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Tim Patrick

Tim Patrick

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 09:04

Leadership is Lonely!

Do you ever feel the loneliness of leadership? When I feel like having a pity party, I often tell my wife I feel “so” lonely. Why is this the case? Why do we feel this pressure?

Monday, 11 June 2018 06:33

Avoiding Impulsive Leadership

Have you ever been guilty of impulsive leadership? Impulsive leadership happens when you plan an activity as an afterthought or in a hurry. Most often these occur because the activity is expected or the calendar dictates. For instance, if you serve in a location where a fall revival is a part of the church tradition, impulsive leadership can creep in. And the results will show your impulsiveness.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 07:53

The Integrity of Approachability

Our approachability is vital. Our integrity is at stake.

 “Did you read my email?” A ministry friend asked me this question – he was following up on an earlier promotion that had sent me. At times like this you have several choices: lie, act dumb, or admit the truth. By the time the question was posed (truthfully) I could not remember the email correspondence. My answer was, “I cannot remember getting the promotion.”

Friday, 04 May 2018 13:11

Self-Glory

Are you ever guilty of worshipping yourself? What a disturbing possibility! In his book, Dangerous Calling, Paul David Tripp says, “Perhaps in ministry there is no more potent intoxicant than the praise of men, and there is no more dangerous form of drunkenness than to be drunk with your own glory.” (p. 167)

Monday, 30 April 2018 09:15

The Hard Work of Communication

Let me say up front, I AM NO EXPERT ON THIS SUBJECT! There, I’ve cleared my conscience.

Friday, 13 April 2018 15:13

IN SPITE OF

Years ago I cut an article from a magazine entitled, “In Spite Of.” The writer, J.B. Fowler, was editor of a Christian newspaper. Fowler referenced people who had significant life accomplishments “in spite of” challenging circumstances. Some of the examples he used included:

Saturday, 07 April 2018 21:00

Light Houses Don’t Compete

Have you ever been envious of another church or another minister? Come on, all of us have been affected by such emotions!

As a young preacher I sometimes dreamed of walking in Billy Graham’s shoes. As a pastor I sometimes dreamed of leading the next Saddleback. Our desire to reach such heights varies in intensity and scope, but it is there.

Friday, 02 March 2018 15:10

Riding the Waves of Life

Several days ago I found myself riding a wave. A wave is one of those times when you feel high, emotionally, spiritually and physically. During this phase I relish ministry and enjoyed little things, such as listening to a favorite preacher.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 10:20

Relax and Back Off

Last Friday I came home from work and was struck with a strange emotion, panic. That was unusual. I had not felt such emotion in some time. We Christians are, in theory, supposed to have it all together. And we pastors are to be an example to everyone else. Right!

Sunday, 21 January 2018 17:10

Do Nothing!

Today while reading J.D. Greear’s book, Jesus Continued, I was struck with a disturbing challenge. The challenge to Do Nothing! This thought was expressed within the context of a chapter on the Holy Spirit.

Greear develops his thoughts from Jesus words to the disciples in Luke 24:29. “I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

Jesus instructed the disciples to Do Nothing but to wait. Doing nothing is not in the DNA of most pastors.

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