“When is it time to move on?” Is a question many pastors ask. Even if you are a not a pastor, it’s critical you know your pastor is probably asking this question. Your role is important to his health. Encouraging him and praying for him provides the life and fuel for an affective ministry. Letting him know he is appreciated makes him feel valued, but you can do more than that. Tell him what you like about his ministry. Share with him how God is using him in your life. Nothing is more vital than a pastor feeling loved and supported, but, there are times he’s going ask this question of God and certainly of himself, how long do I stay? Should I Stay, or Should I Go, is a great title for a rock song, but for right now, it’s an important subject for us to cover in this podcast. Pastor Steve Kerhoulas readily admits that he stayed two years too long in a recent ministry. How does one reconcile that realization with a solid belief in the sovereignty of God and his management of our lives. Whether you are a pastor wondering if it’s time to move on, or asking that question about a business or a move to a new place, you will be challenged and refreshed as you listen to this conversation.
I often tell pastors they are first a pastor at home. Before their church. I am not sure they get it. Some do, but not all. I get the head nod, the grunting ascent, but I sense it’s something caught, READ MORE
In all my years I have relied heavily on friendships with other men to carry me through life with it’s all too real challenges and opportunities. I’ve gone to them for help, and for counsel. I am one that doesn’t READ MORE
It is common when facing hardship to lose our gospel-drive. Self pity, and just the attention that grief needs can, and often does, take our eyes off the proverbial gospel ball. We can easily forget who we are and why READ MORE
What happens when the gospel impacts a hurting marriage? Restoration happens.
Two people, committed to each other for over 28 years, now face the real prospect of shattered dreams. Yet, especially for Cheryl, the wedding vows meant something. And for Phil, the gospel, this sheer determination to make sure this life is lived for Jesus, at home and outside of the home, brought hope, and invited Jesus to come and bring the broken pieces back together again.
The impulse is to say, no way! Your ministry can only be as strong as the pastor, or as strong as his family. Yet, over and over we see pastors struggle at home while leading seemingly healthy ministries.
Phil and Cheryl Hagar peel away the layers to reveal how at the core, the pastor will not get away by ignoring his family for a good ministry.
It will catch up with him as it did for Phil. Yet, God intervened and used the tragedy of a son’s diagnosis of cancer to bring about a revival in both in the home and in ministry.
In this inaugural podcast, I discuss how every believer is called to live for the Great Commission and the Gospel, but with the understanding that God places certain people to lead this charge. We call them pastors, elders, church leaders and many other titles. READ MORE
Recently I sat down with a couple in ministry whose marriage survived a shipwreck. The only reason they were talking to me can only be explained by the gospel. God took what was dying, breathed new life into it, and READ MORE
My wife and I spend a lot of time with our granddaughter, and I often ponder the sort of world she will have to grow up in. I think of how much has changed in just ten years and shudder READ MORE
I remember once preaching a really good sermon on healing. It contained all the ring of truth and was received with enthusiasm and praise. I felt good about myself after that sermon because I had wonderfully exposited on a difficult READ MORE