Prayer and Theological Imagination

Praying well does not guarantee preaching well. Joe might be a prayer warrior, but this does not mean that Joe should have (or that he even wants) the microphone. The opposite is true too. A good preacher is not necessarily a good pray-er. There are probably really...

Knowing the Heart of the Father

Can we truly preach with power apart from knowing the heart of the Father? I start with a bold question because I believe it’s that important. Wait. Please allow me to correct that: Jesus thought it was that important! John 5:19 says, “Therefore Jesus answered and was...

Prayerful Pastors Speak with Power

Pastor Melissa felt fantastic after service last Sunday.  As people left church several commented, “Great sermon, pastor!” She knew it, too. She saw tears in eyes. People laughed at all the right times, humor and illustrations were inserted with care to align with the...

Discerning Difficult Situations

“Oh, the real pastor not here today?”  She said it honestly the first time, as I greeted the small gathering for worship before our weekly food pantry opened. As years passed, she begins to say it endearingly with a smile. We both knew she now saw me as someone who...

What To Do When Facing Difficult Situations

What To Do When Facing Difficult Situations                                                            There is much that I have learned in my nearly ten years of pastoral ministry, but one constant is that difficult situations are to be expected with the calling...

Crises in the Congo and Philippines: Pray and Give

​Our Free Methodist brothers and sisters in Africa and Asia urgently need your prayer and support right now. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, hundreds of thousands of people are being targeted for ethnic cleansing, and more than 7,000 Free Methodists have been...

One Indispensible Thing for Avoiding Burnout

    I’m not an expert on avoiding ministry burnout. I’ve been pastoring for twenty-five years, twenty of which have been spent in my current church, and so far I’ve managed (mostly) to avoid burnout, so maybe my experience lends a little credibility for...

Burnout does not have to be part of your Story

    As I sat at the table having my coffee that Monday morning, I felt exhausted. I had no motivation for the day, I was emotionally depleted, and I felt like I just wanted to stay in ‘my cave’ and not talk to another person. What was wrong with me?  ...

Understanding and avoiding Pastoral Burnout

Introduction Charles Spurgeon, one of the greatest preachers in his time (1834-1892), had a lifetime battle with depression. At times, he was in bed and immobile. H.A. Baldwin, a Free Methodist pastor/author, early 1900s, wrote Holiness and the Human Element. This...