Sunday, 18 December 2016 05:56

Hope Beyond Depression

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The past several weeks The Shepherd’s Connection has posted articles about depression. Depression is real, but there is hope beyond depression. In fact, there are a number of experiences (termination, burnout, conflict, even holidays, etc.) we face in ministry, which might be viewed as ministry killers. Many people see this with depression. That is absolutely not true.

Friday, 09 December 2016 13:43

Depression is Real!

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Depression is real!!!! It can happen to anyone. In April of 2009 my primary care doctor discovered that I had a brain tumor. Through the guidance of my primary care doctor I ended up at a neurosurgeon in Shreveport, La.

Thursday, 01 December 2016 16:28

I Am Depressed

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Three of the hardest words for a pastor to verbalize are the words, “I am Depressed.” These words are like cotton in the mouth. They are hard to verbalize.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 10:21

Walk in their Shoes

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Pastor, have you ever stopped to think of all the “stuff” your people have been through before you arrived. This “stuff” affects their church behavior and the extent to which they will follow/not follow you. Their behavior does not mean they are bad people. It means they are carrying a lot of “stuff” (baggage) that must be considered as you work with them.

Monday, 14 November 2016 09:09

Pressure to Produce

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While sorting through my mail today the first thing I noticed was Outreach magazine. This issue was devoted to the 100 Fastest-Growing Churches in America. This issue always intrigues me. The stories of these churches fascinate me. To read about churches running 20,000-25,000 in attendance is amazing. I marvel at these churches, their pastors, and the ministry they perform.

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 09:22

Pastors Who Lack Close Friends: 5 Reasons Why

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Barna Research discovered that 61% of pastors are lonely and have few close friends. The loneliest people in churches are often pastors. Why is this so?

The experts say that five key factors inhibit pastors from developing close friendships.

I see part of my role as a senior leader as a developer of other leaders. In church terms, as much as I am called to make disciples, I am called to disciple disciple-makers.

I take this role seriously. I am consistently thinking how I can encourage people around me to be better at what they do. Several years ago, with another staff member - someone who once worked with me - mentioned my intentionality in developing leaders on his blog.

Here’s my theory on the subject.

Thursday, 20 October 2016 06:41

Choose Words Carefully

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The most powerful force in the world may not be the nuclear bomb or earthquakes or hurricanes.  I’m convinced that words may be the most powerful force in the world.  Words can bring comfort; they can bring hurt; they can bring unity; they can bring division.  When used correctly, words are a powerful force to motivate people; they can also destroy.  Some examples of the power of words are:

Patrick Henry stirred the spirits of the people of 13 colonies so that a motley crew beat Great Britain’s army:  “Give me liberty or give me death.” 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 08:01

Just Walk Away

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Sometimes the best thing you can do is walk away. The place where we built our home, two years ago, has a number of roots that play havoc with a lawn mower. I have been working diligently to remove these enemies. A few days ago I encountered some roots that got the best of me. I just walked away.

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