Making virtual teams work

Making virtual teams work

I’ve been doing quite a bit of coaching recently with people who are forming virtual teams– teams that don’t normally gather locally but rather work together from remote locations. One of the things I’ve learned is that virtual teams work best if you have an...
Chasing two rabbits

Chasing two rabbits

An old proverb says, “The hunter who chases two rabbits catches neither.” This is the old problem we continue to face. When we are trying to do too many things, we become distracted and don’t accomplish any of them well.  Find out what is important and focus on that...
God’s calling at an early age

God’s calling at an early age

Among my earliest memories are receiving Christ as savior and knowing I was supposed to work for God. At the time, the only people I knew who worked for God were missionaries, so I wanted to be a missionary. (I didn’t know that being a pastor was an actual job as...
What comes after Alpha?

What comes after Alpha?

Alpha is a great example of my metaphor of the path. (You can read a description of that metaphor here if you’re not familiar with it.) Alpha focuses on finding seekers in the parking lot who want to explore spiritual things. The participants have dinner together each...
Let it go: a Christmas sermon

Let it go: a Christmas sermon

A pastor friend of mine, Roshaun Gendrett, is planning to preach a Christmas sermon and the Lord gave him an interesting take on Christmas this year. His theme is “let it go.” In the sermon, he will talk about all the things we need to let go of. Starting with the...
Pastoral care during grief and loss

Pastoral care during grief and loss

I was recently asked for counsel on how best to engage in pastoral care during a time of grief and loss. That’s never an easy thing to respond to. No one– not even pastors– ever really knows what to say in cases where someone has died. That’s especially...