Loneliness in leadership is never fun. It’s also less than necessary when it comes to living on a pedestal.   Pastors are often surrounded by people who elevate them as super Christians. We’re already called by God to live to a higher standard so it’s no fun being judged by one that is entirely artificial. …

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Pastors are leaving vocational ministry at an alarming rate. Coupled with slow church planting, the problem threatens the church’s existence. The pandemic accelerated the pain, but this is systemic and ongoing.   As we wonder what can be done, I want to spend a few weeks exploring possible solutions on this website.   This Is …

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A recent trip to Orlando found me in my favorite restaurant—the one with the golden arches. While stuffing my face with a Sausage McMuffin, I hummed to the piped-in music. Connecting the sounds with the auditorium where I spoke the day before took a while. The “Aha, these people are bringing Jesus into McDonalds” soon …

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Would you consider yourself a security guard, a hoarder or an equipper? You can describe most church leaders in one of these terms. We each feel the call to shepherd the flock God assigned us, but we do that in unique ways. Much depends on our spiritual gifts, our community and even the availability of …

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A friend recently revealed the “secret sauce” of Hope Chapels. He told me, “this is something you never teach, but I learned it from you anyway.” So much for making disciples… He said the secret sauce is that we established a root culture of communication at every level in our movement. He discovered it in …

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Juneteenth celebrations began in churches and rightly so. The holiday began one year after the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas. The Confederate army had surrendered months earlier but it was on June 19, 1865 that Union General Robert Granger read the liberating document in the streets of Texas. A year later the commemoration began. Jesus came …

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Thirty-nine years ago, Aaron Suzuki and I moved our families to Hawaii from Southern California. We had a strong church behind us yet had plans to start an automotive repair service as a bivocational fallback. We didn’t anticipate strong spiritual hunger among the people we would meet. I would now admit that our years there …

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