Harnessing the Power of Results in Your Ministry

Harnessing the Power of Results in Your Ministry

I recently wrote an article about Positional Leadership and how it can only take you so far. This is the lowest and least effective level of leadership. People simply follow because they have to. In that same article, I argue that you and I must work to minimally get...
Positional Leadership: It Only Takes You So Far

Positional Leadership: It Only Takes You So Far

Titles are important. People work hard to earn their titles. Priests go through many years of education and formation to earn the title of Father. Same is true for someone who earned their doctorate or is a Deacon. In other cases, titles are bestowed on us by our...
3 Things Your Pastor Won’t Tell You

3 Things Your Pastor Won’t Tell You

I once had a supervisor who rarely met with me in person. He was busy leading his own ministry and had a lot of things on his plate. Still, I longed to have some conversation with him. I wanted his feedback and his thoughts. Mostly, I wanted to keep the doors of...
Why Do We Teach Confirmation?

Why Do We Teach Confirmation?

Just recently, my Master of Divinity students and I were discussing the topic of teaching Confirmation in a parish. Many of them expressed frustration at their experience, saying things like: “They are not interested at all.” “I just can’t seem to engage them.” “Why...
Disability in Parishes: More than Ministry

Disability in Parishes: More than Ministry

This is a guest post by my friend and ministry colleague, Lindsey West. She is part of a unique ministry in the Church and is raising awareness about disabilities in ministry. Her bio can be found at the end of this article. If you’re in ministry, do you ever find...
Salaries and Pay: Giving Ministry Staff a Just Wage

Salaries and Pay: Giving Ministry Staff a Just Wage

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, I am regaled over and over again with stories from friends and from friends of friends about how they have contemplated or have actually moved away from the area. Many of these people are colleagues in ministry who...