Professional Growth

August 14, 2019

The seed was planted early for me to enter church work. There were the older members of the congregation who, when I was a second grader, pinched my cheek after I said my lines in the Christmas program and remark, "What a nice voice! You should be a pastor!" Then there was Pastor Werth, inviting me and some other newly confirmed kids to a “visit weekend” at our local Concordia. I didn’t think all that seriously about...

June 3, 2019

A number of years ago, while leading a Bible study for high school youth group, I was discussing what goes into developing maturity and character.  As a way to get my point across, I suggested that it would be interesting if someone were to invent a special spray that would provide the user with “Instant Maturity.”  That must have grabbed the attention of the youth, because to this day I have a spray bottle in my off...

March 4, 2019

In his latest, book, Didn’t See It Coming, pastor, blogger, and podcaster Carey Nieuwhof, offers insights on the often missed warning signs of trouble that infiltrate our lives and threaten to undo the work that we dedicate our lives to. Drawing upon his own struggles that left him spiritual and emotionally drained, Nieuwhof warns readers about the often subtle ways in which we compromise and weaken the integrity of...

July 10, 2018

Have you ever wondered where mental health practitioners turn in order to diagnose mental, emotional, or behavioral problems?  The answer is: they turn to the DSM.  Psychiatrists, psychologists, marriage-family therapists, licensed clinical social worker, etc, all go to the pages of this “bible” for mental and emotional disorders. The American Psychiatric Association wrote the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Me...

June 11, 2018

“The State of Pastors” (The Barna Report), is a compressive report on how clergy see themselves in today’s complex world. Among many findings is the fact that one in three pastors do not feel prepared for counseling or solving people problems. Another 27% report inadequate training in handling conflict. Nearly a third of clergy feel ill-prepared for administrative burdens in the ministry. These are the top three in a...

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