Guidelines for Pastoral Care During Covid-19

As outbreaks of the coronavirus continue to spread globally, the endgame continues to be a moving target. Meanwhile, we as shepherds and faith leaders still must care for people, many of whom are feeling a rise in anxiety verging on panic. Allow me to offer these 10 brief guidelines to help frame our thinking and subsequently our...

Spiritual Needs in the Time of Corona

By now, many of us have acclimated to the COVID-19 social-distancing protocols. Churches are learning how to serve people online, schools have shifted to virtual home-based learning, and families are doing their best to stay in touch and support each other. As this crisis persists, we will need to address continuing needs of physical well-being and mental...

Stones Cry Out

I had a conversation with a student recently about the reality of God in the midst of lockdown. “In springtime,” he said, “it is always easy to look around and see examples of God in creation.” He was not referring to a pantheism in which “god is all and all is god.” Rather, he simply meant that...

What the Burning of Notre Dame Says About the American Church

The Notre Dame Cathedral burned in April 2019. The burning revealed neglect, rot, and decay both by the French society and the Catholic Church. The American church is experiencing the same revelation of neglect, rot, and decay. The world watched in disbelief as the Cathedral of Notre Dame engulfed in flames. Regardless of your...

Shelter in Grace

My social media feed blew up in the last couple of weeks with people arguing for and against holding public worship services in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. At the time, I was a bit surprised, unaware of the controversy that was brewing. Shortly after that, two pastors received national attention for violating stay-at-home orders by...

To Serve or Be Served

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that...

Chronological Extension of the Kingdom: Pastoral Ministry, Theological Education, and the Mission of the Church

As pastors and Christian ministry leaders, we understand that our purpose and task is tied with the mission of Christ. Yet there is an important aspect of the Church’s mission that is regularly overlooked and even ignored. One of the primary themes that runs throughout the Pastoral Epistles, and is particularly notable in 2...

Worship Leadership and the Growing Crisis

I have been a worship leader/pastor for more than twenty years, and now more than ever the church is facing a crisis of faith, morality, and overall biblical foundation and discipleship in worship leadership.  Before addressing the problem, let me say that I love to worship. I also love the many styles, sounds, and...

Mental Health and Ministry

I would love to tell you that having a relationship with the Lord allows you an exemption on having mental health issues, but I would be lying. Mental health refers to how we think, feel, and act and includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Frankly, I feel that any type of ministry position...

Sabbaticals Aren’t Just For Pastors. Here’s Why You Should Take One.

Twenty-seven years ago, I went on my first sabbatical. I had heard of ministers taking sabbaticals—going away for a few days to be with the Lord—but as a businessman, I didn’t think a sabbatical applied to me. However, the Lord led me to go on one. My in-laws helped me find a place to go, and I ended up...