I’ve learned working on staff with my … Continued

The Most Important Thing You Can Give Your Child

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There was once a businessman who had a grueling schedule, often leaving home before his young daughter was up and getting back just moments before she was asleep in bed. One day he decided to take his young daughter to … Continued

Time Management For Church Leaders: The Big Three

Most pastors, worship leaders, student ministry leaders and other church ministry staff are in charge of their own time.  This can be both good and bad. The scale can tip either way – all work and no play or too … Continued

Three C’s For Your Worship Team Meetings

Over the years, our worship team has met in a variety of different ways, time slots and schedules.  Here are a few examples: For a few years, we did a Friday night retreat / party where we talked about worship … Continued

Ministry Is About People

I recently read about a famous exchange from the former Southwest Airlines CEO, legendary Herb Kelleher. Kelleher asked a friend who had recently started a company, “So, how’s it going?”. The friend groaned, “Herb, I’m spending 99.9 percent of all … Continued

Nine Ways to Begin Your Sunday Message

I preach at our church about half the time. It’s always a joy to share with the congregation. I recently picked up an old book called Speaking With A Purpose by Author Koch. There are tons of practical tips and … Continued

Enjoy The Ride


We spend much of our lives at work. At any given time, life can be taken from us and we would have lots of unopened emails, lots of comments on social media and lots of unfinished business.  But the biggest … Continued

Being Left “Holding The Rock” (One tip to balance church work and home life)

This past week and weekend was hectic. Long days, lots of details. Forty eight invigorating hours of ministry work between Thursday evening and Sunday evening. Even when I was home, I was mentally distracted. Once the schedule came to a … Continued

Never Get Tired Of Telling Your Church These Seven Things

There was a phrase that struck a chord with me from Philippians 3:1 this morning: Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard … Continued

Invite Kids To Follow Christ

Dwight L. Moody was once quoted saying, “If I had my life to live over, I would give all my time to children.” Ministry to all ages is important, but I wonder if we make the mistake of thinking ministry to … Continued

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