When You Feel Like Running, Then Run to Jesus

In Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving, authors Bob Burns, Tasha D. Chapman, and Donald C. Guthrie ask: What does it take for pastors not only to survive but to thrive in fruitful ministry over the long haul? Their study examined 5 areas: Spiritual Formation; Self-Care; Emotional and Cultural Intelligence; Marriage and Family;…

Holier Than Thou? A Theology of Church Work vs. Other Work

Many Christians have the impression that church workers — especially evangelists, missionaries, pastors, priests, ministers and the like — have a higher calling than other workers. While there is little in the Bible to support this impression, by the Middle Ages, “religious” life — as a monk or nun — was widely considered holier than…

How Do You Handle Self-Care?

I’m excited to share the fantastic news that I will be publishing another book with Herald Press, to be released next year!! Normally I would post any writing news on my other blog, Writing and Other Acts of Faith, but it seems most appropriate to share the news here first. Why? Because my new book project…

Developing Talent: Re-Imagining HR

At one time, Dee Ann Turner thought that she might work in full-time ministry for a church or mission agency; instead, she’s worked for the Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant chain for 25 years, most recently as Vice President of Talent. Umm, Chick-fil-A fast food? What’s that got to do with working for the church? And…

How to Create a Thriving Ministry Culture

Sarita Hartz has over 10 years of experience on the mission field and in the nonprofit sector. She founded her own nonprofit, got totally burned out, fell apart, spent three years working on her own healing and recovery, and now works at sharing what she’s learned to support other international workers and nonprofit organizations. “I finally…

Boundary Training that Moves Beyond Sexual-Misconduct Problems

In the context of Christian ministry, boundary training is often presented as training to prevent sexual misconduct. In my denomination for example, all new pastors take a Relationships with Integrity seminar, with a refresher course every six years. Given the seriousness of professional sexual misconduct and abuse, such training is essential. At the same time,…